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Moffett embraces job as new DeCA East Area director

FORT LEE, Va. (Mar. 15, 2017) – Nearly two months into the job as director of the Defense Commissary Agency's East Area, Bonita Moffett says she's excited about the challenges ahead.

"We're all facing change with our agency's transformation, and I'm encouraged by how the leadership in our East stores are embracing it because I'm all about providing the commissary benefit," Moffett said. "We're working together as a team and in the coming months as our transformation measures take shape we're going to continue to provide a commissary benefit that's highly valued by those we serve."

The East Area encompasses 48 commissaries in 13 states from New England to the mid-Atlantic areas, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They account for annual sales in excess of $1.4 billion or 26 percent of the agency's $5.3 billion in sales, and 19.6 million transactions or 23 percent of DeCA's 86.7 million transactions for fiscal 2016.

Moffett, who became area director January 22, had served as store operations chief in DeCA's Store Operations Group at DeCA Headquarters, since October 2013. Her commissary operations experience spans more than 30 years, starting with her military service in the U.S. Air Force.

"Bonita has the depth and breadth of commissary operator experience and know-how that makes her ideally suited to oversee the East Area," said Keith Hagenbuch, DeCA's executive director of store operations. "Her relentless pursuit of excellence and attention to detail will serve the area well as it, and the rest of the agency, adapt to our transformation initiatives in the coming months."

Moffett's commissary career began in 1979 as a troop support specialist with the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS) at Little Rock Air Force Base Commissary, Arkansas. She progressed through a variety of managerial positions in stateside and overseas locations while in military service until her retirement, and started her civilian commissary career in October of 1999.

Her career highlights include: providing commissary management insight and expertise as a store planner, working with DeCA architects and engineers to help ensure the functionality of store renovations and new store designs; serving as DeCA's consumer advocate; and later serving the agency's senior leadership as chief of DeCA's Corporate Operations Group.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

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