DOD OKs Replacement Commissary in Wake of Pittsburgh Facility’s Closure
- December 6, 2011
A top Pentagon official has approved construction of a $17.2 million commissary to serve about 170,000 active, retired and reserve military members in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area after the one at the former Charles E. Kelly Support Center is closed.
The news comes six years after local officials and representatives began campaigning for a new commissary after learning that the Kelly Support Center was designated for closure under BRAC 2005. The commissary, along with a post exchange, will be built next to the McGarity Army Reserve Center located a few miles from Kelly.
The funding had been held up by the Senate Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee but was released last week, according to a memo sent by Jo Ann Rooney, DOD’s acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness, to the Defense Commissary Agency, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The new facility, expected to take several years to complete, will allow service members and retirees to avoid driving to Dayton, Ohio, or Carlisle, Pa., the next closest locations with a commissary.