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In Observance of 4th of July the
Commissary Hours of Operation are:

*TUESDAY 4 JULY 0900-1700*

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150th Anniversary - July 1st

This anniversary observance ties back to the official beginning of the modern commissary benefit on July 1, 1867. It was on that date, two years following the Civil War, that enlisted men received the same privileges available to officers since 1825  the right to purchase goods, at cost price, from their posts subsistence department warehouses. These sales could take place at any post in the United States or its territories, wherever the local commander deemed them necessary, regardless of location.

As years passed, retirees, spouses and families also became eligible shoppers. The commissaries mirrored changes and progress in the civilian retail grocery industry. As the nation sent its armed forces overseas, commissaries followed: Cuba, the Philippines, China, and Panama all had U.S. military commissaries before 1905.

During the World Wars, commissaries spread all over the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to the Far East and even South America.

The Navy and Marine Corps opened their first commissaries in 1909-1910, and when the Air Force came into being in 1947, it inherited commissaries at Army Air Force bases and airfields.

By the 1980s, the four major services each had their own commissary system. DeCA was begun in 1991 to create cost savings and store uniformity, bringing together all the stores of the four services.

At DeCA we want to celebrate our military members and their families for all they do to serve this nation. We may be throwing the party, but the celebration belongs to YOU!

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Patrons can expect to see special promotions, contests and a lot of birthday flair as the Defense Commissary Agency and its industry partners kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of the modern commissary benefit.
From now through the actual July 1 anniversary date, commissaries worldwide will highlight the long history of the commissary benefit and the great savings and value the benefit has brought to our military community since 1867.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS !!

Nolan D. Arenz - Crestview, FL
Megan A. Cobb - Shalimar, FL
Nathan J. Smith - Niceville, FL
Benjamin R. Esses - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Katelyn H. Burdett - Niceville, FL

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FEDS FEED FAMILIES

June 1 through Aug. 31, DeCA employees and patrons at over 150 commissary collection points are doing their part by donating nonperishable items and personal hygiene products.

Last year, DeCA donated 1.1 million pounds of needed items. The agencys total was 33 percent of the Defense Department's entire donation.

In 2016, the nationwide campaign collected over 12.5 million pounds for local food banks and pantries. As of last year the food drive has taken in 69.8 million pounds.

The most-needed items for donations include:
"Canned vegetables  low sodium, no salt
"Canned fruits  in light syrup or its own juices
"Canned proteins  tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
"Soups  beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
"Condiments  tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
"Snacks  individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
"Multigrain cereal
"100 percent juice  all sizes, including juice boxes
"Grains  brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
"Paper products and household items  paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
"Hygiene items  diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo

To learn more about the Feds Feed Families campaign, visit the USDAs Feds Feed Families page .


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Commissaries start celebration of 150-year history!


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COMMISSARY STORE BRANDS

The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names Freedoms Choice" and HomeBase" for its private label product assortment. Private label, also known as store brands, will begin appearing on commissary shelves toward the end of May. Commissary patrons have been asking for quite some time about store brands, but commissaries have not had their own brand until now. Freedoms Choice will be the commissary brand name for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items. Our private label products will also be equal or lower in price to commercial grocery store brands. For more on DeCAs store brand program, go to
https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/private-label.cfm.

REWARDS CARDS

Using and redeeming coupons will be hassle-free with the new Commissary Rewards Card.
With your Commissary Rewards Card, you'll be able to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. After you pick up your card, just register it, and then log in to your account to load coupons on the card before you shop.

SPECIAL ORDERS:

PRODUCE DEPARTMENT

The Produce department is offering up some great savings on pre-made veggie trays; fruit gift baskets are available for your special event or special someone. Produce has all the goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables for your parties or dinners. A 24-hour notice is greatly appreciated.
Please call 850-609-3172 x 3266.

MEAT DEPARTMENT

Contact the Meat Department and place your meat order for that special dinner, cookouts, etc. A 24-hour is greatly appreciated (depending upon your needs, more notification may be required).
Please call 850-609-3172 x 3220.

BAKERY DEPARTMENT

The Bakery can make that special cake, cupcakes, and pasteries for your special occasions. A 24-hour notice is greatly appreciated. Please call 850-609-3172 x 3221 and discuss your special needs.

DELI DEPARTMENT

The Deli can have your Party Tray (Meat and Cheese) available for you to pick up with a 24-hour notice. Special Order your Party Tray Day!. Please call 850-609-3172 x 3221.

SUSHI DEPARTMENT

Call the Sushi Department for your sushi needs. Fresh sushi trays are made on a daily basis.
Please call 850-609-3172 x 3221 for any special requests. A 24-hour notification is appreciated.

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