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DeCA Names Best Commissaries for 2000

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2001 – Air Force installations captured three of four titles in the Defense Commissary Agency's 2000 Best Commissary awards program.

The winners are:  

  • Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Bill Nichols Award winner for the best large U.S. commissary. 


  • Beale AFB, Calif., Richard M. Paget Award winner for best small U.S. commissary. 


  • Osan Air Base, Korea, Dan Daniel Award winner for the best large commissary overseas. 


  • Livorno, Italy, L. Mendel Rivers Award winner for the best small commissary overseas.

“The management teams in all competing commissaries displayed great commitment to our strategic objectives,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert J. Courter Jr., DeCA director. “(Their performance) shows how DeCA’s effort to increase sales, reduce unit costs, shape our work force, improve our infrastructure and leverage technology translates into an improved benefit for customer.

"I appreciate the leadership displayed by the store directors of all the competing commissaries in keeping their shelves stocked, offering their customers great produce, taking care of their stores’ appearance and keeping in touch with their customers."

The Best Commissary awards are named in memory of statesmen who protected the commissary benefit and championed quality of life issues for military families. Winners will receive engraved trophies, and runners-up receive smaller engraved trophies.

Runners-up were:  

  • Large U.S. stores: Offutt AFB, Neb.; March AFB, Calif.; Fort Belvoir, Va.; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; and Naval Base Norfolk, Va. 


  • Small U.S. commissaries: Minot AFB, N.D.; Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.; Naval Weapon Station China Lake, Calif.; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; and Naval Surface Weapons Center Dahlgren, Va. 


  • Large overseas commissary: Vicenza, Italy. 


  • Small commissaries overseas: Naval Station Keflavik, Iceland, and Marine Corps Camp Kinser, Okinawa.

Three teams from DeCA headquarters visited the 17 nominated stores and evaluated them in six major areas: management, customer service, accountability controls, and their grocery, meat and produce departments.

(From a Defense Commissary Agency news release.)

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