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In Observance of the GATE TO GATE RUN & MEMORIAL DAY
Commissary Hours of Operation are:

*SATURDAY 27 MAY 1000-1900*

*MONDAY 29 MAY 0900-1700*


MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH AND SOOOO MUCH MORE!!

Whether its for case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo, Mothers Day or Memorial Day, commissaries are offering special savings throughout May for Military Appreciation Month.
We thank our military members and their families for their service!.
DeCAs industry partners  vendors, suppliers and brokers  are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotions.

So many tacos, so little time. For Cinco de Mayo, worldwide from April 24 to May 7, Old El Paso will offer savings on items from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas with all the fresh fixings.

"A Round of Ap-Paws"  free pet food for a year. From May 1 to 31, J.M. Smuckers is offering a worldwide promotion where commissary patrons who buy any two participating pet products with their Commissary Rewards Card will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year supply of pet food and treats  a value of $1,500. Ten runner-up winners will get a three-month supply. Participating brands are Meow Mix, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Nature's Recipe, Kibble 'n Bits, Gravy Train and Milo's Kitchen.

Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1 and continuing through June 30, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Coupon Booklet worth over $13. The themed coupon booklet will allow commissary patrons to receive discounts when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef or fresh pork with their weekend holiday essentials. The booklet is hosted by Kraft Heinz, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Kellogg's, Johnsonville and Bimbo Bakeries. Limited quantities are available.

Supporting military families. From May 1 to July 4, Eckrich, sponsor of Operation Homefront, will donate 5 cents for every purchase of specially marked packages of Eckrich Rope Smoked Sausage  up to $500,000  to help support military families. Look in commissaries worldwide for military store coupons offering "Buy One, Get One Free."

"Celebrating Our Heroes" sale. From May 8 to June 4, Acosta Military will donate portions of the proceeds from this promotion to support the Fisher House Foundation. In support of this promotion, 300,000 full-color coupon flyers will be distributed in commissaries worldwide. A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.

"Outnumber Hunger" is a worldwide partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 8 to 21, patrons who purchase specially marked General Mills items can support this cause by entering a code listed on the package. Each code allows General Mills to direct five meals to a local food bank.

Mother's Day chocolates. From May 8 to 21, Russell Stover and Whitman's will offer specially designed chocolate boxes worldwide with "Mom-specific" graphics on them. The Whitman's 12 oz. sampler will feature nostalgic images to commemorate the brand's 175th anniversary. Russell Stover is also partnering with the USO by donating $100,000 from this promotion along with an additional $300,000 in Whitman's products that will be distributed to military families.

National Pet Month! From May 8 to 21, Nestle Purina is promoting a three-fold sales event offering a sweepstakes for a trip for four to the San Diego performance of the "Purina Incredible Dog Show" aboard the USS Midway Museum ship. This is an all-inclusive trip with airline, hotel and tickets to the show; see store displays for details. During the promotion period, patrons will be able to save 25 percent off the purchase of their ProPLAN products. Nestle Purina will also be donating 1 pound of pet food for every bag of ProPLAN sold.

Memorial Day Summer Grilling Contest! Kraft Heinz Company is offering patrons a chance to win a $500 commissary gift card  19 prizes total. This online sweepstakes will run from May 1 to June 4. Look for in-store mass displays for details.

"During May, our patrons will see fantastic mass displays throughout the store as well as 'end of the aisle' promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers' Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day," Russ said. "We don't want them to miss all of these special sales events. They deserve it!"

Patrons can also access the DeCA website for the following features:
1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it here, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and
2) DeCA's new Nutritional Guide Program, which covers the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.


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PATHWAYS INTERN PROGRAM

We have the opportunity again this year to hire students. The Pathways
Intern program allows agencies to fill intern positions on a temporary
basis. Pathways Interns may come on board as early as April 16,
2017 with a firm Not to Exceed (NTE) date of September 30, 2017.
Eglin Commissary will have 6 part time positions open.

The Pathways Program requires public notice for all positions; therefore, an announcement
will be posted on the USAJOBS web site from February 21- May 12.
Students must apply on line when the announcement is open in
order to be considered.

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Commissaries start celebration of 150-year history!

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.
The 150th 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, from self-service to product proliferation. As the nation sent its armed forces overseas, commissaries followed: Cuba, the Philippines, China, and Panama all had U.S. military commissaries before 1905.
Surcharges came and went. 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.
For many years, the posts and bases had plenty of leeway in running their stores. After World War II, the services began taking firmer control of their commissaries, professionalizing the staffs and creating career paths for military and civilian employees alike. 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 our patrons!

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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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