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Sheppard Clinic Town Hall Meeting

When: April 1, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m

Location: Assembly Area - Basement of the Medical Clinic

Sheppard Clinic leadership and experts available to answer your questions! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to ask questions, get new information first hand and meet our medical staff.

Discussion items include:

  • Defense Health Agency (DHA) transition
  • TRICARE PLUS Program
  • Access to Care
  • Pharmacy Process

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Commissary provides quality goods, saves shoppers money

Holiday shoppers preparing for a festive meal can lessen the holiday financial pinch by purchasing their goods at the commissary. According to the Defense Commissary Agency, consumers can save 30-34 percent on tiesm at the base commissary instead of going to off-base merchants. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tonnette Thompson)

Holiday shoppers preparing for a festive meal can lessen the holiday financial pinch by purchasing their goods at the commissary. According to the Defense Commissary Agency, consumers can save 30-34 percent on tiesm at the base commissary instead of going to off-base merchants. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tonnette Thompson)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Whether shopping for presents, decorations or the tree itself, many members of Team Sheppard may find that spending a great deal of money is as much a holiday tradition as the happiness and peace the holidays inspire.

However, some may not realize Sheppard offers its members one way to keep their hard-earned cash in hand - low-priced grocery shopping.

The Sheppard Commissary offers its customers everything one would expect from a grocery store, from fresh fruits and vegetables, to meats of every grade and cut, to aisles of pastas and dairy products, condiments and spices, frozen food and junk food. Everything one would expect ... except the tax.

"The commissary is a sort of military benefit disguised as a grocery store," said Mike Cox, manager of the Commissary.

Commissary customers experience an average of 30-34 percent savings as compared to off-base grocery stores, Mr. Cox said. The 5 percent surcharge the customers do pay is committed to projects like the $4.8 million restoration the commissary underwent in 2003.

When a commissary customer buys groceries, the commissary charges only as much as needed to recoup the items' cost, without the additional taxes commonly associated with other grocery stores. As such, a customer buying in bulk saves a significant amount more than they would at an off-base grocery.

In 2003, it was estimated by the Defense Commissary Agency Midwest Region director that the annual savings of a family of four was $2,400 if they shopped at the commissary.

"That's closer to $2,900 now, and that latest figure comes from Pat Nixon, the director of DeCA," said Mr. Cox.

The commissary also has a few unique features that one probably wouldn't find with the average Wichita Falls grocer. Right next to the deli, for example, is a sushi bar, Southern Tsunami, which opened late July. In the pasta aisle, one can find spaetzels alongside the spaghetti and macaroni.

"We have several different sections based on different ethnicities: Oriental, Mexican, European. We cover the scope more than the typical civilian retailer would because our clients have been around the world and exposed to different foods. They've developed a taste for them and enjoy having them available here," Mr. Cox said.

Shoppers might also find the idea of a grocery store located only minutes away from their workplace or home more convenient.

"I live on base, so I definitely prefer shopping here," said Larissa Scott, a military spouse, who managed to fill her cart nearly to overflowing in less than 30 minutes while also monitoring her two children.

For the holidays, the commissary is also offering the Certificheck program, which allows a customer to purchase a gift check and donate it to a family.

"It's a way to give the gift of groceries, giving a needy family in the area a way to have a happy holiday," said Mr. Cox.

For more information or to shop online, visit www.commissaries.com