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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | May 3, 2012

Base Supply Center opens on Joint Base Andrews

By Courtesy article Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs

The Ability One Base Supply Center operated by Blind Industries and Services of Maryland opened on Joint Base Andrews, Md. April 16. The store has more than 2,500 office supply items in stock; plus more than 50,000 items that can be ordered for next-day delivery.

The supply center is located in building 3066, East Perimeter Road, JBA, Md. and is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Base Supply Center program was created in 1995 and filled a void on many military installations by providing a retail-type store that sells everything from office and cleaning supplies to uniforms. The BSC initiative is administered under the Ability One Program, which creates employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely disabled through the sale of products and services sold to the federal government and U.S. military. Blind and visually impaired associates play an important role in all aspects of BISM's Ability One BSC operations.

Andrews Ability One BSC manager Michael Backstrom, Jay McWhite, and blind associates Keith Tyson and Marcus Taylor, are looking forward to meeting Andrews personnel and can be reached at 301-599-0316.

BISM, a not-for-profit organization, offers comprehensive rehabilitation programs and services, along with diverse employment opportunities, for blind and visually impaired people of all ages. To learn more about Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, visit