Commissary privileges expanded to protective services employees

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Defense Commissary Agency announced earlier this month the expansion of shopping privileges for protective services civilian employees at U.S. commissaries.

Effective Aug. 1, personnel who fall into various job series in protective services categories within the General Schedule are allowed to purchase food and hygiene items at DECA stores situated on the same military installations where they serve.

“This decision comes as a testament to the invaluable contributions made by federal civilians who ensure the safety, security, and well-being of military personnel and infrastructure at Hanscom Air Force Base and other CONUS [continental United States] locations,” said Chris Palmer, assistant commissary officer at Hanscom AFB.

The shopping privileges cover a range of career fields, including Security Administration, GS-0080; Fire Protection and Prevention, GS-0081; Police, GS-0083; Security Guard, GS-0085; and Emergency Management, GS-0089.

According to DECA officials, the privilege is limited to federal civilian personnel only; dependents and family members are not eligible for the shopping benefit.

Hanscom AFB store officials also recently announced that commissary-eligible customers now have more opportunities to shop online using the Click2Go service introduced in 2021.

“We are excited to offer the Click2Go service to seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Palmer.

Last summer, the commissary extended operating hours to seven days a week.

For further information about the Hanscom AFB commissary, visit