Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

Former financial advisor falters

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago I went to the commissary with my five children. Going to the grocery store with all of them isn’t easy, so when my husband deploys I often go to a small and extremely expensive store that is very close to our home. But on this particular […]

Career grocer takes reins of commissary

By Tom Philpott: Military Update After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Aug. 3, 2006 Education Digest

Health fair set for Wednesday The Curry County Wellness Council will hold a back-to-school health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cameo Elementary Gym, according to a news release from the council. The event will include health screenings and immunizations for school-age children as well as backpack and school-supply giveaways, games, fun […]

Exchange service merger reviews mixed

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update Bush administration plans to merge the three military exchange systems, to cap commissary shopper savings at an average of 30 percent and to test “variable pricing” as a way to reduce commissary taxpayer support drew sharp criticism during a House hearing on Wednesday. Republican subcommittee chairman John McHugh of New […]

Variable pricing option earns criticism

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite congressional criticism, and charges by military associations of benefit tampering, the Department of Defense has hired consultants to do a quick study on use of “variable pricing” in base grocery stores. By law, commissary items are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which is used to renovate […]

Chief backs unlimited shopping by reservists

By Tom Philpott The director of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) says he supports a House-passed initiative to give drilling reservists and National Guard personnel unlimited shopping privileges in military grocery stores. “They are delivering war-fighting capability just as well and as often as active-duty counterparts and should be compensated as first-team members, including from […]