DeCA's 30th Anniversary


DeCA 30th AnniversaryCelebrating 30 Years of Service


DeCA 30th AnniversaryThe commissary benefit dates back to 1867 when enlisted men were allowed the same shopping benefits officers had enjoyed since 1825. By 1948 individual services were operating their own commissaries around the world.

On October 1, 1991 the Defense Commissary Agency was activated, consolidating all of the individual service commissaries under one agency.

Over the past 30 years the Defense Commissary Agency has seen many changes, with more to come as we posture to better serve our deserving patrons. Throughout our history, we have always delivered on our vital mission of providing our patrons groceries at a huge savings to improve their quality of life ... and we always will!

Happy Birthday, DeCA ... and to all who make the commissary one of the military’s most valued benefits.

Celebrate with us! Participate in the "DeCA Turns 30 Commissary Gift Card Giveaway" for your chance to win 1 of over 200 $30 Commissary gift cards! See details below.


DeCA Turns 30 Commissary Gift Card Giveaway!


Help us celebrate this milestone by taking a selfie in front of your commissary store or sharing your commissary story between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2021 for a chance to win a $30 Commissary Gift Card. 

Rules and Eligibility
Participation is limited to authorized commissary patrons and their dependents.

One (1) entry per authorized patron/dependent. Submit the photo and/or your story through the entry form on

Employees of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) including members of their immediate family – i.e., spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren – or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Participants must identify their commissary with the submission of their picture or story. Submissions without a commissary are automatically disqualified.

Comments/story may be edited for grammar, space and clarity. 

Prize:  $30 Commissary Gift Card to be awarded as follows:
    100 CONUS photo submissions 
    100 OCONUS photo submissions 
    33 CONUS/OCONUS comments on the most memorable commissary experience

Deadline to submit is October 31, 2021.

Winners will be announced on or before Nov. 10 through social media.

No purchase necessary to enter or win.

By entering, you are granting the Defense Commissary Agency and its partners full rights to use all materials and information. All entries become the property of the Defense Commissary Agency and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Potential winner is subject to verification by the Defense Commissary Agency, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to this contest.
An entrant is not a winner of any prize unless and until entrant’s eligibility has been verified and entrant has been notified that verification is complete.

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