NBC Celebrates the Navy Exchange’s 65th Anniversary

Last Updated : 5/26/2011 10:16:12 AM

NAVAL BASE CORONADO, Calif.,- (April 1, 2011) From right to left, Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer, Capt. Yancy Lindsey; North Island Navy Exchange (NEX) Wear-House Receiver, Manny Ocampo; and North Island NEX Sale Associate, Carmelita Tolentino, celebrate the 65th anniversary of the NEX by participating in a cake-cutting ceremony at Naval Air station North Island. More than 50 NEX employees attended the event. (U.S. Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda Cabasos, Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office).

Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer, Capt. Yancy Lindsey said, "It is not only a celebration of 65 years of Navy Exchange (NEX) success, it's also a celebration of outstanding customer support and value that the NEX delivers to us each and everyday."

The event included a historical speech about the development of the NEX and a cake-cutting ceremony.

According to the Global Exchange, the associate Newsletter for the Navy Exchange system, the evolvement of the modern day NEX has come a long way. In the 1800s, Sailors had to depend on unreliable bumboats to purchase their personal items while aboard a ship. The merchandise was typically poor quality and sold at very high prices.

Near the end of the 1800s, the Navy began to open up canteens on the ships to regulate money spent aboard, which would improve quality of food served by the general mess, according to the Global.

According to the Global, by 1945, a committee recommended that all resale activities be operated like a large chain of retail stores and that a central office should be established to oversee the operations. The new central office was established in Brooklyn, N.Y, on April 1, 1946. The office was renamed NEXCOM and relocated to Virginia Beach, VA, in 1993.

Today, NEXCOM oversees 102 NEX complexes with nearly 300 stores, as well as Navy Lodges, ship stores and the uniform Program Management Office, according to the Global.

Manny Ocampo, Navy Exchange North Island Wear-House Receiver said, "I enjoy working at the Navy Exchange because we work as a team and also because we enjoy supporting men and women in uniform."

Worldwide, the NEX employs more than 14,000 associates which whom 27 percent are military family members.

Navy Exchange North Island Sale Associate Carmelita Tolentino, who started her 45-year career in the Philippines said, "It makes me feel happy working at the NEX because I enjoy serving the military and their dependants."

Navy Exchange North Island Store Manager Georgia Palmer-Lazar said, "It's a great honor that all of us are able to serve military families, both active duty and retired. We all feel the benefit of being able to serve the best customers in the world and give them the best customer service that we can."

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