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Exchange Director/CEO Named to Reserve Officers Association’s Minuteman Hall of Fame

DALLAS – For dedicated and transformative support of America’s Reserve Components, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull will be inducted into the Reserve Officer Association’s Minuteman Hall of Fame on Sept. 29 during the group’s annual convention in Omaha, Neb.

ROA is the only national organization solely dedicated to advocating for all Reservists and supporting their role in our Nation’s national defense. The Minuteman Hall of Fame award, among the highest honor from ROA, recognizes those who contribute to the advancement of ROA programs and objectives.

“This a tremendous honor, one that’s shared with the entire Exchange team worldwide,” said Shull, the first civilian to lead the Department of Defense’s largest retailer. “Everyone who wears our Nation’s uniform deserves our respect and support. Strengthening benefits represents the ultimate test of our Nation’s character and commitment to take care of those who take care of us.”

Shull earned this year’s award for the Exchange’s sustained support of American’s citizen-warriors, including serving Guard and Reserve with mobile field Exchanges—53-foot-long trailers stocked with supplies, hygiene items, cold drinks and tastes of home during deployments in austere locations and premiere training exercises here at home.

“It is truly a privilege to honor Tom for his passion in supporting our citizen-warriors,” said ROA President Donald Stockton, a retired Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel. “Tom and the Exchange team have been all in for us. No matter where the Reserve goes, we can count on the Exchange to be there with great support.”

The Exchange also supported disaster relief efforts after 2017’s devastating hurricane season; helped broker a change to allow Army National Guard and Reserve service members to buy uniforms at the Exchange online; and brought tax-free online shopping at ShopMyExchange.com to all honorably discharged Veterans.

“After 15 years at war, now is the time to go all in for those who so bravely sacrifice for our country,” Shull said. “The price paid by those who came before us is too high to do anything less.”

100 percent of Exchange earnings support service members and families, including a dividend to military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange has provided more than $21.5 billion in support.

Previous Minuteman Hall of Fame recipients include Presidents Truman and Kennedy, Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Gen. Creighton Abrams and Bob Hope.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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