Commissaries celebrate 150 years with specials

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
Shoppers find local snacks and candies at a discount at the Schofield Barracks Commissary. Commissaries world wide are celebrating 150 years of service with sales, specials and promotions. (File photo)

Shoppers find local snacks and candies at a discount at the Schofield Barracks Commissary. Commissaries world wide are celebrating 150 years of service with sales, specials and promotions. (File photo)

Defense Commissary Agency
Corporate Communications

FORT LEE, Virginia — Commissary shoppers worldwide will be a part of history, July 1, as the Defense Commissary Agency observes the 150th anniversary of the benefit with special sales promotions, contests and giveaways.

“The 150th anniversary of commissaries is a historic milestone for the military and stands as a living legacy of service to the most important patrons in the world – our service members and their families,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director. “Along with our industry partners, we are proud to continue delivering the significant savings this benefit is built on.”

The 150th anniversary observance ties back to the official beginning of the modern commissary benefit on July 1, 1867. It was on that date, two years following the Civil War, that enlisted men received the same privileges available to officers since 1825 – the right to purchase goods, “at cost price,” from their post’s subsistence department warehouses. These sales could take place at any post in the United States or its territories, wherever the local commander deemed them necessary, regardless of location.

Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra low pricing. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers should check with their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following sales events:

  • Commissaries worldwide will celebrate the 150th anniversary with cake and balloons. Industry partners will hand out free giveaways such as commissary gift cards, T-shirts, hats, goody bags and high-value coupons. There will also be (in most stores) demonstrations and samplings of top brand products. Look for the gold décor and the details of this special event.
  • Free historic reusable bags. Coca-Cola is offering free historic World War II reusable bags with the purchase of any two Coca-Cola products when purchased in conjunction with the Commissary Rewards Card. Promotion begins July 1 until quantities run out.
  • The Del Monte Pallet Promotion Sale will donate up to $50,000 to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which supports spouses and children of American military service members who died in uniform. Throughout July, in commissaries worldwide, the sale will offer special coupons and gift card giveaways.
  • Kellogg’s “Despicable Me 3” movie launch promotion! To celebrate the commissaries’ 150th anniversary and the “Despicable Me 3” movie, this worldwide promotion with product demonstrations and high-value coupons will run until July 16 with chances to win $150 in commissary gift cards. Look for participating name brands and mass displays promoting Cheez-It Crackers, Club Crackers, Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies, Pringles and Eggo waffles.
  • The Patriot Perks Program says “thank you” to our military members and their families by rewarding them for shopping at their commissary. July 1-16, patrons could win commissary shopping sprees with a grand prize of a year of free groceries. Look for product displays with Patriot Perks signage in commissaries worldwide or visit
  • Procter & Gamble and Smucker’s thanks commissaries for 150 years of service by offering a “Summer Celebration BBQ” for winning military installations. Grand-prize winners will receive a complimentary family barbecue for the entire military community. Each barbecue will have a celebrity chef host, entertainment, catered food and drinks, games and prizes. A Smucker’s “Ice Cream Social” booth will offer the opportunity to build your own sundae. Check your commissary for program details July 17–30. This program is offered stateside only.
  • Sixth Annual Gold Bond Summer Savings Event. From July 3-16, this stateside promotion encourages customers to “play ball” to become eligible to win free Gold Bond products. After making a free throw, customers are encouraged to take a selfie with the basketball and email their pictures to for a chance to win. The winner will receive a years’ supply of Gold Bond products and a prize pack. See your local commissary for details.

Rewards Card

Patrons may visit the DeCA website to sign up for the Commissary Rewards Card and to learn more about the Nutrition Guide program at


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