Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Defense Commissary Agency announced this week its commissaries worldwide will return to normal hours the week of August 18 to 24 - a move prompted by the Department of Defense's decision to cut furlough days for civilian DoD employees from 11 days to six.
Home Post reported last May that sequestration cuts triggered Defense Department furloughs for its civilian employees. As a result, military commissaries worldwide closed their doors on Mondays, starting July 8. The 148 commissaries already routinely closed on Mondays were forced to shut their doors the "next normal day of operation," meaning Tuesday.
The Monday closures were supposed to last until September 30, but the reduction in civilian furloughs means commissaries will return to normal hours on August 18 instead.
DeCA Director and CEO Joseph Jeu said in a news release announcing the restoration of commissary hours:
“We will do everything possible to ensure that our shelves are properly stocked with the products our customers want when they shop. However, there will be a short adjustment period as our stores settle back into their pre-furlough operating and delivery routines.”