Soon after Prince Sultan AB opened in July, the Exchange brought trucks loaded with merchandise a few times a week. Now, this new Exchange makes the lives of troops deployed far from home more comfortable.


When a new U.S. military installation opens, the Exchange is sure to be close behind.

Soon after Prince Sultan Air Base opened in Saudi Arabia in July, the Exchange began bringing rodeos—box trucks fitted with Exchange merchandise—a few times a week to the troops assigned there, while working toward opening a larger retail location.

On Dec. 19, the Exchange celebrated the grand opening of a full contingency store, where Airmen and the military community can shop for snacks and toiletries in a 4,000-square-foot tent.

“The Exchange’s mission is to go where Warfighters go,” said Col. Scott McFarland, the Exchange’s Europe/Southwest Asia commander. “When our heroes are serving far from home, it’s important for the Exchange to be there to provide little comforts and necessities that make life better.”

The Prince Sultan Exchange offers  snacks and protein, such as beef jerky, as well as energy drinks and nutritional supplements. Airmen can also buy charging cords for mobile devices and gaming consoles.

“The Exchange is honored to provide a taste of home to the community at Prince Sultan Air Base,” McFarland said.

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  1. Lucy Zick on December 23, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I’m sure the troops greatly appreciate the exchange being there. I always liked how the Army soldiers never hesitated to help unload our trucks or vans when we were working the MFE’s. They are a blessing!

    • Steve Smith on December 30, 2019 at 2:45 pm


      Thank you for writing to your Exchange Post!

      Let’s keep the conversation going! Does anybody else want to share their thoughts about the Exchange’s service to the troops in Saudi Arabia?

      If so, type your thoughts in the comment box and hit enter.

      Oh, c’mon . . . we want to read them!

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

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