Change in prices

By Pfc. Abel Trevino
28th Public Affairs Detachment

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — The steamy delicacy of pepperoni, sausage or just plain cheese pizza has been a delight to those stationed at LSA Anaconda, but it just got lighter, for the Soldier's wallet that is.

"It's the same pizza. It's the same product, just cheaper," said Hector Ortiz, manager of the movie theater.

The price of pizzas was $9 for pepperoni or sausage and $8 for a cheese pizza, with Monday specials selling any pizza for $6.

"The new price is $7 for pepperoni and sausage pizzas and $6 for a cheese pizza," Ortiz said. "On Monday, the new pizza special will be $5 for any pizza."

Monday is the slowest day of the week, Ortiz explained, and the special is geared toward drawing more people to the movie theater.

The change in prices came about during early August, when the Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials toured the installation and found a way to create a better deal for Soldiers.

"During a recent visit, the AAFES European commander was looking through the facilities and met with (Brig.) Gen. Chambers. She wanted to bring a better value to the troops, so she met with [him] to discuss the price of the pizza," Ortiz said. "When she got back to her headquarters, she met with the [food resource managers] and they ran the numbers."

This move to create a less expensive, much desired, product for Soldiers comes at no expense to the customer. Although no other movie munchies are scheduled for a price reduction, the theater does offer combination deals that can save between 20 and 25 percent on the cost of snacks, Ortiz said.

The quality of the products did not lower with the price.

"It's the same ingredients as Anthony's Pizza," Ortiz said. "The only difference is that in order to get it here, they have to freeze it."

With a lower price for the same product, the hot pizza is a deal Soldiers can bite into.

Editor's Note: Pfc. Trevino is assigned to the 28th Public Affairs Detachment from Fort Lewis, Wash. He is currently deployed to Iraq in support of the 13th Corps Support Command at LSA Anaconda.