The USS Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward/Released)
The Pentagon is considering a controversial plan to close all U.S.-based commissaries in 2015 in an effort to cut costs. No cost savings numbers have been identified if the 178 US commissaries are closed, but these commissaries do receive a total of $1.4 billion in government funds.
The Defense Commissary Agency, responsible for administering all commissaries worldwide, states that military families save approximately 30 percent on their grocery bills compared with those who shop at regular retail stores, saving thousands yearly. Other military services on the chopping block are the Pentagon Channel, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and the Armed Forces Radio and Television, which broadcasts football games and news for service members overseas.
NERA recognizes that many of our members would be adversely affected if these commissaries are closed. NERA is working diligently to prevent these closing and would like to hear from you regarding commissaries.