The last of the McGhee band of brothers will retire this month, ending a combined 125 years of service to those who serve.
Western Region Retail Program Specialist John McGhee’s retirement marks the end of service for the four McGhee brothers, three of whom completed careers at the Exchange.
Not only did the brothers serve those who serve, but military spouse and matriarch Billi McGhee, joined an AAFES Foodland in 1973 at a tiny Army installation in Wildflecken, Germany.
In 1979, Billi’s husband and McGhee patriarch, Julian McGhee, joined AAFES.
A 30-year Army Veteran, McGhee had completed two tours of duty each during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served 10 years as a retail manager for Military Clothing Sales.
It’s a strange feeling being the last McGhee to work at the Exchange.
— John McGhee
Stan to Tim
Oldest brother Stan McGhee began the Exchange legacy and his three brothers quickly followed:
Stan joined the Exchange in 1970 as a cashier at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Stan served 37 years before retiring in 2007.
Pat McGhee joined the Exchange in 1978 as a vending routeman. He served 38 years, retiring as general manager at JB Lewis-McChord in 2016.
John began at the Exchange in 1982 as an hourly employee
in Germany. He is retiring
Tim was the last McGhee brother to join the Exchange in 1994. Tim is an Air Force Veteran who served during the Gulf War and Operation Just Cause in Panama. Tim left the Exchange in 2002 for a medical career.
One more McGhee
But never fear, one McGhee still serves at the Exchange: John’s wife, Contracting Officer Mina McGhee.