May 29, 2015

Base Supply Centers celebrate 20 years of service, promoting opportunities

by Kenji Thuloweit
412th Test Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit
CEO of IB Express, C.J. Lange, presents Edwards AFB's Base Supply Center manager, Patricia Kondrotas, a 20th anniversary plaque for the store during a ceremony May 19. IB Express operates 152 AbilityOne Base Supply Centers nationwide.

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A cozy ceremony was held inside the Base Supply Center May 19 where 412th Mission Support Group leadership joined BSC employees and executives of IB Express to celebrate the company’s 20 years of service to the military and for their role in promoting opportunities for the sight-impaired and people with other disabilities.

The I.B. in IB Express stands for Industries for the Blind. For the past two decades, the company has run AbilityOne Base Supply Centers across the country, including the one here on Edwards. Today, IB Express operates 152 BSCs.

The AbilityOne Program is a federal initiative to help people who are blind, or have other significant disabilities, find employment by working within a network of more than 600 nonprofit agencies that sell products and services to the U.S. government.

“They (BSC’s) are much more than just an office supply store, they are part of our community,” said C.J. Lange, IB Express chief executive officer. “Over the years, the BSC program has succeeded in providing thousands of jobs for people who are blind and severely disabled. Many of these are local residents who would otherwise have few opportunities for employment.”

Lange also said BSC’s employ many retired military, dependents and wounded warriors.

The BSC on Edwards has been operating for 13 years and has four employees.

Government Purchase Card holders can buy office and building supplies, along with uniforms and military accessories for their unit or office.

“We are a one-stop shop and our goal is to serve our customers in any way possible,” said Patricia Kondrotas, Edwards BSC store manager.

Lange presented Kondrotas with a coin and a 20-year anniversary plaque for the store. She spoke about how her employees really love working at the BSC and how she has had to open up the store several late nights to ensure Airmen got the proper supplies before their deployment the next day.

“We’re here to support the Airmen and the base, and when you shop here, you’re helping a great program out that creates jobs for disabled people and even wounded warriors,” said Kondrotas.

To learn more about the AbilityOne Program, or to buy supplies for your office, visit the BSC at 115 Gregorius Ave., Bldg. 3736 Door 9.

Call 661-258-9422 for any questions about the BSC and its merchandise.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



Headlines – March 16, 2018

News How Did Astronaut DNA Become ‘Fake News’? – For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign.   Business Defiant undergoing rigorous testing prior to first flight this year – The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant coaxial helicopter demonstrator is now undergoing rigorous testing prior to its first flight expected...

News Briefs – March 16, 2018

F/A-18F crashes off coast of Florida An F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on final approach to Boca Chica Field, Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla., at approximately 4:30 p.m., EDT, March 14. Search and rescue crews were notified shortly after the crash where they recovered both the pilot and weapons systems officer from the water approximately...
NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes

NASA Armstrong successfully flies new subscale aircraft

The Subscale Research Lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently introduced a new addition to their fleet of miniature aircraft. The not-so-small MicroCub is a Bill Hempel 60-percent-scale super cub...