Associates and customers around the world are celebrating the Exchange’s 124th anniversary of serving those we love—Soldiers, Airmen, their families, retirees and Veterans.
As the Department of Defense’s largest retailer, the Exchange has a deep commitment to taking care of Warfighters, no matter where their mission takes them.
“The work you do each day matters,” Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull told associates during an anniversary ceremony at headquarters. “This steadfast and loyal team keeps the 124-year-old shopping benefit alive and well.”
Shull celebrated the Exchange’s successes in 2018, including:
- Supporting more than 155,000 Warfighters during military exercises and operations at the tip of the spear.
- Serving Veterans through their online shopping benefit.
- Taking care of Tyndall Air Force Base after a devastating hurricane.
Performance in 2019 is strong, too, Shull said, noting that earnings are nearly $19.3 million above plan.
Strategic initiatives, including welcoming home all disabled Veterans with brick-and-mortar privileges on Jan. 1, expanding wellness services and committing to working with the Army and Air Force on a campus-style dining program, will keep the Exchange benefit strong for future generations of Warfighters, families, retirees and Veterans.
“Here’s to another fantastic year of serving those who serve,” Shull said. “It’s an honor to serve with each of you.”
View the celebrations on Facebook Live.
View a 124th anniversary video from Afghanistan’s Bagram AB.
July 26, 1948
The day the Army Exchange Service became the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. In September 1947, the U.S. Air Force was created.