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The JB Andrews Commissary will be having a Side Walk Sale on Friday September 1st thru Sunday September 3rd.

The 2017 Holiday Hours and Closure Schedule for JB Andrews Commissary:

Labor Day September 4, 2017 (0900-1700 hours)
Columbus Day October 9, 2017 (0900-1700 hours)
Veteran's Day November 11, 2017 (0900-1700 hours)
Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017 (Closed)
Christmas Eve December 24, 2017 (0900-1600 hours)
Christmas Day December 25, 2017 (Closed)
New Year's Eve December 31, 2017 (0900-2100 hours)
New Year's Day January 1, 2018 (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.

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

FORT LEE, Va.  For 700 sons and daughters of active duty, retired, and National Guard and Reserve military commissary customers, attending college just got a little less expensive. Each was competitively selected to receive a $2,000 grant from the Scholarships for Military Children program.
The program, created in 2001, recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the commissarys role in enhancing military quality of life. Its administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families.
Overall scholarship applications were up about 8 percent over last year, said Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House Foundation vice president. We were also pleased to see an increase in overseas applications, with a resulting increase in the number of recipients living in overseas areas, he added.
The stores did a great job communicating the availability of the scholarship, said Marye Dobson, Defense Commissary Agency liaison for the program. In all there were 4,876 qualified applicants this time around.
No government funds are used to support the program. DeCAs industry partners  vendors, manufacturers, brokers and suppliers  as well as the general public donate money to fund the program, and every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships. The contributions go to Fisher House Foundation Inc., which treats each as a restricted donation. The foundation in turn contracts with Scholarship Managers, a professional scholarship management firm, to evaluate the applications and select the best qualified as awardees.
This year, one of the recipients from the Fort Lee, Virginia, store is the sister of a prior scholarship recipient, said Dobson. It was nice to hear from her about the success the first sister has achieved, knowing the Fisher House Scholarship has helped her along her journey.
The number of scholarship awards each year is based on funds available, but the program awards at least $2,000 at each military commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a given commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are awarded as an additional scholarship at a different store.
The list of this years winners is posted at
Planning for next years program will begin soon, and the announcement of open dates to apply is usually made in the fall.
Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online at One of the side benefits of visiting the website is the recent addition there of a comprehensive scholarship search engine. Many applicants use the free scholarship search engine offered by Fisher House Foundation, enabling them to see what other scholarship programs they might qualify for, said Weiskopf.
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21  or 23, if already enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university  of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card.

New Era Begins

FORT LEE, Va.  The era of the commissary brand has started with private label products now on stateside shelves and beginning to flow to overseas stores.
Theres a lot of attention on the savings private label products can provide, said Chris Burns, the Defense Commissary Agencys executive director of business transformation. Our patrons have seen these products in other stores, and theyve overwhelmingly asked us to carry store brands. Well, now they can see these products at their commissary.
Varieties of commissary brand products will differ from store to store depending on store size and location  shipping times overseas are about six weeks behind the states. Some stores overseas have started receiving commissary brands, and all are on pace to receive their initial inventory no later than the latter part of July.
To date, all stateside commissaries, including Alaska and Hawaii, are selling HomeBase kitchen and trash bags, and TopCare products such as first aid supplies, vitamins, over-the-counter medications and beauty care. Top Care is a store brand available at many retailers and supplied to the commissaries by Topco Associates through an agreement with SpartanNash.
All stateside stores, except for those in Alaska and Hawaii, are selling Freedoms Choice bottled water. The increased cost to ship bottled water from the continental U.S. to Alaska and Hawaii will delay Freedoms Choice water in those states while SpartanNash develops a partnership with local sources. Appropriated funding for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are not included in DeCAs transportation budget.
Stores in Europe will not receive Freedoms Choice bottled water because DeCA will continue receiving water supplied by AAFES water packaging operation in Germany and other local sources.
Burns emphasized that DeCAs goal is for its commissary brand products to be equal to or lower in price compared to commercial grocery store brands. Our patrons can be confident that our products will provide the quality they expect and the savings they deserve.
Store brand products, also known as private label, are offered by retailers under their own, in-house brand or under a brand developed by their suppliers. Retailers are able to do this by working directly with suppliers.
DeCA is partnering with SpartanNash to develop the agencys commissary brands. SpartanNash, through its military division MDV, is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.
Over the next three to four years patrons will see the gradual rollout of Freedoms Choice, HomeBase and TopCare products in their commissaries as DeCA plans to increase the commissary brand inventory to about 4,000 items.
Burns said DeCA is planning with SpartanNash on the next wave of commissary brand items such as rice and dry beans, foam and plastic plates, shelf stable juices, water enhancers and powdered soft drinks, paper towels and bath tissue in the fall.
Our commissary brands offer our patrons another chance to save money, without sacrificing quality Burns said.
For more information on DeCAs commissary brand program, go to

Commissary Savings

FORT LEE, Va.  Commissary savings will be reported more often and better reflect the cost of living where patrons shop, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency.
We have updated how we measure patron savings at the commissary, Joseph H. Jeu said. This enhanced way of calculating savings doesnt change the actual dollars that patrons save, but it will give patrons a better understanding of price comparisons in their local area.
Historically, DeCA measured savings globally, by comparing national prices at commissaries against average market prices for the whole country. However, the cost of living varies by region. To account for these geographic differences, Congress now requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with two-to-three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States.
Through this updated measurement, DeCA is also expanding the range of items on which it measures savings. Besides continuing to compare approximately 38,000 branded items at a national level, DeCA will also be comparing local prices on approximately 1,000 products, which are representative of a shoppers typical market basket.
What we did before was good for showing a worldwide, annual savings average, Jeu said. However, now we are diving deeper into our patrons shopping experience to better reflect regional differences in cost of living and actual shopping patterns.
Since the savings rate is calculated from local price comparisons, it will vary by region due to differences in the cost of living, even when commissary prices remain uniform and constant.
For example: Imagine the price of macaroni is $1.25 at all commissaries, but the comparison price at local commercial retailers varies by region. In Hawaii, where the cost of living is higher, the price of macaroni in commercial retailers is $2, but in Georgia, where the cost of living is lower, the price outside the gate is $1.50. This would mean even though customers pay $1.25 for macaroni at commissaries worldwide, customers in Hawaii save 37.5 percent by using their commissary benefit, whereas customers in Georgia save 16.7 percent.
Congress requires that DeCA maintain savings at current levels, even as the commissary system transforms its business operations and improves the shopping experience. The new savings rate provides an accurate baseline that will allow DeCA and Congress to monitor and protect patron savings.
I am pleased that DeCA can offer significant savings to our patrons on products they frequently purchase, said Jeu, The enhanced savings calculation will allow us to measure the benefit more specifically and more often, protecting it at current levels for years to come. The value of a patron's market basket should not change because of the new savings calculation. Although market fluctuations will cause prices of grocery products to increase and decrease  as they do today  commissary patron savings levels will remain constant.

For information on savings by region, see the table below:
Commissaries Savings %*
New England 36 21.4%
South Atlantic 30 19.9%
South Central 33 18.1%
Pacific 31 20.9%
Mountain 20 17.6%
North Central 18 20.2%
Alaska / Hawaii 9 32.6%
US Average 177 20.2%
Overseas 61 44.2%
Global Average 238 23.7%

For more details on the commissarys new business model, visit the transformation page on DeCAs website, for FAQs.

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