A visit to the Commissary.

So much fun!  There is nothing ironic in that statement.  When I travel I most delight in seeing normal everyday things that are different.  This was one of them.  One can only shop at the commissary if they have the proper military ID.  I think you have to live at Ft. Leavenworth to shop there, though Heather can weigh in in comments if I’m wrong.
An easy way to fill prescriptions.

The produce looked delicious.  Very fresh.

There were all sorts of food from all over the world, because Army families who live abroad want to be able to eat delicious food they develop a taste for when they return home.

This squid is a good deal.
An amazing price on coconut milk. It’s $3.69 in my grocery store.
Non-standard cookies.
In case you need some fried herring in spicy marinade.
Or many other flavors.
Another thing not in my local market.
Perhaps you need some frozen pork chitterlings?
Or the same thing in this format?
Among the common flavors of jam, you could also enjoy Gooseberry flavor.
This was the first time I had seen the Coke bottles with names on them
Don’t forget your copy of the Army Times.  Grooming, tattoos and drawdown.  That says it all.

4 thoughts on “A visit to the Commissary.”

  1. Anyone with a current military id can shop at the commissary. Or the PX. Or the gas station. Without it? Nope. Any branch (Army, Navy, Air Force, etc) can use any of the other branches stores.

  2. And, the baggers that work there only work for tips. They have no actual wages. I usually tip based on the amount of the bill. But, I also see people who do not tip at all. And, if they are cool, and engaging in conversation, I tip a little more! (But, I have also been known to give cash to pan handlers too which is why I am not "allowed" to carry cash with me!)

  3. I WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS TOO!!! How fun that they have international goodies. Completely makes sense. When we lived on Columbia Pike there was a NEX, or gas commissary/convenience store right near the Pentagon and the Navy barracks that was there (now razed – due to a land swap with Arlington Cemetery). We had no idea what is was, but noticed that the prices were cheap, so we pulled in. Shawn used the credit card on the pump and I went in for a snack. Shawn had no problem, but I, without my military ID was turned away. Alas. Though I likely didn't need those chips any way. We thought it was somewhat odd that there wasn't something on the pump to stop. us. But we are rule followers,so we didn't go back.

  4. I think it's so cool that you got to go to the commissary! I've never been in one, but the impression I had wasn't good. Now my perspective has totally changed! I can't believe they have so many different kinds of food from all over the world. Although, fried herring? /ralph

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