Navy Exchange Command’s Navy Lodge Program Celebrates 50 Years

By Michael Bockelman, Vice President, Navy Exchange Service Command’s Navy Lodge Program

Throughout 2019, the Navy Lodge Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events, activities, and surprises for guests and the local military community.

The Navy Lodge Program was created in 1969 to bolster scarce housing options for military families on permanent change of station (PCS) orders. Teaming up with the Bureau of Naval Personnel and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, construction began on reasonably priced, temporary lodging facilities. Unlike other services’ temporary lodging facilities, the Navy Lodge Program distinguished itself by operating with non-appropriated funds. The first Navy Lodge opened at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia, on Feb. 6, 1971.

NEXCOM team cuts a cake to celebrate NEXCOM’s Navy Lodge Program’s 50th anniversary at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek– Fort Story. From left to right: Retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer of NEXCOM; Michael Bockelman, vice president, NEXCOM’s Navy Lodge Program; Paige Gillespie, general manager, Navy Lodge Little Creek–Fort Story; Cmdr. Brent Fulton, executive officer, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story; Command Master Chief Shannon Howe, Command Master Chief of NEXCOM; and Capt. Darrell Mathis, deputy director Military Services of NEXCOM. –photo by Kristine M. Sturkie

 

As the official government lodging for military members on PCS orders, Navy Lodges offer room rates at an average of 45% less than comparable civilian hotels, saving families and DoD nearly $52 million in 2018.

Authorized Navy Lodge guests on PCS orders can take advantage of a scratch-off card offering a 10, 15 or 25% discount or a free stay up to 20 nights. The discount is valid at all Navy Lodges in the continental United States until Feb. 29, 2020. Guests may use only one discount per stay. Scratch-off cards are available on base at personnel support detachment, the housing office, household goods, the personal property office, the Navy Exchange customer service desk, or by calling the Navy Lodge Reservation Center at 800-628-9466.

Summer 2019