DeCA announces its Best Commissary winners
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The Defense Commissary Agency’s 2016 Best Commissary Award winners are Naval Station Rota, Spain; Anchorage Area, Alaska; Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and Kelley Barracks, Germany.
“Congratulations to all the winners,” said acting DeCA Director and CEO Michael Dowling. “They serve to remind all of us in DeCA that it’s not only our goal, but our privilege to provide a premiere commissary benefit to our patrons around the world, and excellence is attainable through our passion and teamwork.”
The awardees and runners-up by category are:
- Director’s Award for the Best Superstore
- First Place: Anchorage Area, Alaska
- Second Place: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
- Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States
- First Place: Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
- Second Place: West Point, New York
- Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the United States
- First Place: Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California
- Second Place: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
- Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas
- First Place: Naval Station Rota, Spain
- Second Place: Naval Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
- L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas
- First Place: Kelley Barracks, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany
- Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, Germany
Each of the stores selected surpassed the criteria set forth by DeCA for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales.
The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who championed quality-of-life issues for the military community.
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 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.