Some Commissaries to Remain Open

Thirty-seven military commissaries in Europe and the Pacific will remain open with local national employees while U.S. Civilian employees are affected by furloughs. Most Defense Department civilian employees will be off work for up to 11 unpaid furlough days from July 8 to Sept. 30. Because of international agreements, local national employees are exempt from furlough. A list of the commissaries that will remain open is available. Because the budget situation is fluid, DeCA officials said, plans for the furlough period are subject to change. Commissary customers can quickly find out about any changes to their local store's operating schedule by going to the website at, clicking on the "Locations" tab, then "Alphabetical Listing," finding their store and clicking on "Local Store Information."