All Okinawa commissaries’ hours remain same except Camp Kinser
By Sgt. Brian Marion
| | June 28, 2013
June 28, 2013 -- MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER — The only commissary on Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler to be effected by furloughs caused by sequestration is the Camp Kinser commissary, which is scheduled to close on Tuesdays, in addition to regular Monday closures.
Approximately 40 Defense Commissary Agency overseas commissaries are scheduled to reduce business hours for an additional day due to furloughs slated to begin July 8.
Due to international agreements, Okinawa community members employed by DeCA are exempt from the furloughs, resulting in many of the commissaries remaining open, according to a DeCA press release.
Camps Foster, Courtney and Kadena Air Base commissaries will maintain their normal business hours throughout the furloughs.
“DeCA is committed to doing everything possible to minimize the impact of any budget decisions on its patrons,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO. “We’re doing just that at overseas commissaries, where we have sufficient local national employees to open during furloughs.”
The furloughs are scheduled to end Sept. 30, 2013.
Patrons are encouraged to visit DeCA’s website, www.commissaries.com, to stay informed of any changes to their local commissary’s schedule.