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Commissary Fast Facts – Issue 75 – January 2008

Commissary coming to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth

The Defense Commissary Agency is scheduled to open a commissary in March after taking over the grocery store portion of the BXMart run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Forth Worth, Texas. The new Fort Worth Commissary will offer a deli and bakery and a full line of top quality meats and fresh produce along with center-store staples that include organic and ethnic products. To prepare for the grand opening, DeCA will bring in new shelving, new cash registers and refurbish the store inside and out, according to Eric Swayzee, chief of DeCA’s operations division. David Moring, AAFES’ general manager at Fort Worth, says that while AAFES is handing off the BXMart, it’s not leaving Fort Worth. Other than the transition of the BXMart, all exchange operations will remain. Local AAFES and DeCA officials will keep the Fort Worth community informed of any change or disruption in services as a result of the transition.

DeCA announces winners in 2007 Commissary Awareness Month competition
Each year in May, the Defense Commissary Agency and a coalition of industry partners hold a competition among installation single service member programs to see who can get the most military customers into their respective commissaries for educational tours.
First place: Fort Polk, La.; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.; and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
Second place: Fort Eustis, Va.; Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.; and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
Third place: Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
The BOSS programs at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Myer, Va., earned honorable mention for their efforts. All cash prizes and commissary gift certificates are provided by industry.

Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 20
Applications for the Scholarships for Military Children Program must be in the store—either by hand or mail—by close of business Feb. 20. They are available in commissaries worldwide or online through a link at and directly at, where they can be filled out on the computer and printed, or printed and filled out by hand. If you are not hand-delivering your application, program liaison Edna Hoogewind recommends using a delivery method that supplies a return receipt. The scholarship program is open to unmarried children under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired military personnel. Eligibility is determined by using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the DEERS database and that they have a current ID card. All applicants must be U.S. citizens attending, or planning to attend, an accredited college or university full-time in the fall term of 2008. Students at community or junior colleges must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Students are reminded to check all materials carefully ensuring that they use the 2008 application and sign it. Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for building comfort homes near military medical facilities, administers the Scholarships for Military Children program. Fisher House uses the services of Scholarship Managers, a professional firm that has handled more than 400 programs, to screen applicants and award scholarships. Neither Fisher House nor DeCA are involved in the decision process.

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