Privatized Army Commissary Facing Shortages
The Marine Times is reporting that servicemembers, their families, and authorized government contractors stationed at Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll, which is 2,000 miles from the the nearest major land mass in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are dealing with a severe shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables at their contractor-operated grocery store — the only option for buying food on the island.
Apparently some dependents are even taking Space-A military flights to Honolulu to shop for produce and dairy items — about a five-hour flight each way.
The commissary is the residents' only option for buying groceries. While the supply-chain problems plaguing Kwajalein Atoll have been going on for decades, this could possibly presage future problems if the Department of Defense is forced to privatize even more commissaries worldwide, as initially proposed by the FY '17 National Defense Authorization Act.
TREA: The Enlisted Association has been a leader in the fight against the privatization movement in the last two NDAAs, and we have defeated both attempts – but we know that the threat hasn't gone away. To find out more, go here: