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NEWS | May 19, 2006

Langley commissary provides quality products, services for cheap

By Senior Airman Heidi Davis 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

For the fifth year running, May is Commissary Awareness Month, when patrons and their families can save big on already affordable items; this year’s theme is “It’s Your Choice. Make It Healthy!” 

The commissary makes a daily effort to provide convenient shopping, healthy food choices and family-focused programs. 

“With extensive health and wellness sections, lean meats, fresh produce, organics and more, we offer ‘healthy food at healthy savings’ to all our customers – whether they are married or single,” said Patrick Nixon, DeCA chief executive officer and acting director.
With a focus always on big savings, the commissary maintains most prices 30 percent below the local grocery stores. 

“The commissary benefit can save single military members more than $900 annually if they shop there regularly and a family of four can save about $2,700,” Mr. Nixon said.
Open seven days a week, 10 hours a day (except on Sundays), the commissary staff puts the military at the forefront of their minds. 

For those on the run, the commissary has added a “Grab ‘N Go” section, which provides sandwiches, fruit, salads and drinks available for purchase during the lunch hours. There is also a self-checkout station and an ATM machine. 

For those who would prefer to shop from the comforts of the home, the commissary has extended its services online with the Virtual Commissary. Patrons can order anything from gift baskets to commissary gift certificates. 

During the second week of May, the commissary held the case lot sale, which offers products at a 50-percent reduction over regular prices. Patrons saved on such products as detergents, chips, cereals, soft drinks and paper products. 

Finally, DeCA offers children of military members the opportunity to compete for $1,500 scholarships to assist with the costs associated with attending an accredited college or university. 

The following Langley scholarship winners were notified May 1: Ryan Cerone, Adrianna Amarillo, Ryan Garrett, Madelyn Healy, Corenthia Mills, Joshua Bradley and Alexandra Pattenn.