NEXCOM Celebrates 70 Years of Serving the Navy Family

BY KRISTINE M. STURKIE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, NAVY EXCHANGE SERVICE COMMAND

Nex_70th_logo_CMYKWhile the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) can trace its roots back to the 1800s when Sailors had to depend on “bumboats” that moored alongside their ships to buy personal items, it wasn’t until April 1, 1946, that Navy leadership officially created a command to handle the necessary retail business within the Navy.

Today, 70 years after its official establishment, NEXCOM provides oversight for 100 NEX complexes made up of more than 300 individual stores, 39 Navy Lodges, 134 ships stores, the Navy Clothing Textile and Research Facility, Uniform Program Management Office, and Telecommunications Program Office.

NEXCOM’s mission is to provide quality goods and services at a savings to its authorized customers and to support Navy quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families.

March/April 2016