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 Dobbins received final approval to become the site of a new commissary.
 The approval will prevent metro Atlanta servicemembers from traveling two hours to Columbus, Ga. to shop at a commissary.
 Officials currently do not know when the commissary will be built.
 
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Shoppers browse through items during a case lot sale May 2009. Dobbins has recently been approved as the site of a new commissary to replace the ones closing at Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson. The approval will prevent metro Atlanta servicemembers from traveling two hours to Columbus, Ga. to shop at a commissary.
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Dobbins clears final hurdle for commissary

Posted 9/9/2009   Updated 9/9/2009 Email story   Print story

    


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9/9/2009 - WASHINGTON -- Dobbins Air Reserve Base has received approval from the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to build a military commissary on the base. The decision will give military personnel in metro Atlanta a commissary to shop at when the ones at nearby Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson close within two years. 

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., have been working for more than a year to try to ensure a seamless transition between the closure of existing commissaries serving metro Atlanta and construction of the new commissary.

"This is fantastic news for Dobbins as well as for the thousands of military personnel and veterans in the metro Atlanta area," said Isakson, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "I'm extremely pleased the Department of Defense has given final approval of the commissary at Dobbins and I will now work with my colleagues to ensure Dobbins receives the necessary funding for the commissary."

"This approval is welcome news for the thousands of military personnel, their families, and veterans in the metro Atlanta area and it has been a long time coming," said Gingrey. "This was the final step in a five step process of getting the application for the commissary approved. I applaud the Department of Defense for recognizing that those men and women who have served our country so honorably should not be left without convenient access to these critical facilities. I look forward to continuing to work to make this become a reality."
 
"This new commissary will provide a much-needed service for our military men and women in the Atlanta area," said Chambliss, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure Dobbins receives the funding to move forward with this project."

On March 31, the Commissary Operating Board of the Defense Commissary Agency agreed to recommend approval of a commissary at Dobbins Air Reserve Base to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, who ultimately made the final decision on the facility.

Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson in Atlanta, as well as the Naval Supply School in Athens, are scheduled to close in 2011. At that time, Fort Benning, which is located two hours southwest of Atlanta, will be the closest commissary serving the metro Atlanta military population.

Isakson, Chambliss and Gingrey believe it is critical to maintain a convenient commissary for the metro Atlanta military community, and Dobbins Air Reserve Base meets all the requirements outlined by the Department of Defense to build and maintain a commissary.



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9/18/2009 9:09:00 AM ET
The military commissary is one of the most utilized benefits for active duty and retired personnel.
Tracy Johnson FCC Retired, Smyrna GA
 
9/15/2009 10:37:26 PM ET
This is outstanding news for retirees in the Atlanta metro area. We have been trying to get a commissionary for years at Dobbins. At last
Calvin Stevens SMSgt Retired, Decatur GA
 
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