ISSUE 8 August 2013 VOLUME 4
Please note: The Defense CommissaryAgency
does not and cannot endorseany product
Kellogg's, Keebler, Chef Boyardee, Peter
Pan, Manwich, Orville Redenbacher,
Campbell's and Pepperidge Farm, to name a
Tyson Foods and Ralston Cereals - will
provide commissary shoppers worldwide 16-
page booklets with coupons for fresh meat...
when you join the grilling community: Share
your thoughts about Kingsford(r) produ...
Add a little spice to summertime
Those of us who love spicy foods seem to
crave them any time of year, but especiall...
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  1. 1. ISSUE 8 August 2013 VOLUME 4 DISCLAIMER Please note: The Defense CommissaryAgency does not and cannot endorseany product mentioned in this newsletter; any product mentioned is for informational purposes only. WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME Commissaries offer 'Back to School' savings Commissaries are offering significant savings on "Back to School" products to help parents prepare their children for the classroom. "Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children's healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items," said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency's chief of promotions and marketing. "And, we have them available at the best prices in town." DeCA's industry partners - vendors, suppliers and brokers - are collaborating with commissaries in August to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their local store manager to verify when they will be offering the following sales events: · Scholarship donations. Commissary industry partners that are donating part of their sales proceeds to the Scholarships for Military Children program include: Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, FROM THE NEWS DESK Commissaries return to normal hours Aug. 18-24 Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense's Aug. 6 decision to curtail furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. "This is welcome news for us all," said Joseph H. Jeu. "Our stores will return to their regular schedules after Aug. 17. I encourage our patrons to check the DeCA website for their commissary's operating hours. "We recognize the disruption that furloughs presented to our patrons as far as access to their commissary benefit," he added. "We also understand the economic hardships many of our employees faced with the pay they lost during the furlough period." Since July 8, the one-day-per-week furloughs impacted all of DeCA's more than 14,000 U.S. civilian employees worldwide. With the end of furloughs, Jeu asked that patrons be patient as product delivery schedules return to normal. "We will do everything possible to ensure that our shelves are properly stocked with the products our customers want when they shop," he said. "However, there will be a short adjustment period as our stores settle back into their pre-
  2. 2. Kellogg's, Keebler, Chef Boyardee, Peter Pan, Manwich, Orville Redenbacher, Campbell's and Pepperidge Farm, to name a few. Look for the mass displays in commissaries through Aug. 21. · Essay contest. Dixon Marketing is sponsoring an essay contest for school children, giving them a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire tablets. The essay topic is: "If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?" Entries must be submitted to by Sept. 1. There will also be in-store, high- value coupons and a worldwide distribution of 500,000 in-store flyers offering more savings on Dixon Marketing's promotion items through Aug. 21. · "Box Tops for Education." General Mills will sponsor this worldwide event through Aug. 21. Each Box Tops for Education coupon collected is worth 10 cents. Schools earn thousands of dollars per year for computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment by clipping Box Tops coupons. Many General Mills items will feature two box tops (20 cents) during this promotional period. For more details go to . · "Salute Top Military Families." S & K Sales Company and their participating manufacturers are sponsoring this promotion through Sept. 25. The worldwide sale will distribute 650,000 special eight- page flyers in the commissaries. A portion of each product's purchase price will be donated to the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit organization focusing on issues important to military families. They have offered more than $2 million in scholarships annually to military spouses. They also send over 45,000 children annually to Operation Purple Summer camp, a free program for children whose parents are deployed to war locations. · "Back-to-School, Smart Savings Rule!" Industry partners - Kraft Foods, General Mills, Heinz, Nabisco, Nestle, Quaker Oats, Bumble Bee, Fresh Express, furlough operating and delivery routines." Commissary customers can quickly find out about any changes to their local store's operating schedule by going to, clicking on the "Locations" tab, then "Alphabetical Listing" to locate their store, and clicking on "Local Store Information." Commissary Rewards Card observes first anniversary with mobile app On Aug. 8 the Defense Commissary Agency will observe the first anniversary of the Commissary Rewards Card. To coincide with this milestone, a mobile application will be available for patrons using the Apple iPhone. This mobile application can be found in the app store on all iPhones and iPads, allowing patrons the ability to access their rewards card account, select coupons and review clipped, redeemed and expired coupons. The application also allows patrons to locate commissaries and obtain specific store information such as phone number and address. An Android app is planned for fiscal year 2014. Card users will also see options to receive alerts based on their purchases, reminders of clipped coupons awaiting redemption or expiration, and notices when new coupons are available. DeCA Names Best Commissary Award Winners The Defense Commissary Agency is honoring select military commissaries worldwide for being among the best at delivering the commissary benefit. Known as the DeCA Best Commissary awards, the honors draw attention to agency stores that
  3. 3. Tyson Foods and Ralston Cereals - will provide commissary shoppers worldwide 16- page booklets with coupons for fresh meat and produce, family meal favorites and back-to-school necessities. The booklets include recipes for breakfast, lunchbox, dinner and snack ideas plus information on DeCA's Rewards Card. Check out their website,, for more details on participating products, a shopping list, a contest to win commissary gift cards and more. "Your local commissary is offering lots of super school savings in August," Frost said. "Visit us first before going anywhere else for all your back-to-school needs!" Update on the Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Schedule Newsletter In light of budgetary reductions mandated under sequestration, the Defense Commissary Agency has taken steps to reduce operating costs wherever possible. As a result, no Guard/Reserve on-site sales are scheduled at this time. When future events are scheduled, we will certainly announce it to our customers through the Guard/Reserve Sales Schedule email newsletter, and social media channels. SAVE EVEN MORE (These links will change monthly.) Kingsford Charcoal Enjoy these benefits by clicking here, have earned recognition through exceptional performance, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. DeCA's Best Commissary awards recognize overall excellence in commissary operations and service. "The selection process for these awards is rigorous - and it should be!" Jeu said. "To win, a store has to exceed our normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales. "It's important for our customers to understand that their commissary is the product of an outstanding collaboration of our employees, industry members - vendors, suppliers, and brokers - and military stakeholders," he added. "The best commissary awards highlight the best of what our stores do every day for our service members and their families." The awards are named in honor of government officials who have protected the commissary benefit and championed quality-of-life issues for the military and their families. [Visit Best Commissaries to see more of the winners.] Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States  First Place: Keesler Air Force Base Commissary, Miss.
  4. 4. when you join the grilling community: Share your thoughts about Kingsford(r) products; get exclusive offers such as coupons, deals and more from Kingsford and KC Masterpiece; and join Kingsford(r) University where you learn top grilling techniques. Sign up to get started at Kellogg's Family Rewards It's easy and free to sign up for Kellogg's Family Rewards TM. Then you can enter codes, collect points, and earn awesome rewards and family fun! You'll also receive the latest and greatest benefits from Kellogg, like exclusive savings, great-tasting recipes and special offers and promotions. A DeCA disaster crew member works to clean up the Homestead Air Force Base Commissary after Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. THIS MONTH IN HISTORY August 1992 was a bad month weather wise for three commissaries as Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., destroying most of the base and damaging its commissary. A few days later, Typhoon Omar hit Guam, damaging commissaries at Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Station Guam. KAY'S KITCHEN with Kay Blakley BABY BYTES (These links will change each month.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - folic acid If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine. Visit for more information on folic acid. Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Creating a safe environment for your baby is the best thing you can do to ensure the first years are happy and healthy; being more aware of the products in and around your home is another step that will become second nature as baby grows. Check in for safety tips, topics of the month and recalls at THE PARENTHOOD, parenthood , a comprehensive online community for moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers. BABY BOUTIQUE AAFES helps you stretch your bottom dollar at Did you know that sells diapers and baby wipes at a great price? You'll find the
  5. 5. Add a little spice to summertime menus Those of us who love spicy foods seem to crave them any time of year, but especially so in the heat of summer. It sounds a little strange that you'd want to eat a food that stimulates your circulation, raises your body temperature and makes you sweat - as if you're not sweating enough already. But the fact is, the evaporation of those beads of moisture on your brow really does have a substantial cooling effect. Besides that, spicy foods are said to stimulate your appetite even when the thermometer says it's way too hot to eat. If it is hotter than a flitter where you are, this week's recipe collection is tailor-made for you. Use the easy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning recipe on chicken, beef or pork. Keep the house cool with Sue's Amazing Beef - it's cooked in a slow cooker. Or go for good-for- you Roasted Tomato-Pepper Salsa with Salmon. If you're in a party mood, serve your guests some Baked Jalapeno Poppers or the sweet and spicy Jezebel Sauce served over a block of cream cheese accompanied by a selection of crispy crackers. Shop your local commissary to purchase these ingredients at significant savings.  Jamaican Jerk Seasoning  Baked Jalapeno Poppers  Roasted Tomato-Pepper Salsa with Salmon  Sue's Amazing Beef  Jezebel Sauce Exchange Select diapers and wipes - as well as Pampers and Huggies - at low prices. And, they'll be delivered straight to your door. Visit today to start saving. Dreft - 'Gentle as a Mother's Touch' Dreft,, with items specially formulated for baby's needs, has been helping mothers clean baby clothes for more than 75 years. Visit the "Shop for Dreft" page to find their detergents online or in a store near you. A commissary patron enjoys the savings from the commissary benefit while shopping at Cannon Air Force Base Commissary.