DeCA works with Airmen and Sailors to stock up commissaries

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  • By U.S. Air Force Airman Allon Lapaix

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is working with both the Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Naval Base Guam (NBG) commissaries to restock their shelves with food, Nov. 18–21, 2023.

During routine food safety surveillance activities, Public Health Activity – Guam (PHA-G) identified the presence of stored product pests in several pasta products and dry pet foods being delivered to the Guam Central Distribution Center (CDC).

Military food inspectors immediately removed all the items that didn’t meet their food safety standard.

DeCA and public health officials are investigating to identify the initial source of the bugs, and all new products arriving to Guam are being thoroughly inspected to avoid reoccurrence.

Six emergency flights were used to load 110,000 pounds of food for both the Andersen AFB and NBG commissary.

DeCA worked alongside over 100 Airmen and Sailors to help employees restock shelves.

“Knowing that the DeCA organization had taken this extra step to help stock the shelves for the holidays means the world to the Airmen and their families here at Andersen,” said Mrs. Jeryn Palenske, member of the Key Spouse program. “The commissary is also looking into long-term solutions to better support the island from here on out.”

Through the help of everyone involved, the commissary will be at 96% stock rate.