Commissaries to Start Accepting Military Star Card
Pursuant to last year’s (FY2017) National Defense Authorization Act (S.2943 – P.L.114-328) commissary consumers will soon be able to use a Military Star credit card to purchase groceries. The Military Star card is accepted at all the military exchanges and has 1.5 million cardholders. On October 3, 2017, a pilot test starts at the Fort Lee, Virginia commissary. On October 9, 2017, five more commissaries will join the pilot program: Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.; Carlisle Barracks, Penn.; Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.; Naval Air Station Key West, Fla.; and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Va. Twenty more stores-including some overseas-will join in October 16, 2017. By November 9, 2017, the remaining 212 commissary stores are expected to accept the Star card, if the pilot test is successful.