Navy Exchange Service Command Celebrates 73 Years of Serving Military and Families

By Kristine M. Sturkie, Public Affairs, Navy Exchange Service Command

SHC Larry Hardimon, fleet liaison, NEXCOM Ship’s Store Program; retired Rear Adm. Rod Squibb, former commanding officer, NEXCOM; Jo Johnson, Uniform Program Operations specialist, NEXCOM; Donald Jones, Equal Employment Opportunity manager, NEXCOM; retired Rear Adm. John Kavanaugh, former commanding officer, NEXCOM; and retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer, NEXCOM, cut a cake to celebrate NEXCOM’s 73rd Anniversary. –photo by Kristine M. Sturkie


On April 1, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) celebrated 73 years of serving Sailors and their families. NEXCOM can trace its roots back to the 1800s when Sailors depended on “bumboats” that moored alongside their ships to buy personal items. However, it wasn’t until April 1, 1946, that Navy leadership officially created a command to handle the necessary retail business within the Navy.

“For 73 years, NEXCOM associates have been taking care of Sailors and their families around the world,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer of NEXCOM. “Since our inception in 1946, 100% of NEX profits have gone to improving quality of life for military families worldwide, providing over $3.6 billion to MWR. We are proud of the support we provide to the most deserving customers in the world and look forward to serving them for many years to come!”

The Navy Exchange service station at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.


NEXCOM headquarters and Navy Exchange (NEX) locations worldwide marked the momentous anniversary with cake cutting events, promotions, sales and more.

Summer 2019