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The 2016 Holiday Hours and Closure Schedule for JB Andrews Commissary:

Columbus Day October 10, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Veteran's Day November 11, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016 (CLOSED)
Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 (0900-1600 hours)
Christmas Day December 25, 2016 (CLOSED)
New Year Eve December 31, 2016 (0900-2100 hours)
New Year's Day January 1, 2017 (CLOSED)

Andrews Commissary offers the following;

***Early Bird Shopping Hours are 0800-0900 (Mon-Fri )
***19 regular cash registers, 6 self checkout registers, 4 SCO's for 15 items or fewer and 2 carousel style SCO's for 25 items or fewer.
***Fruit and Veggie Trays available in the Produce Dept.; small Trays serves approx 6-8 individuals and large trays serves approx 20-25 individuals
*** A variety of club pack items for your convenience, purchase larger sizes and save.
***Deli/Bakery Dept which sells Rotisserie Chicken and Turkey Beast,chicken wings.

***Guard and Reserve Members Now enjoy Unlimited Commissary Privileges!
Accept credit/debit cards
No tax, 5% surcharge used to build or renovate commissaries
Coupon, WIC, And Food Stamp
If you live far away, load up on non-perishables after drill--open Friday and Saturday until 2100 and Sunday until 1900.

Guest are welcome however can not purchase.

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Your Commissary ...
Its Worth the Trip

Happy 25th Anniversary

FORT LEE, Va.  Twenty-five years ago on Oct. 1, the Defense Commissary Agency took control of armed forces commissaries, worldwide.
The commissary benefit wasnt new in 1991, but it was the first time in history all military commissaries were managed by one agency. Since 1867, the benefit enabled armed forces personnel of all ranks to purchase food and household goods at a substantial savings, compared with civilian prices.
For years, each installation ran its own store, with minimal guidance from the service headquarters. After World War II, each service took a more active role in guiding commissary operations.
By the mid-1970s, each of the armed services had offices or agencies that were specifically dedicated to running retail commissaries: AFCOMS, the Air Force Commissary Service; NAVRESSO, the Navy Resale Services Support Office; TSA, the U. S. Army Troop Support Agency; and the Marine Corps Commissary Office.
As the Cold War ended, Congress began to anticipate the reduction of the Armed Forces, and their budgets; bases no longer needed would close, as would their stores.
Members of Congress wishing to protect the benefit thought it would be easier  and less costly  if all four services combined their operations under one roof  a purple agency with one budget to run all military commissaries.
In 1989, Congress formed a commission, led by Army Maj. Gen. Donald P. Jones, to conduct a study on the viability of such a system. The Jones Commission Report, as it was called, prompted Congress to merge the headquarters and region structures of the four systems into one.
At first, each service feared the merger would cause them to lose control over what they perceived as their benefit, and that one service or another might control the agency, to the detriment of the others.
Those fears proved to be false. The new defense agency was impartial to the services, thanks to the director, Army Maj. Gen. John P. Dreska, and a transition team of specialists from across the services commissary organizations.
Since then, eight directors or interim directors have led the agency in its mission of providing a commissary benefit to millions of authorized service members and their families.
A quarter of a century later, DeCA employees are proud of the agencys accomplishments. Much of what was done in 1991 has been improved, as DeCA adopted new and emerging methods and technologies. Todays commissaries have conveniences like self-checkouts, sushi bars, hot foods, deli-bakeries, credit and debit card acceptance, gift certificates and much more.
The history of DeCA has been one of adjusting to change, said current Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. This agency has excelled in turning challenges into opportunities to improve the commissary benefit for our patrons. Were proud of what we have accomplished, which is especially noteworthy when you consider how much has been done since our inception.
For 25 years, DeCA has made adjustments, as needed, to keep providing the benefit, even as stores closed due to base realignment and closure actions. Originally numbering 411 sales stores (plus another 17 grocery sections inside exchanges), there are now 238. But DeCAs newest stores are state of the art, and its older stores have received multiple upgrades.
Average customer savings increased as much as 10 percent in some locations. Industry supported the agency with great deals and prices, and DeCA developed new ways of doing business and reaching its customers. The Guard-Reserve on-site sales for customers who do not live near a commissary, is one obvious example.
Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, the senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director, sees the work of DeCAs employees up close and personal. Hes also a dedicated commissary patron.
Since 1991, the Defense Commissary Agency has provided a highly valued military benefit to our troops and their families, he said. I appreciate my commissary benefit and salute the dedicated men and women who have delivered it for nearly a quarter of a century.


Prepared for Disaster?

Are You Prepared for Disaster?
Commissary patrons can save on their emergency supplies
By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  Although military commissaries arent equipped to predict the next emergency, they do encourage their patrons to use their benefit to be prepared.
The Defense Commissary Agency routinely offers savings compared to commercial stores on the necessary items for any emergency, said agency Sales Director Tracie Russ.
It would be nice if we could accurately predict the impact of the next storm when it came to power outages, interruptions in available water and store closures. However, we do know from past experience its better to plan for the unexpected, Russ said. Thats why we work with our industry partners to offer deep discounts on many of the food products and other items our patrons need to be prepared.
As they take stock in their state of readiness, military patrons can shop their local commissaries for the following items, considered appropriate for disaster preparedness: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific items may vary from store to store.
According to a May 13 forecast from the Weather Channel (, the 2016 hurricane season is expected to have 14 named storms, eight of which will be hurricanes with three of the hurricanes potentially being category 3 or higher.
The North Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30 and covers the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Tornado season runs from April to July.
Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:
" Water  at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
" Nonperishable foods  canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
" Paper goods  writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
" Cooking items  pots, pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener
" First-aid kit  including bandages, medicines and prescription medications
" Cleaning materials  bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap
" Specialty foods  diet and low-calorie foods and drinks
" Toiletries  personal hygiene items and moisture wipes
" Pet care items  food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags
" Lighting accessories  flashlight, batteries, candles and matches
" Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
" Duct tape, scissors
" Multipurpose tool
" Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
" Cell phone with chargers
" Family and emergency contact information
" Extra cash
" Emergency blanket
" Maps of the area
" Blankets or sleeping bags
For more information about disaster preparedness, go to for lists of resources.

Home Safety Helps

Home safety helps prevent foodborne illnesses
By Kevin L. Robinson,
DeCA public affairs specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  When it comes to food safety, a few simple precautions at home could prevent a trip to the emergency room, Defense Commissary Agency officials say.
Commissary patrons have just as important a role to play in protecting themselves from foodborne illnesses as our food safety inspectors, said Chris Wicker, a public health advisor at DeCA headquarters. Simple actions can go far at home, whether its keeping your hands and food preparation surfaces clean or not leaving food out unrefrigerated after the meal is over.
In observance of Food Safety Month, DeCA is reminding its patrons to use the Be Food Safe guidelines when they handle their groceries from the store to their kitchen table.
The consequences of ignoring food safety at home can be potentially fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne illnesses each year.
You cannot take a day off when it comes to food safety, Wicker said. We formally track proper food handling techniques from the farm to the supplier and on to the store. But once they leave the store, consumers must be vigilant, too.
The Be Food Safe message is simple: clean, separate, cook and chill. The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety Inspection Service recommend the following safe handling techniques:

" Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.
" Wash utensils, cutting boards, dishes and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to prepare the next item.
" Food contact surfaces can be sanitized with a freshly made solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.
" Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in your grocery shopping cart and in your refrigerator.
" If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
" Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.
" Cook poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 F as measured with a food thermometer.
" Chill food promptly and properly. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods and leftovers within two hours (or one hour if temperatures are above 90 F).

Wicker said cross contamination along with failure to maintain proper temperatures of foods are leading causes of food borne illness  even on the trip home from the commissary.
Its always important to keep different perishable foods separate and that means paying attention to where they are in the car, he said. It also means bringing along a cooler if youre transporting groceries that could spoil during a long trip.
A few more tips for handling food safely can be found at
" Use hand sanitizer to wipe hands and the handle of the shopping cart.
" Clean hands before sampling food. Either bring moist towelettes or carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to use before you taste.
" If you use reusable grocery bags, wash them often.
" Check food packages for holes, tears or openings. Frozen foods should be solid with no signs of thawing.
" Check for a loose lid on jars whose seals seem tampered with or damaged. Report a defective cap to the store manager.
" Avoid buying cans that are deeply dented, bulging, rusting or have a dent on either the top or side seam.
" Use plastic bags to separate raw meat, poultry and seafood before placing them in your cart to avoid contaminating ready-to-eat foods like bread or produce.
" When shopping, select perishable foods last before checkout and group them together.
" Take groceries home immediately and store them right away. If on an extended trip, bring a cooler with chill packs for perishable foods. Perishable foods must be refrigerated within two hours and only one hour if it is over 90 F outside.
" Keep perishable foods out of the hot trunk in summer and place in the air-conditioned car instead.
For more food safety information, visit and choose News & Info then Food Safety from the dropdown menu. You can also choose Links then Health/Food Safety to see a list of websites on the latest health and safety reports and information from other agencies.
To find the latest food safety alerts and product recalls affecting military commissaries, visit and click on the Food & Product Recalls box on the front page.
For more food handling techniques, go to

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