Commissaries unaffected by a potential government shutdown or Christmas Eve closure of federal offices
FORT LEE, Va. – Military commissaries are not affected by a potential government shutdown, the Defense Commissary Agency announced.
Earlier in the fall, Congress finalized the budget for several departments, including Defense. Because DeCA is a defense agency, its operations will not be interrupted if a new federal budget or a continuing resolution isn’t passed by the midnight Dec. 21 deadline.
Commissaries are also unaffected by the presidential executive order closing federal offices on Christmas Eve. All stores will remain open during their scheduled operating hours on Dec. 24.
Commissary patrons are reminded that many of the commissaries normally closed on Mondays will be open on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and again on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.
All commissaries will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and again on Jan. 1 for New Years’ Day.
Patrons can check the “Store Information & Holiday Hours” box on their store’s webpage for specific operating schedules.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. 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.