Dozens of overseas commissaries to stay open despite furlough of US workers
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More than three dozen commissaries in Europe, the Pacific and Middle East will remain open despite the impending furlough of U.S. government workers, the agency that runs the military’s supermarkets announced.
While the stores’ American personnel are still expected to be furloughed for up to 11 days between July 8 and the end of September, 37 overseas commissaries will remain open with local national employees, according to a Defense Commissary Agency news release. Because of international agreements, local workers are exempt from furlough, according to the agency.
The commissaries that will operate normally throughout the furlough include:
- Belgium: Chièvres.
- Egypt: Cairo.
- Germany: Bamberg, Garmisch, Patch Barracks (Stuttgart), Sembach, Spangdahlem, Vilseck and Vogelweh.
- Italy: Aviano, Livorno, NSA Naples, Sigonella and Vicenza.
- Japan: Camp Zama, Misawa, Sagamihara Housing, and Yokota.
- Okinawa: Camp Foster, Camp Courtney, and Kadena.
- Portugal: Lajes Field.
- Saudi Arabia: Riyadh.
- South Korea: K-16 Air Base, Camp Stanley, Camp Carroll, Hannam Village, Kunsan, Camp Humphreys, Daegu, Chinhae and Osan.
- Spain: Rota.
- Turkey: Ankara, Incirlik and Izmir.
- United Kingdom: Menwith Hill.
In its release, the agency noted that, “because sequestration is so fluid, DeCA’s plan for this budget-cutting measure is subject to change.”
Civilian furloughs are one of the effects of the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration and are still expected to shutter the agency’s 210 other stores, including 29 overseas commissaries, one day a week. Most stores will be closed Mondays during the furlough period. Those that normally close on Mondays will close the next normal day of operation, the agency previously announced.