Agency Information

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The Defense Commissary Agency with headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia, operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. 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 America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. See our Strategic Outlook document (linked below).

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Quick Facts

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

DeCA is an acronym for the Defense Commissary Agency.

Leadership

Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer: Michael J. Dowling

Worldwide

From Ankara, Turkey, to Yuma, Ariz., DeCA operates 238 commissaries on military installations around the world.

History

Founded in 1991, DeCA is a 'purple' agency and is responsible for all commissaries regardless of military service. Prior to 1991, each military service ran its own commissaries.

Who can shop?

Authorized shoppers include active duty, retirees, National Guard and Reserves and their family members.

Savings

Customers buy groceries at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge which is used to fund commissary construction and renovations. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones.

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