Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources; Captain Todd Prestidge, Commander, Personnel Service Center; Captain Bruce C. Brown, Commanding Officer, Community Services Command; and Jason M. Vanderhaden, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard are opening the largest shopping exchange in Coast Guard history in Centreville, Va., on Friday.
Tax-free shopping at the Coast Guard Exchange is a non-pay compensation benefit limited to authorized patrons including active duty and retired members of all branches of the armed services and their dependents, members of the Reserves, Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Guard and Department of Homeland Security civil service employees.
“This beautiful, new 55,000 square foot flagship store is the largest CGX in history. It is strategically located to serve eligible military and civilian patrons from all branches of service in the National Capital Region, and conveniently located close to home – where you live and shop,” said Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.
The Coast Guard operates 64 exchanges throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Proceeds support morale, well-being and recreation (MWR) activities through the world. Over the past 10 years Coast Guard exchanges have contributed more than $23 million to MWR programs.