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Commissary and Exchange Quality-of-Life Initiatives

What is it?
The Army is placing greater emphasis on a world-class shopping experience for our service members and Families at post exchanges and commissaries by providing excellent prices, increased product selections, and modern shopping facilities.

What has the Army done?
As co-chairs of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Commissary Operating Board, the Army Logistics (G-4) and DeCA staffs have worked together to build and upgrade commissaries in support of Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families. Approval has been received for 15 major construction projects involving new commissaries or improvements to existing commissaries for the period FY06 to FY09. Total improvements are valued at $219.3 Million. A strategy is being developed to ensure that long-range plans for all construction projects are aligned with Army Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Repositioning of Forces initiatives as outlined in the Army Campaign Plan.

As a member of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Board of Directors, Army G-4 has prepared and received approval on 19 major construction projects for FY07 totaling $164 Million. The majority of the projects are shoppettes, main stores, and expanded stores.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The AAFES and Army G-4 are developing long-range plans that will be synchronized with the repositioning of forces under BRAC as outlined in the Army Campaign Plan. The new Family Life Style Center at Fort Bliss is a premier example of these quality-of-life improvements.

Why is this important to the Army?
The commissary and exchange quality-of-life benefit is important to the health of our All-Volunteer Force. We will actively pursue every opportunity to improve the delivery of that benefit.

Mr. Bill King (703) 614-0875