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Commissary reopens on fort
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Bill Hess

Posted on 10/08/2013 3:44:42 PM PDT by SandRat

FORT HUACHUCA — The post commissary will reopen at 9 a.m. this morning after being closed due to employees being furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown during the past week.

When the recall of most of the furloughed Army civil service employees on post was announced on Sunday, some of the store’s employees were called to work that day to prepare for the Tuesday reopening of the facility, post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Monday.

Western Region of the Defense Commissary Agency spokeswoman Nancy O’Nell said about 11,000 of the agency’s 16,000 employees were furloughed, of which 62 worked at the Fort Huachuca commissary.

The store had opened as scheduled on Oct. 1 — the commissary is closed on Mondays — and when it was found out it would shut, shopping was heavy, O’Nell said.

That coupled with Oct. 1 being a military payday — a normally busy shopping day — increased traffic at the commissary, she said.

Gary Frankovich, the Defense Commissary Agency headquarters spokesman said it will take a little time to restock some special areas, especially perishables.

Contractors providing items have to schedule deliveries, he said.

Frankovich forecast everything will be back to normal by week’s end.

Commissary customers — generally limited to active duty and retired military and their spouses, along with some children up to a certain age — “can save about 30 percent” compared to shopping at off installation food stores, he said.

At The Commissary …

The Fort Huachuca Commissary is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday it is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while on Sunday the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 .m.

The commissary is closed on Mondays.

TOPICS: Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: commissary; fort; huachuca; open

1 posted on 10/08/2013 3:44:42 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

I have the same question here. How can DOD suddenly find the money to fund this Commissary but can’t find the money to fund the payments to survivor families?

2 posted on 10/08/2013 3:49:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SandRat

And they’re about to get slammed again.

3 posted on 10/08/2013 3:50:15 PM PDT by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: colorado tanker

If nothing has changed in Congress ... why are they back ?

4 posted on 10/08/2013 3:50:18 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: colorado tanker

Congress appropriated the money, all the money, necessary for paying the $100,000 death gratuity. I heard Boehner say that today at his press conference.

The fact that it is not being paid is a decision made by the administration. I find it jaw dropping to know that the tentacles of obastard and his thugs can drop this low and this far into the intricacies of the government this fast to be this petty, disrespectful and filthy nasty mean to families of troops killed in service to this country.

Boehner said that there will be legislation tomorrow directing that these payments be made to the families of dead soldiers and he HOPES that the president will sign the bill.

5 posted on 10/08/2013 4:14:18 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: SandRat

BTW what was the dollar value of the food that was spoiled/wasted/outdated ‘cause of the shut down?

6 posted on 10/08/2013 4:22:20 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sequoyah101

Just when I think this bunch can’t sink lower in their slime . . .

7 posted on 10/08/2013 4:29:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Don Corleone

Don’t know and affraid to ask but you can bet that it high.

8 posted on 10/08/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

A lot of these closures make me wonder...are not some of these government functions self supporting?

The commissary for assumption would be that it operates on a break even basis. It may have a pricing edge over the off post stores, because of no state and local sales taxes, and maybe it doesn’t pay ‘rent’ for the facility or land, so its priced a little bit lower...but its not like its the half price store. I always assumed they made enough to pay their own employees, etc.

Same goes for MT Rushmore. There is a parking fee. Is the fee made up out of thin air, or is it tied to operating costs...and if so, do the parking fees cover costs? If they do, why close it?

I hear the FDA inspectors aren’t working, and some drugs can’t be produced. Again, don’t companies that make drugs, process poultry, etc. pay a fee for the inspectors? If they do, why furlough these workers?

9 posted on 10/08/2013 4:39:58 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Did you notice no reporter asked him about stuff like this? Did you also notice that he had the reporters’ names written down so he knew who to call on. Think the questions were pre-screened?

10 posted on 10/08/2013 4:52:32 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: lacrew

From here:


Within DeCA’s working capital fund (WCF) there are two activity groups - Commissary
Resale Stocks and Commissary Operations. DoD defines these two activity groups as business
areas for fund control purposes. Commissary Resale Stocks reflect the revenues from the sale of
products by the commissary stores. Products offered include groceries, meat, produce, dairy,
health and beauty aids, household products, and pet supplies.

Commissary Operations finances the operating costs of commissaries, areas, and
headquarters activities. The primary revenue source for this activity group is a direct
appropriation to the Defense WCF, which in turn, is apportioned to the DeCA WCF. Specific
costs include civilian and military labor, service contracts, travel, transportation of commissary
goods overseas, and other indirect support. DeCA received approximately $1.4 billion in
appropriation transfers during FY 2012. Commissary Operations also receives limited additional
revenues from manufacturers’ coupon redemption fees, handling fees for tobacco products, and
reimbursements for other support.
DeCA’s Surcharge Collections Trust Fund, which is part of the General Fund, is
primarily funded from the five percent surcharge applied to patron sales at the checkout counter.
The Surcharge Collections Trust Fund resources are used for store information technology,
maintenance and equipment, and the commissary construction program. The Fund does not
receive appropriated fund suppo

11 posted on 10/08/2013 5:12:37 PM PDT by
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To: SandRat

My son went to AIT here. We visited for his graduation, looks like a nice place to be stationed.

12 posted on 10/09/2013 9:16:38 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

It Is.

A GREAT place raise afamily to.

13 posted on 10/09/2013 9:25:32 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Especially if you like hummingbirds!

14 posted on 10/09/2013 10:03:03 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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