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The Deadline for the 2016 Scholarship for Military Children applications are due by the close of business on Friday February 12th. Please turn all applications in at the Customer Service Office or the Secretary in the Administration office of the Commissary.

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

President's Day February 15, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Easter Sunday March 27, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Memorial Day May 30, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Independence Day July 4, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Labor Day September 5, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Columbus Day October 10, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Vetran'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)

JBAndrews 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.

For more information about ID Card Scanning, access our FAQS under Customer Service tab at

Your Commissary ...
Its Worth the Trip

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save an average of 30 percent or more on their purchases compared to commercial prices  savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
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Scholarships for Military Children
FORT LEE, Va.  Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at
A total of 700 scholarship grants, each worth $2,000, will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year. Those students selected for the honor will join nearly 9,000 whove been awarded more than $13.9 million in scholarship grants over the last 15 years.
At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.
To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21  or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university  of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.
Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicants family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.
Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2016 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.
Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.
Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.
The commissarys industry partners  vendors, suppliers and manufacturers and the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.
For more information, students or sponsors can visit You can also call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at

Flip the calendar to a new year of Commissary Savings
By Sallie Cauthers,
DeCA marketing and mass media specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  Commissary shoppers who want to save more money in 2016 can do so by taking advantage of special in-store promotions and coupons, according to the Defense Commissary Agencys director of sales.
Your commissary is always here to help you save even more on all your favorite name-brand products, said Tracie Russ, DeCAs director of sales. And, if getting healthier is part of your new years resolution, we have the products  fresh produce and items low in sugar, fat, salt and calories  to fit your lifestyle. Our website,, also has recipes, cooking tips and ideas to help you be healthier and save money in the process.
With January being the premier month for both college football bowl games and the NFL playoffs, the commissary is the best place to load up for winter football parties, Russ added. This year, party hosts may want to include a healthy twist: tacos with ground turkey and white chicken chili. Shoppers can also check out for Rewards Card coupons, the commissarys sales flyer and a list of Value Brand items designed to offer savings lower than or equal to commercial stores private label products.
Throughout January, DeCAs industry partners  vendors, suppliers and brokers  are collaborating with stateside commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substituted events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:
" Ring in the New Year with Kelloggs from Jan. 3 to 31. Save $3 with the purchase of any three Kelloggs caddy packs, Nutri-Grain Bars or Rice Krispies Treats. The purchase must be made in one transaction. This coupon is pre-loaded to all Commissary Rewards Cards on Jan. 3  the patron does not need to clip the coupon. This coupon can be used multiple times from Jan. 3 to 31.
" Quaker is running a $3 Commissary Rewards Card digital coupon from Jan. 1 to 31 with the purchase of any five mix and match products from these participating brands: Life, CapN Crunch; Quaker Oatmeal Squares; Quaker Instant Oatmeal (excluding Express Cups); Quaker Warm & Crunchy; Chewy; BIG Chewy; Chewy Dipps; Quaker Oats; Quaker Steel Cut Oats; Real Medleys Cereal; Real Medleys Bars; Aunt Jemima Syrup; Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix. The patron does not have to clip this coupon; it is preloaded starting Jan. 1. This coupon can be used multiple times from Jan. 1 to 31.
" Tyson Chicken for the Big Game! From Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, Tyson Chicken is offering significant discounts in stateside stores on leg quarters, thighs, drumsticks, boneless breast tenders and bone-in split breasts in time for all the major football playoff action. Tyson will also feature two-day demos on its Tyson Crafted Creations marinated meats line and its Fresh Meal Kits every weekend through January and up to Super Bowl weekend. In addition, they will also offer $2-off instant redeemable coupons on all of their special sale items.
" The Special Olympics  Procter & Gamble is offering their Special Olympics promotion worldwide from Jan. 11 to 24. Procter & Gamble will hand out, in the stores, Brandsaver coupon packets worth over $77. P&G will also donate a portion of its promotional sales to local Special Olympics chapters. Shoppers will see Special Olympics displays in their local commissary promoting specially marked P&G products.
" Kraft Foods Group - Score Big with Kraft. From Dec. 28 to Jan. 24, Kraft Heinz is offering tear pad coupons and giving away $50 gift certificates stateside and $25 gift cards overseas. Participating brands: Kraft Natural Cheese, Jell-O puddings and gelatins, Breakstones and Knudsen sour cream, Kraft dinners, Kraft salad dressings, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Oscar Mayer bacon and hot dogs, Philadelphia cream cheese, Maxwell House coffee, Planters Peanuts, Taco Bell, Cool Whip, Grey Poupon mustard.
" General Mills Progresso presents Warming Up America, offering discounts and high-value coupons on Progresso soups worldwide. The promotion runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 24.
" Kelloggs is partnering with fruit! From Dec. 28 to Jan. 10, Kelloggs will be offering great values on Special K products: $3-off produce coupons will be offered with the purchase of three designated Special K items. Look for in-store Special K displays near the cereal aisle. Kelloggs is also offering a Get Fit  Get Healthy event from Dec. 28 to Jan. 24, which will be supported with high-value in-store coupons.
" Beginning Jan 25, Nestle` offers a Military Family Reunion Giveaway! In celebration of Nestlés 150th anniversary, a commissary shopper will win the ultimate family reunion. One family shopper located in the United States has the chance to win a $15,000 grand prize. To enter, shoppers can drop by their local commissary, fill out an entry form and drop it into a ballot box located in the store. See mass display for details. Participating brands include Lean Cuisine, Stouffers, DiGorno, Skinny Cow, Boost, Toll House, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, Gerber, Beneful, Friskies, Coffee-Mate and more.
" American Popcorn Co. Presents: Free Movie Rental! Beginning Jan 25, Jolly Time
Microwave popcorn is offering a 37 percent savings on top of the commissarys normal savings. In addition, during January, February and March, Jolly Time will offer a free one-day movie rental at any Red Box location stateside.
The Defense Commissary Agency sends out New Year wishes to all of our military shoppers to have a healthy, safe and prosperous 2016, Russ said. Your commissary is always there for the military and their families year-round, providing the very best savings possible. Your commissary is always worth the trip!

Trials and triumphs
First black West Point graduate, commissary officer
Henry O. Flipper overcame prejudice during illustrious career
By Dr. Peter Skirbunt,
DeCA historian
NOTE: The following story, provided in observance of African-American History Month, was first run on Feb. 17, 2006. Ten years later, it remains a stellar example of perseverance in the face of systematic prejudice. The story also appears in The Illustrated History of American Military Commissaries written by Dr. Peter D. Skirbunt and published Feb. 10, 2009. To access a video related to this story, go to
FORT LEE, Va.  In a White House ceremony Feb. 19, 1999, President Bill Clinton issued a posthumous official pardon to Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, who had been dishonorably discharged in 1882 from the Army for conduct unbecoming an officer. Clintons presidential pardon wiped out a 117-year-old decision that had been upheld by military courts-martial and approved by President Chester A. Arthur.
Clintons pardon legitimized the efforts of Flipper and his supporters to reverse an original verdict that caused a great disservice to him, African-Americans and all fair-minded, unprejudiced U.S. citizens.
Flipper is widely remembered as the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. But nearly 140 years ago, he was an Army lieutenant and assistant commissary of subsistence at Fort Davis, Texas, a position known today as deputy store director or store administrator. In those days, commissary could mean a person as well as a building.
He was born a slave in Thomasville, Ga., in 1856. By 1864, with the help of another slave, Flipper was learning to read  and by doing so risked severe punishment, since it was illegal for slaves to learn to read and write.
At the end of the Civil War, he accompanied his family to Atlanta, where his father found work as a shoemaker. That enabled Flipper to continue his education. First, he was tutored by the wife of an ex-Confederate captain; later, he attended several schools set up for the freedmen by the American Missionary Association. Eventually, he attended Atlanta University for three years.
When he entered West Point in 1873, he was the fifth African-American to enter the academy, but the previous four had all been forced to leave. Although several hundred thousand black soldiers had fought with courage and distinction during the Civil War, white society persisted in believing that black troops could effectively function only under the command of white officers.
Flipper later stated his instructors at the academy always treated him courteously, but most of his classmates ostracized him. Nonetheless, he graduated on schedule, placing 50th in a class of 76.
Flipper was initially assigned to the 10th Cavalry at Fort Sill, Okla. The 10th was one of two famous all-black cavalry regiments in the Army  the other was the 9th Cavalry  known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Within the Army and among the Indians, the Buffalo Soldiers were widely acknowledged to be among the finest soldiers in the service. However, they would continue to be led by white officers because of the stereotype of Negro inferiority. It was not until 1948  after World War II  that the armed forces would be desegregated.
After two years at Fort Sill, he was assigned as assistant commissary at Fort Davis. This was the approximate equivalent of a deputy store director store manager in a modern commissary store. Flipper had the multifaceted role of ordering and issuing subsistence rations, ordering rations that were served in the post mess hall, and selling goods to officers and enlisted men in the sales commissary, which then was simply a table set up in the commissary warehouse.
In 1881, the commanding officer at Fort Davis accused Flipper of stealing $3,800 in commissary money. A general court-martial acquitted him of theft. But it did convict him of conduct unbecoming an officer because his commanding officer asserted that Flipper had lied to him about the commissary accounts.
Over the years, many historians have dissected Flippers case and found no logical motive for his alleged lies. Still, his conviction contributed to the segregationist sentiment and Jim Crow legal restrictions that were common in the United States in the late 19th century, when African-Americans were routinely denied positions of responsibility or advancement in countless professions.
However, after Flippers court-martial, he went on to lead an extraordinary life.
He opened his own land-surveying firm in 1890 and surveyed the boundaries of several Western states and Latin American republics. He was editor of the Nogales (Arizona) Sunday Herald in 1901. His command of Spanish and his knowledge of Mexican law helped him become a special agent for the Department of Justices Court of Private Land Claims from 1893 to 1910.
Still, Flipper continued to try and clear his name. In 1898, his first attempt to get his court-martial reviewed ended in failure.
By 1919, he became a translator for the Senate subcommittee on Mexican affairs; and then, crowning a comeback to rival all comebacks, in 1922 he became an assistant secretary of the interior. He retired in 1931, returned to Atlanta and died there in 1940.
In December 1976, thanks to the efforts of his living relatives, the Army reversed the decision of the 1882 court, holding Flipper had been convicted because of racism and the desire to remove him from the officers rolls. The Army changed the terms of Flippers discharge from dishonorable to honorable.
Following his exoneration, Flippers remains were reburied with full military honors in Thomasville. The local post office has been renamed in his honor. Finally, since only a president could formally overturn President Arthurs approval of the court-martials decision, President Clinton did that in 1999, and Lt. Henry O. Flippers name was finally fully cleared.

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