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Commissary Fast Facts – Issue 77 – March 2008

Reusable Bags Flying Off Commissary Shelves

The new, reusable bags being sold at commissaries worldwide as part of the Defense Commissary Agency’s “Go Green” initiative are so popular they’re flying off the shelves. “We’ve sold about half a million in four months,” said DeCA’s Acting Director Rick Page. “Customer demand for the product is better than we expected, but rest assured we are working to get additional shipments to all commissaries as soon as possible.” The popular green bags, which were introduced in October, cost 70 cents each, are made of sturdy mesh and are strong enough to hold up to 30 pounds of groceries. The bags are machine washable and can be recycled when no longer usable. Look for reusable bag racks at your commissary, or ask your cashier for the bags at checkout. For more information about your commissary benefit, visit DeCA’s Web site at

Single Servicemembers to Compete for Gift Certificates, ‘Bonus Bucks’ in May
The aim of DeCA’s annual Commissary Awareness Month in May is to get as many single service members into the commissary for educational tours as possible. This year’s theme, “Discover Your Benefit,” encourages single service members to discover the commissary benefit through a myriad of customer services and programs, including DeCA’s Web page,, Ask the DeCA Dietitian and Kay’s Kitchen, to name just a few. All single service member programs registered to participate earn commissary gift certificates. They go on to compete for “bonus bucks” in first, second and third prizes within four categories: Army’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Single Marine, Air Force’s First Term Airmen and Navy Liberty. First Term Airmen centers participate through sponsorship of their respective family support centers. The commissary gift certificates and “bonus bucks” are provided by industry. Check with your installation single service member program coordinator to see if it’s registered to participate in Commissary Awareness Month. For more information on the Commissary Awareness Month, contact DeCA marketing chief Sallie Cauthers at

DeCA Brings the Benefit to Guard and Reserve
DeCA is thinking outside the box of conventional commissary locations as it strives to deliver the benefit to geographically separated Reserve and National Guard members and their families throughout America. “It’s open season for good ideas on how to expand the benefit to our reserve forces,” said Rick Page, DeCA’s acting director. “Help us get more of the benefit to you.” DeCA team members have been taking the benefit on the road to authorized shoppers, conducting on-site sales out of warehouses, aircraft hangars, armories, tents in parking lots, and even the back ends of semitrailers. Even as the agency plans to increase the number of these events this year, industry partners made them even more inviting by donating $95,000 in commissary gift certificates for distribution to thousands of National Guard members during the past holiday season. The American Logistics Association presented industry’s gift to the National Guard Bureau chief at the Pentagon in December. The ALA’s members represent industries providing products and services to military resale systems, including commissaries and exchanges.