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DeCA Names Best Commissaries for 1997

American Forces Press Service

FORT LEE, Va., Oct. 30, 1997 – The Defense Commissary Agency announced the winners of this year's Best Commissary Awards during ceremonies recently at the American Logistics Association's 50th Annual Convention in Philadelphia.

The winners are:

  • Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., winner of the Bill Nichols Award for the best large continental U.S. commissary; commissary officer, Gina Klimpel; zone manager, Jim Shelton. Eglin previously won this award in 1992.
  • Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base, Calif., winner of the Richard M. Paget Award for the best small U.S. commissary; commissary officer, Judy Mendez; zone manager, Dean McCaslin;
  • Ramstein Air Base, Germany, winner of the Dan Daniel Award for the best large outside continental United States commissary; commissary officer, Salah Ud-din; zone manager, Sam Cresanti.
  • RAF Croughton, United Kingdom, winner of the L. Mendel Rivers Award for the best small overseas commissary; commissary officer, Dennis Pimento; zone manager, Norma Fodge.

The Best Commissary Awards are named in memory of statesmen who protected the commissary benefit and championed quality of life issues for the military and their families.

Competition winners received large engraved silver bowl trophies and finalists received smaller engraved trophies at the ceremony. The finalists were:

  • Best large U.S. commissary: Norfolk Naval Base, Va.; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.; Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.; Bangor Navy Submarine Base, Wash.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
  • Best Small U.S. Commissary: New River Marine Corps Air Station, N.C.; F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Dahlgren Naval Station Weapons Center, Va.; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.; and Whiting Field Navy Air Station, Fla.
  • Best large overseas commissary: Yongsan Commissary, Republic of Korea.
  • Best small overseas commissary: Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, and Howard Air Force Base, Panama.

Average monthly sales and geographic location determine the competition categories. Large U.S. commissaries have average monthly sales exceeding $1.5 million, and small U.S. commissaries have monthly sales of less than $1.5 million. Large overseas commissaries have average monthly sales of $750,000 or more, and small overseas commissaries average less than $750,000.

Judging began in early summer with the seven DeCA regions nominating their best stores. Three agency teams conducted on-site evaluations of the 17 nominees.

DeCA operates a worldwide chain of nearly 300 commissaries for military personnel, retirees and their families.

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