Archive for June, 2013

Exchange Teams With Pepsi, Frito Lay for $15,000 Summer Sweepstakes

Friday, June 28th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-039
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2013

DALLAS – Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers will have a shot at winning a $1,000 shopping spree this summer courtesy of the Exchange and Pepsi/Frito Lay.

From June 28 to July 25, shoppers can enter at any Exchange store for the chance to win one of 15 $1,000 gift cards redeemable at any Exchange store or online at www.shopmyexchange.com.

“Summer shopping is an American institution, and what better way to do it than while helping the excellent morale, recreation and welfare programs supported by the Exchange?” said the Exchange’s Senior Listed Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “Giving customers the opportunity to knock out their summer shopping for free at the Exchange is yet another example of how we give back to the military community and sweeten the deal for our customers.”

Winners will be picked by random drawing on or around Sept. 6. No purchase is required to enter. Entrants must be 18 or older with a valid driver’s license.

To find an Exchange location near you, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeStores.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2132 or hammetc@aafes.com. 

Exchange Offers Independence Day Fuel Savings for MILITARY STAR Card Users

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-038
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2013

DALLAS – Summer savings are an American tradition, and Military StarTM  Card users can get the full benefit of our nation’s independence by saving on gas expenses at Army and Air Force Exchange Service Express locations this Fourth of July.

Any fuel purchase made with a Military StarTM Card at Express locations from July 1 to July 4 will be reduced by 10 cents per gallon.

“Many service members and families are stationed far away from friends and relatives with whom they might want to spend the July 4 holiday,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “Many of them choose to travel by vehicle, and any reduction in travel expenses is important in this time of high gas prices.”

Military Star TM Card users also enjoy a discount of five cents per gallon discount on all fuel purchases and a 10 percent discount on all Exchange food court purchases year-round.

For information about the features and benefits of the Military Star TM Card, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeCredit.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2132 or hammetc@aafes.com.

Exchange Joins in 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program

Friday, June 21st, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-037
RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2013

DALLAS – In recognition of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s participation in the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull received a certificate of proclamation and commemorative flag in a ceremony June 18 at Fort Belvoir.

Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, former Chairman of the Exchange Board of Directors and Army Staff Lead for the Interagency Advisory Group on the Department of Defense’s 50th Commemoration, presented Shull with the proclamation and flag.

“Just like our warfighters today, those fighting in Vietnam were doing multiple tours and, frankly, we didn’t welcome them home the way we should have,” said Mason. “Now, we are finally doing the right thing in honoring these Veterans and I want to thank Tom and the Exchange for taking on this mission.”

The 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program is designed for agencies to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families. Commemorative Partners participate by planning and conducting events and activities that recognize Vietnam Veterans and their families for service, valor and sacrifice.

From Ho Chi Minh to Hue, the Exchange’s presence in Vietnam brought a taste of home to those serving in the war. The Exchange continues to carry out its “We Go Where You Go” mission to this day as there are currently 35 Exchanges providing support to Soldiers and Airmen in Afghanistan.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

Exchange Credit Card Fees Impact Entire Military Community

Monday, June 17th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-036
RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2013

DALLAS – Military shoppers patronizing their local Exchange probably don’t give a second thought as to which credit card to use at checkout. What they may not be aware of, however, is that the use of bank-issued cards at the Exchange ultimately costs the military community millions annually.

Last year alone, bank-issued card processing expenses at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities sapped more than $86 million from the Exchange and, in turn, critical funds that could be used for morale, welfare and recreation programs.

One way military families can help reduce costs and strengthen their Exchange benefit is to take advantage of the Exchange’s exclusive MILITARY STAR® Card. Unlike bank cards, profits generated from the MILITARY STAR® Card are shared with military communities through contributions to the military service’s quality-of-life funds.

“Using the MILITARY STAR® Card is one of the easiest ways for troops to directly impact their Exchange and morale, welfare and recreation benefits,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson “Reducing these unnecessary expenses can go a long way in maximizing the dividend the Exchange annually returns to the military community.”

The MILITARY STAR® Card is accepted at all Army and Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Exchange activities, as well as the Exchange Catalog and the Exchange Online store at www.shopmyexchange.com.

Authorized exchange shoppers can learn more about the MILITARY STAR® Card by visiting www.shopmyexchange.com and clicking “Credit Services.”

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

Exchange Offers Fifteen ‘Grand’ Prizes

Friday, June 14th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Conner Hammett
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-035
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2013

DALLAS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will ease the burden of back-to-school shopping for 15 lucky shoppers during the Unilever “Salute to Clean” sweepstakes.

Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 gift card, redeemable at any Exchange location worldwide or online at www.shopmyexchange.com. The drawing will be held on or around Aug. 22, just in time for students to coordinate their closets and stock up on supplies for the first day of class.

“Back-to-school season often brings its share of stresses, the least of which are financial,” said the Exchange’s Senior Listed Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “An extra grand can really make the difference for families looking to make the grade this school year without breaking the bank.”

Customers can fill out and drop off entry forms at any Exchange location through July 11. To find an Exchange location near you, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeStores.

No purchase is required to enter. Entrants must be 18 or older with a valid driver’s license.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2132 or hammetc@aafes.com. 

A penny saved is a penny earned on Father’s Day Exchange restaurants

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: SSG Mark Matthews
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-034
RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2013

DALLAS – Father’s Day is the perfect time of year to express to dad how much he and his advice is appreciated. Children of all ages can demonstrate that dad’s advice to watch the bottom line was taken to heart by visiting an Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurant on Father’s Day, where using a MILITARY STAR® Card will take 20 percent off the bill.

“I love to save money whenever and however I can,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “The Exchange offers 10 percent off for diners every day when they use their MILITARY STAR®. This Father’s Day they can save even more, which will make any dad proud.”     

In addition to getting more for less at the food court, MILITARY STAR® Card holders receive exclusive savings at the pump with a five cents a gallon discount every time they fuel up at Army and Air Force gas stations. In addition to the everyday savings, steeper discounts are offered periodically throughout the year.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Staff Sgt. Mark Matthews, 214-312-4273 or matthewsmb@aafes.com.

Exchange Transitioning to Rip-Stop Airman Battle Uniform

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Ward
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-033
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2013

DALLAS – As the Air Force transitions from the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to the Rip-Stop Airman Battle Uniform (RABU), the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will no longer be able to order the ABU once the Defense Logistics Agency’s stock is depleted and will sell only the RABU.

“While the ABUs will still be authorized for wear, they will not be carried in Exchange Military Clothing Stores as the RABU will completely replace the older, heavier ABU,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson.

The RABU is a lighter, nylon/cotton blend that has been available for Airmen at Military Clothing Stores since June, 2012. The RABU is also cooler than the ABU and features a wrinkle-resistant finish.

Military members can access the Exchange’s Military Clothing Store at www.shopmyexchange.com by clicking “Military Clothing Store” under the Store Locator link at the bottom of the page or locate the nearest Military Clothing brick and mortar location through the Store Locator link at http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeStores/.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.