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150th Anniversary Guestbook

Commissaries sure have changed since the modern commissary benefit began on July 1, 1867! But we are proud to say that commissaries have been steadfast in their support of the military community, even as the stores have evolved with the times.

Photo of Commissary Officer & Staff in Philippiine Islands Photo of Makeshift Commissary in France - circa 1918 1918 Photo of Commissary at the Red Cross Hospital near Paris Photo of camp commander and commissary staff at Camp Roberts, circa 1941-1945 1943 Photo of Fort Myer Commissary Grand Opening Photo of Tokyo Quartermaster Commissary, circa 1946-1948 Photo of commissary interior at NSD Guam, June 28, 1951 Photo of Maxwell Commissary entrance, 1956 Photo of USAF Compound in Ankara, Turkey, 1963; commissary is to the right. Photo of three cashiers at Arnold AFS Commissary in 1974 1980s photo of commissary annex at Camp Stanley


That’s why, as we count down to the 150th anniversary of this benefit later this year, we can’t help but reflect on our history. We want to know what the commissary benefit means to you, so please share your thoughts, feelings, stories and pictures below!

We’ll start by sharing what this benefit means to us. It means contributing to recruitment & retention, delivering great savings in a safe & secure shopping environment and, most of all, supporting the people that are the lifeblood of our military communities around the world!

Service members and their families give so much for our nation, so whether you are looking to save money on your groceries and household supplies or catch up with an old friend over coffee and conveniently pick up some essentials to take home, we are here for you.

  • penahs

    I remember as a kid I was required to be in the seat in the shopping cart up until you reach 12 years old. This was back in the 60’s. Thankfully my mom finally left me home as I took up half the cart.

  • Selva A

    I am constantly hearing, “when I was a kid”, – no this is good. The problem is now we let society get away with the lack of “discipline, manners, respect.” If your child gets hurt because they are running around the store is to blame, not parenting. We all must remember we shop at the commissary because of the “BENEFIT’ of low pricing in comparison to off-base-we save, and finally please, please, please, please remove your head gear – caps, hats, or visors. We honor ourselves with manners.

  • George Vaughan

    I have used the commissaries in Germany and Japan as well as in the United States. I for one am glad we had them as there was savings for those of us in the enlisted ranks who did not receive very good wages. But we managed. Thank the good Lord for our commissaries.

  • carmen navedo

    My name is carmen i am from Puerto Rico when my husband join the Army the first time we were at a base with commissary was in Kentucky,U.S.A, since i grow up very poor when i saw that i could not believe my eyes, it was like a chritsmas towm! love to shop the food was and still unique; for me every tour could not way to see the commissary, first place enjoy my life in the military as a spouse and every holiday for me was joy; Thank to all the people that work in every commissary, the dedication and care for families and soldiers; God bless!

  • David Norgen Aecila

    After 26 years of service, I still enjoy shopping at the commissary, whether in Japan, Puerto Rico or Bahrain, feeling like a little kid, just grabbing groceries walking down the aisles…big difference from when I was really a little kid and had to ask my Mom before I could get something in the local supermarket… 😅

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    Hi, several times I’ve been sent emails to sign the 150th anniversary guest book but there’s no way at all to do that from this site or page that I could find each three times! Help please?

  • Carl Adkins

    Bio: I was born in a village west of Ironton, Ohio; to wit, Hanging Rock. I attended mostly Ironton schools, graduating from Ironton High in 1961. I immediately entered the Air Force at Ashland, Kentucky. From 1961 to 1987, my life spanned assignments in Washington state, Texas, Thailand, Maryland (DC), Korea, Florida, Nebraska, Germany, Colorado, and back to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, where I retired. I now live in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

  • Taryn O’Hanlon Cornelius

    I absolutely love this benefit for my husbands years of service. We visit the commissary regularly and the prices, quality and service cant be beat. The employees are always friendly and courteous. I hope that this benefit is never cut.

  • Walter Miller

    The commissaries have always been the first place I would check out where ever the Army chose to send us, including overseas in Europe. As being an enlisted family, it was a huge savings because our pay was much less proportionate to what the enlisted make today. We are retired now, but still enjoy the savings from shopping in the Commissary. Use it or lose it, and we all need to support it. Thank you to all commissary employees and managers.

  • Dale Sill

    We always shop at the commissary. Sometime seems very seldom a local grocery store has a sale that beats the commissary price. The commissary is a great benefit for both active and retired. I hope we never lose it,

  • Judy Richardson

    I am a regular commissary shopper and have been for years, constantly trying to stretch a $, like so many others. Appreciated that we had commissaries overseas, especially as to not have to depend on the local economy for our regular food needs with children. It is still my go to grocery store, as I am lucky enough to have two within driving distance. Thank you Commissary for being here!

  • Deb Roush

    Blessed with being able to use commissary, great benifit.

  • Pamela Long

    I wish we all had the same opportunity to get the same items. It amazes me we can get any junk food we want but something as simple as meat products we, we have to buy it on the local economy.

  • Bill Coffman

    For the past 60 years my wife and I have shopped at every commissary on every military base during active service and after. Food has always been fresh, meat tender, prices 20% less than supermarkets, and have always been able to have ready access to special orders!

  • Thomas E. Combs

    Shopping at the Ft. Knox commissary has always been a pleasant venture. People are polite and considerate of others. I enjoy doing my grocery shopping there.

  • Ken

    Although we live too far away from any commissary to use one regularly, we do use it when in the area. It is, and has been, a vital part of military life since my first memories of a commissary in 1970. Keep up the good work!



    • Marie Blackino

      You are so right. I love the Commissary. My husband is a Retired Army. Been shopping at the Commissary for years. Happy!

  • Kendra Curry

    I love being able to shop the commissary, I have always used it since we were married, when I could. Fortunately, we live close enough to shop there and I am so thankful for that benefit. It would be a struggle if we had to shop at a local grocery store for our everyday groceries. I have used the commissary store brands and I think they are just fine. Another savings I enjoy at the commissary. Thank you to all our veterans and active duty who make this benefit possible.

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  • T. A.

    I value my Commissary benefit and have shopped at installations throughout the world, from the beginning of my service as a WAF in 1972 through my retirement in 1997, and I continue doing so. I appreciate the value and the sense of community. You can always count on seeing someone you know and catching up on the news. My grandson is a high school senior and he is asking me to show him how he will shop when he has to “adult” and can’t use the commissary. I told him I am not going to college with him to buy his groceries but I will send the occasional care package. Please don’t privatize our benefit.