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April 27, 2012


Defense Commissary Agency
Fort McCoy Commissary

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
The Fort McCoy Commissary, operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), provides a non-pay benefit to active-duty, and reserve-component military personnel, military retirees, Medal of Honor recipients, 100 percent disabled veterans and their Family members by selling groceries at cost.
PHOTO: Authorized patrons at the Fort McCoy Commissary check out their grocery items. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Authorized patrons at the Fort McCoy Commissary check out their grocery items. Authorized patrons save an average of more than 30 percent compared to commercial prices. (Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)

Commissaries add a 5 percent surcharge to each customer’s final bill at checkout. The surcharge is used for commissary projects such as building new stores, renovations and repairs, and purchasing equipment. The surcharge provides funding for modern facilities at a reduced cost to taxpayers.

The Fort McCoy Commissary has been at the installation since 1991 and relocated to a newly constructed building in 2007.

What have they done?
The Fort McCoy Commissary is a non-profit organization that strives to deliver savings while also enhancing quality of life for its patrons. As Wisconsin’s only commissary, it has provided authorized patrons at Fort McCoy and the surrounding areas with an average savings of more than 30 percent on purchases compared to commercial prices. It also accepts manufacturer coupons and continuously marks down prices on items.

The commissary also can place special orders for patrons for items the commissary does not stock or for patrons to order in bulk for items the commissary typically has on the shelf. Special orders can be made for most grocery items, meat, produce and tobacco products.

The Fort McCoy Commissary holds case lot sales, which allow patrons to buy in bulk and save up to 50 percent over regular prices, at Fort McCoy in the fall and spring.

The Fort McCoy Commissary also holds Guard and Reserve on-site sales at various locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. These sales allow authorized patrons to receive Commissary benefits without having to travel to Fort McCoy.

DeCA, in partnership with the Fisher House Foundation, sponsors the Scholarships for Military Children program. A minimum of one $1,500 scholarship is awarded at each commissary. In 2011 the Fort McCoy Commissary awarded seven scholarships.

What is planned?
The Fort McCoy Commissary will hold a case-lot sale May 19-20 at Fort McCoy. Guard and Reserve on-site sales will be held May 5 in Green Bay, Wis.; June 2 in Madison Wis.; and June 24 in Duluth, Minn. More information is available by calling the Fort McCoy Commissary.

Why are they important?
The commissary contributes to the well-being and quality of life of authorized patrons by providing groceries at cost, with no sales tax, resulting in savings, which are financially beneficial.

The commissary also supports the installation community through scholarships and a spousal employment program for authorized personnel.

For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537, call 608-388-3542 or visit the website at www.commissaries.com. To sign up for the monthly Express Line commissary newsletter, contact Michael Waddell at michael.waddell@deca.mil.

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