Military Spouse Has Holiday Bill Paid Off at Tinker Exchange

Exchange shopper Anita Armstrong, second from left, and General Manager Vanessa Rowland take scissors to Armstrong’s MILITARY STAR bill, which the Exchange Credit Program paid in full during a sweepstakes. Joining are, far left, are Armstrong’s husband, retired Tech Sgt. Michael Armstrong; and, far right, Exchange Vice President, Credit Operations, Tommy Ward.


Exchange Sweepstakes Grand-Prize Winner’s $5,718 MILITARY STAR® Bill Paid in Full

TINKER AFB, Okla. –Anita Armstrong’s holiday purchases at the Tinker Air Force Base Exchange in November were special because she was shopping for her nine grandchildren.

She never dreamed her purchase was special in a different way—it was one in 6 million.

Armstrong’s purchase was among 6 million entries in the MILITARY STAR® fifth annual Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes, in which five lucky military shoppers have their entire holiday bill paid in full.

“I was glad I was sitting down when we got the call,” said Armstrong’s husband, retired Tech. Sgt. Michael Armstrong, who served in the Air Force for 20 years.

‘It was a great Christmas’

Central Region Senior Vice President Marla Smith and Exchange Vice President, Credit Operations, Tommy Ward, presented the Armstrongs with an oversized check for $5,718.17—their account balance—during a Feb. 28 ceremony.

Left to right, Central Region Exchange Senior Vice President, Marla Smith; retired Tech. Sgt. Michael Armstrong; winner Anita Armstrong; Exchange Vice President, Credit Operations, Tommy Ward; and General Manager Vanessa Rowland celebrate the valued military spouse winning the Exchange Credit Program’s Your Holiday Bill is on Us sweepstakes.

The gifts they bought for their nine grandchildren helped the Armstrongs to celebrate the holidays with their entire family.

“We were lucky enough that all our kids and grandchildren were able to be in the city at the same time,” Armstrong said. “It was a great Christmas.”

“I was glad I was sitting down when we got the call.”

-Retired Tech. Sgt. Michael Armstrong,
the winner’s husband

The Armstrongs, who live in Oklahoma City, often browse the Exchange whenever they are waiting for a prescription to be filled next door, typically restocking on household supplies and vitamins. They enjoy the savings on bigger items, too, like their washer and refrigerator.

“Can’t beat the prices, plus you don’t have to pay taxes,” Armstrong said.

Honor to thank shoppers 

The Armstrongs turn to for an even greater selection.

“It’s an honor for the Exchange to thank shoppers like Anita and Michael for their service to our country,” Ward said. “We truly have the best customers in the world because our customers are our heroes.”

During November and December, shoppers automatically earned an entry in the Your Holiday Bill Is on Us Sweepstakes every time they used their MILITARY STAR cards at any military exchange,, or at the commissaries. The Exchange collaborated with the Navy Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, Coast Guard Exchange and the Defense Commissary Agency to sponsor the sweepstakes.

The MILITARY STAR card is an exclusive line of credit for service members and their families to use at exchanges and commissaries – no matter where they serve.

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