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Pentagon considers closing US commissaries

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

There's talk up in Washington about possibly closing all U.S. commissaries in 2015 as part of a massive cost saving effort.

There are 178 commissaries and the Defense Commissary Agency estimates military families save more than 30 percent on their grocery bills compared to shopping at regular retail stores.

In the Lowcountry, the Parris Island commissary also serves the Marine Corps Air Station and the Naval Hospital.

Elected officials had mixed opinions about the potential closures at Tuesday night's legislative reception in Beaufort.

"I believe no one size fits all. I believe the bases should have a little bit of choice in the matter, if they've got the ability to partner with somebody in town, some community member that they're with, I believe our federal government ought to find a way to work that out," said State Representative Shannon Erickson.  

"I mean, it's part of the inducement, it's part of the lifestyle, it's part of the things that were promised to them, so I hope that does not happen. I think that would be a disservice to our military service men and women," said State Senator Tom Davis.  

At this time no final decisions have been made on the DOD's 2015 budget submission.

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