The new $6 million military post exchange in Moon Township is one step closer to completion.

Thursday’s groundbreaking for the new exchange hosted by the Army Reserve was the second groundbreaking in two years at the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

The exchange, which will replace the current facility in Oakdale, Pa., will house a retail store, military clothing sales, Class Six alcohol sales and a barbershop. The facility also is designed to achieve LEED — Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design — silver certification status from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new PX will sit adjacent to the $15 million commissary being built on the same site. The facilities are expected to serve a customer base of more than 30,750 shoppers from all three branches within 40 miles.

Elected officials turned out in spades — and posed with spades later, during the ceremonial groundbreaking — to offer their support for the project.

“This is a true testament to the entire community coming together,” said state Sen. Matt Smith, D-37, Mount Lebanon. “I think it’s important for elected officials to continue to put measures behind our mouths.

“When we say we’re supportive, I think it’s important on the legislative front to be supportive of those men and women who are serving our country, as well as on the investment front,” he added. “And investments like this — to continue to make the lives of the military families just a little bit easier.” Continue reading →


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