Anti-terrorism exercise may effect local commissary hours

Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012 could affect commissary operating hours on stateside Navy bases

By DeCA Corporate Communication

FORT LEE, Va. – The Navy will conduct an anti-terrorism exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012, March 22-24, which will affect the
operating hours of commissaries on 44 Navy installations in the
continental U.S.

To keep customers informed, each commissary on a stateside Navy installation will post its hours of operation during the exercise on its “Local Store Information” page on the DeCA website,
www.commissaries.com.

From March 22-24, customers who plan to shop on any stateside Navy
installation are advised to follow this link to see if the store is open: www.commissaries.com/realign_maps/alpha_list.cfm. Upon locating
the store by name and opening the store page, click “Local Store
Information” from the menu on the left. Check here often, as hours of
operation may change during the exercise.

“Although we understand that closing a store for a day or longer will
impact our customers greatly, we fully support the Navy exercise and the commissaries’ important role in each military installation’s
anti-terrorism plans,” said Keith Hagenbuch, executive director of
DeCA’s Store Operations Group. “The commissary on a Navy installation is following the direction of the commander on that installation. Thank you for your understanding and support of this important Navy exercise.”

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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain 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 32 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually.
For current savings figures for various groups – single member up to a
family of seven – visit http://www.commissaries.com . A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.