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125 Years of Family Serving Family – Lisa Piper, Main Store Manager, Goodfellow AFB

By Marisa Conner / July 29, 2020 /

One in a series honoring the Exchange’s 125 years of family serving family Shortly after her 18th birthday, Lisa Piper’s Air Force retiree father took her to the Exchange for some holiday shopping and asked on his daughter’s behalf if they were hiring. After a quick interview, Piper was hired on the spot for seasonal…

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The Exchange at 125: At One Time, the Exchange Couldn’t Sell TVs or Computers

By Steve Smith / July 28, 2020 /

Once upon a time, shoppers couldn’t find televisions or computers for sale anywhere in the Exchanges. Since 1949, the House Armed Services Committee and Department of Defense have regulated what the Exchange can sell. In 1986, the committee gave the Exchange permission to sell computers in 130 computer shops worldwide, which became known as “PowerZones”…

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Watch Now! Numbers Tell the Tale of Serving Those Who Serve

By Loyd Brumfield / July 28, 2020 /

The numbers tell the story of how the Exchange serves military communities around the world. Watch the latest “by the numbers” video here, and see how associates’ efforts make a tangible difference to Soldiers, Airmen, families and Veterans. Catch more ways to celebrate on our 125th anniversary portal and the community Hub.

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125 Years of Family Serving Family – Steven Garcia, freight rate tech, Logistics Directorate, HQ

By Steve Smith / July 28, 2020 /

One in a series honoring the Exchange’s 125 years of family serving family Because of his lineage at the Exchange, Steven Garcia of the Logistics Directorate brings a unique perspective to family serving family. Dating back to the mid-1960s, nearly a dozen family members have worked for the Exchange and some are even working now.…

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The Exchange at 125: Welcoming Hostages Freed from Iran

By Loyd Brumfield / July 28, 2020 /

On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian college students, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 American staff members who worked there hostage. The hostages were freed on Jan. 20, 1981, after 444 days of captivity. Three days later, associates at Germany’s Hainerberg shopping center greeted them as they…

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125 Years of Family Serving Family – Casandra Winbush, Real Estate, HQ

By Marisa Conner / July 27, 2020 /

One in a series honoring the Exchange’s 125 years of family serving family Casandra Winbush has worked for the Exchange for 19 years, but her connection to the organization goes much further back. Her father, Sgt. Maj. Earl Schlarb, served as the Exchange’s Europe Senior Enlisted Advisor from 1979 to 1981. Years later, he and…

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The Exchange at 125: A Pachyderm at the PX

By Loyd Brumfield / July 27, 2020 /

Did an elephant once work at a post exchange? Well, yes. And he got paid in bananas and bread. In 1944, the PX officer of the Southeast Asia Command headquarters during World War II moved a 2,600-pound electric refrigerator into a PX in India with the help of some Soldiers and an elephant named Karunavathi.…

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Interactive Tabloid Brings BE FIT Community Together

By Loyd Brumfield / July 27, 2020 /

Every summer the Exchange celebrates the BE FIT lifestyle with the release of a specialty sales tabloid dedicated to keeping fit. This year, COVID-19 concerns caused Corporate Communications team members to pivot—and the result is an interactive solution putting BE FIT merchandise and tips at the military community’s fingertips. The final product is a 14-page,…

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The Exchange at 125: Who Remembers the ‘AAFES Burger?’

By Steve Smith / July 24, 2020 /

The Exchange’s foray into name-brand restaurants came in 1977 when Baskin-Robbins opened its famous ice-cream shop at Edwards AFB, Calif. In 1984, Burger King became the first name-brand burger restaurant to join the AAFES family, opening 185 BKs throughout the world on Army and Air Force installations. The first one was at Ansbach, Germany. Other…

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The Exchange at 125: For 65 Years, We Have Provided Nutritious School Lunches

By Steve Smith / July 24, 2020 /

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service dished up its first school lunches back in 1955 when school cafeterias opened on military installations in the United Kingdom. In 1980, the Exchange was designated the sole school feeding authority for the Army and Air Force. In 2019, the Exchange served 2.6 million meals in 76 Department…

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