Base commissary going green

6 Nov 2008 | Cpl. M. L. McCoy

For the first time in the 15 years since it was first built, the base commissary is receiving some much needed renovations.

Like the fresh vegetables they hold, the refrigeration systems are going green.  

“The systems have a life expectancy of about 12 years, so the units have just aged,” said Mike Dunn, commissary director.  “Energy efficiency is not only a (Department of Defense) directive but a presidential one as well, so we’re complying with that.”

Not only will these new systems use less energy, but they will be more convenient for the customers. 

The new frozen units will be upright and able to house an expanded variety of frozen foods.  The produce section will be moved around for a salad bar area at the front of the store.

In addition to using less energy while offering more convenience, the store has taken steps to improve the comfort of its patrons.

All of the front doors will be replaced, as well as the heating and cooling systems.

“The renovations will really brighten up some of the areas and give the customers more of a variety,” said Harry Northington, produce store worker.  “Our customers are very well-deserving of anything we can do to brighten up their lives.  It’s how we can show thanks for their service.”

Commissary shoppers can expect to see their more energy efficient, convenient and comfortable store by September 2009.