As we near the Exchange's 124th anniversary on July 25, let's see how our stores have changed throughout the years.

Maybe your Exchange is in this gallery. Hover the mouse over each image to read more.


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  1. Mike Bixby on July 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    This is priceless for those interested in the history thru pictures of the Exchange. Great job in putting it together..

    • Steve Smith on July 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Mr. Bixby:

      Thank you very much for writing to your Exchange Post.

      If you want to see more than 700 historical pictures of us in action, check out the searchable, downloadable Exchange History Flickr album that I created.

      Your name rings a bell. You were GM in Operation Desert Storm/Shield, right? Or was it the Balkans? If you have any historical pictures you’d like to send me to include in the album, please do. Please send them as jpegs and not reduced in size to

      In fact, if anybody out there has historical Exchange photos, send them to me so I can include them in the Flickr album.

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

  2. Johnny C. Spaulding on July 18, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Great pics. My first job was with AAFES 1966 at Itazuke Air Base , near Fukuoka Japan. I was 15 and every summer worked at the gas station. Today I’m at AAFES RAF Mildenhall UK. at a young 68 years of age. Great memories of the past with AAFES. Thanks for the memories.

    • Steve Smith on July 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Mr. Spaulding:

      Thank you so much for writing to your Exchange Post. If you have any historical images of the post exchanges during your military career, please send them to me,

      Let’s keep the conversation going! Who else out there would like to comment about our post exchanges from the past? Type your thoughts in the comment box and hit enter.

      C’mon . . . we want to hear from you.

      If you also have historical images of our exchanges, please send them to me, too, at

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

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