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AAFES, DeCA give customers a look at what’s to come

AAFES, DeCA give customers a look at what’s to come

PAO staff report

 At the AAFES/Commissary Advisory Council meeting Wednesday, manager Don Fleck reported the Defense Commissary Agency is looking for a potential second source of milk due to continued uncertainty around state-owned Matanuska Maid and its higher price per gallon.

Fleck also reported last week’s Anchorage Area case lot sale was far more successful than previous sales.

At the fall sale last year, the commissary totaled $97,000 in three days in case lot sales only.

This year’s fall sale total was more than $206,000, with a three-day total of $803,000 is commissary sales for the three-day event.

Fleck reported the Anchorage Area Commissary is replacing all its registers, and will showcase 18 new checkouts and 4 self-checkout lanes Oct. 10.

He said there will also be two price check stations near the rear of the store so patrons can verify prices before they get to the checkout.

Some floor construction is scheduled to begin in January, but he said customer inconvenience should be minimal.

Speaking for AAFES, general manager Rick Byrd announced a slight delay in the grand opening of the Starbucks coffee shop at Fort Richardson.

He said the new facility, which will be inside the post theater, is now probably going to open around the end of October.

Other AAFES news included mention of the upcoming “Still Serving” sale aimed at retirees, and the Alaska-only Dividend Sale geared around receipt of annual Permanent Fund Dividend checks.

AAFES main store manager Ernlida Eiley announced a new layaway policy aimed at parents buying early Christmas gifts.

Although AAFES recently shortened its layaway period from 120 days to 60 days, Eiley said the Exchange will store gifts for customers for longer periods of time if they coordinate with customer service.

Both Byrd and Eiley asked patrons to complete the two-minute AAFES online survey at The survey is available through Oct. 1.

Other highlights include the upcoming opening of an espresso service in Fort Richardson’s Community Education Complex, the addition of a jewelry repair shop in the Joint Military Mall and the addition of family-oriented, stress-related section in the book and magazine aisle in the main exchange.

Military Clothing and Sales Store personnel noted the new price list for mandatory uniform items has been published, and all items subject to a price increases are currently noted with orange tags so service members can see what the new price will be beginning Oct. 1.

This will allow an earlier purchase if personnel so desire.

Byrd also highlighted the new 10-bay service center and gas station scheduled to open on Elmendorf Air Force Base in December.

He said two of the bays will be dedicated to 10-minute oil changes, and said the facility will also offer emission inspections.

For tire changeovers or purchases, customers can call 428-1248 for Fort Richardson or 753-3137 for Elmendorf service stations to set appointments. Fort Richardson personnel are welcome to use the Elmendorf facility.

Byrd also said AAFES is always hiring, and is especially looking for more workers during the upcoming holiday season. Interested applicants can pick up a form at the exchange, or online at