Command Sergeant Major Matt Barnes (center), cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the N. Fort Lewis Express Supply store with Lighthouse President and CEO Kirk Adams (left) and NIB Vice President of Marketing Steve Heinecke (right)

We had many exciting developments in 2010 in our Base Supply Center (BSC) program. In April we proudly held an official Grand Opening ceremony for a new BSC at North Fort Lewis on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. In attendance was Command Sergeant Major Scott Barnes, as well as representatives from National Industries for the Blind (NIB). We also began construction and development of a new BSC at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA. The addition of these two new BSCs brings our total to six across the West Coast.

Since the launch of the first BSC in 1995, government customers have appreciated convenient access to thousands of high-quality, competitively priced SKILCRAFT® and other name brand products as well as Hazmat, IEE, and other services.

In purchasing from BSCs, government customers support the employment of qualified professionals who are blind or have other severe disabilities through the AbilityOne Program. These employees produce and ship products, provide services, and in many cases, staff the BSCs. Additionally, service-disabled veterans and military dependents have the opportunity to join the AbilityOne team, where they continue to play a valuable role in the military communities that are significant to their lives.

“Our staff really feel like they’re fulfilling the mission of the base, as well as the mission of the Lighthouse.”

Karen Kidd, Vice President Base Supply Centers