The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is headquarters for the worldwide NEXCOM Enterprise. Its mission is to provide authorized customers with quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families.
NEXCOM oversees seven primary business programs: Navy Exchange (NEX) Stores; Navy Lodge Program; Navy Gateway Inns & Suites; Uniform Program Management Office (UPMO); Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF); Ships Store Program; and Telecommunications Program Office.
The modern day NEX and ships stores shopped today are vastly different from the ones that originated over 200 years ago. NEXs have come a long way since the days when bumboats sold their wares to Sailors aboard naval vessels in the 1800s. Back then, Sailors had to depend on those unreliable boats to get their personal items while aboard ship. The bumboats, small vessels that pulled alongside U.S. Navy ships, exchanged merchandise for money by pails lowered over the side by the crew of the Navy ship.
The Navy Ships Store Office was established in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Apr. 1, 1946. This office was later renamed the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and relocated to Virginia Beach, Va., in 1993.
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