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Fort Bragg Commissary Patrons Find Deals that are Second to None
Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2012) -There is no shortage of patriotism on base at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Fort Bragg is known as the home of the US Army Airborne Forces, Special Forces, U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command. And within this military installation, there are also countless stories of military families, who in uncertain economic times have been able to make ends meet thanks to the two commissaries on base.
“The community really helps serve the military and its families,” said Jessica Dean, whose husband, SSG Scott Dean has been in the Army a little over 10 years. “Everyone is so warm and friendly here and we all really support one another.”
As a stay-at-home mom, Jessica and her son 11 month old son Jaxon frequent the commissary quite often. She is thankful for having the privilege to shop there, its wide range of selections, and the convenience of the store hours.
“I live kind of far off post, but it is always worth the trip there and I can get all the things I need in that store with a guaranteed low price,” said Jessica.
Fort Bragg North and South are just two of the many commissaries operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). DeCA operates a worldwide network of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually.
“I believe if we didn't have the commissary, financially we wouldn't be doing very well,” said Jessica. “We save so much money just by shopping there compared to other local grocery stores.”
Fort Bragg is often described as a little city, housing the most troops of any post in the United States. The commissaries at Fort Bragg North and South accommodate thousands of service members and their families each year; their combined sales equate to about $11 million per month – more than any base in the world.
“It is truly a benefit,” said Dave Shaw, Commissary Zone Manager for North and South Carolina. ‘If something ever happened to the commissary system, a lot of young people would end up on food stamps or other social programs.”
Aside from providing valuable savings, the commissary system at Fort Bragg provides military families and veterans an outlet – an opportunity to be together, especially when their loved ones are deployed.
“It is a real social event,” said Dave Shaw.
“You get to be around people from all over the place and everyone is so friendly and all of the employees are very sociable,” added Jessica Dean. “I love the commissary and will continue to always go there to do all my major shopping. I don't know what I would do if we didn't have the commissary anymore.”
The commissary system at Fort Bragg brings savings that are second to none, while still fostering friendships among America’s other one percent - a recipe that makes military commissaries the most efficient government system in the United States.
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