WASHINGTON-Since reports surfaced in November that commissaries may close, military families have been wondering whether they'd lose that benefit.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tried to ease concerns recently, saying there are no plans to close military commissaries, according to an article by American Forces Press Service.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey did say that Joint Staff asked the Defense Commissary Agency to look at options to save money, including investigating how the system would operate with reduced or no taxpayer subsidies.

The Defense Commissary Agency has 178 commissionaries in the U.S. and nearly 70 overseas.

Gen. Dempsey commanded US Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe in Hampton from December 2008 to March 2001 before becoming the Chief of Staff of the Army. Fort Monroe has since closed as an Army post.

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