New Policy for Shopping at Naval Base Guam Allows for Guest to Shop Too

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Guam –  Naval Base Guam Commanding Officer Capt. Richard Wood has announced a trial period for a limited guest policy for shopping at the Navy Exchange (NEX) and Commissary on Naval Base Guam.  

According to Capt. Wood, his goal is to allow active duty military, reserve, retirees and government civilians with privileges and who are over 18 years of age the opportunity to have one visitor accompany them as a guest into the Commissary and Exchange. Escorting an additional guest would be the exception and may be authorized at the discretion of the store manager.

The guests are accompanying the shopper, not shopping themselves, Capt. Wood said. This new guest policy is for the convenience of the shopper, who might otherwise have to leave a sponsored guest at home, in the car or waiting in the NEX food court.

“My goal is to improve the shopping experience for Sailors and their families while not negatively impacting the overall ability of the NEX and Commissary to meet the needs of our military, civilian and retiree community,” he said.

The new policy memorandum states the guest privilege may be restricted on “high volume”, “special sales” or “authorized shoppers’ days” which will be announced in advance. The policy could be revoked if the NEX tracking shows shortages in stock or excessively crowded stores.

This guest policy does not affect the policy for base access, said Capt. Wood. Any person entering Naval Base Guam must have base access privileges or be sponsored by an individual with base access privileges.