Saturday, February 10, 2007

Camp Striker gets new PX

By Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie
2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) Public Affairs

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – For Soldiers here, shopping in small trailers has come to an end. Soldiers from this Baghdad base camp lined up for the chance to shop in the new Post Exchange here Feb. 1.
The exchange, larger than the size of a convenience store, was opened to accommodate the needs of the Soldiers who live and visit Camp Striker, since it is a transient post.
“The new exchange has a lot more space than the old one,” said Pfc. Justin Bascom, a truck driver with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “It is nice to be able to shop in a space larger than a trailer.”
The new exchange has more amenities than the old one. Some of the amenities included more shelves to stock items and more cash registers.
“The lines are a lot quicker since there are more registers,” said Pfc. Adriane Guy, a 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) human resources specialist from Houston. “It is nice that we are able to shop in an area larger than a trailer. I think all of the Soldiers will enjoy shopping at the PX.”
The exchange is stocked with a variety of hygiene items, military clothes, fitness products and food. Store employees like the new facility, as well.
“The new store is nice,” said Mohammad Imram, a cashier. “I like to help the Soldiers.”
“Having the new PX is a morale booster for the Soldiers,” said Sgt. Aubrey Weaver, a quality assurance and control inspector with the 210th BSB and native of Anderson, Ind., as he looked at different brands of hygiene items.
The Camp Striker PX is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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