Archive for January, 2015

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Earns 2015 Diversity Leader Award

Monday, January 26th, 2015

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a Diversity Leader Award winner from Profiles in Diversity Journal for 2015, emphasizing the Exchange’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Exchange was one of only 19 large organizations—those with 3,000 associates or more—to be honored in the seventh-annual competition.  Organizations were evaluated on employee engagement, advancement opportunities, board composition, workplace recognition, community engagement and more.

“A diverse and inclusive workforce allows the Exchange to better carry out its mission of serving military members and their families around the world,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward, Exchange deputy director. “The Exchange embraces the value of diversity not only in our associates but in our customer base as well.”

The Exchange and other winners are featured in the magazine’s most recent issue, November/December 2014.   

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. 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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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 Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

Exchange Resolves To Promote Healthy Lifestyles for 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

DALLAS – For many, the dawning of a new year is a time to focus on health and fitness. In fact, nearly one-third of Americans who make new year’s resolutions focus on health and fitness, according to the Cooper Clinic. From low-calorie meals in the food court and Expresses to the latest workout gear in the Main Store, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to ensure Soldiers, Airmen and their families have a healthy new year.  

In the Main Store, military shoppers will find a broad selection of products to encourage a healthy lifestyle as part of the Exchange’s BE FIT program. BE FIT promotes a healthier body and mind through good-for-you products and services.

“Soldiers and Airmen must be mission-ready in body, mind and spirit,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange knows it’s crucial to provide the tools necessary to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Military shoppers who want a bite to eat without ruining their resolutions can turn to healthy options at the Exchange food court. In December, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen launched Exchange-exclusive salads. The new blackened chicken entrée salad, at 300 calories and only 14 grams of fat, includes a colorful medley of vegetables. A new smaller side salad also features the same vegetable medley but with only 25 calories and 0 grams of fat. Popeyes, which operates at 75 Exchange locations, also offers its Louisiana Live Well menu with 20 items, all 350 calories or less.  

In 2014, the Exchange opened Boston Market locations at Fort Bliss and Fort Meade, giving service members and their families traditional, homestyle meals. Boston Market’s menu also offers more than 100 different meal combinations totaling 550 calories or less.

Subway, with nearly 200 Exchange locations, is the first fast-food restaurant to earn the American Heart Association heart check for heart-healthy meals, dishes out fresh fare, too. Subway Fresh Fit® choices are certified by the American Heart Association and include eight subs with 6 grams of fat or less.

When dining at one of the Exchange’s 175 Burger King locations, service members can take advantage of an online Build-a-Meal menu that reveals nutrition facts for various meal combinations. Burger King also allows diners to select a side salad instead of fries for the same price and offers 10 menu items less than 500 calories. The Exchange also operates 50 Pizza Huts and 75 Taco Bell locations, which offer a variety of resolution-worthy initiatives.

Military shoppers can also fill up on healthy choices at 330 Express locations. Snack Avenue offers fresh salads with less than 300 calories, chilled fruit cups and oatmeal. The Fresh Fruit program, which has been in operation for several years, offers bananas, apples, oranges and other options in Express locations. Exchange Expresses offer customers a wide array of meal replacement options such as PowerBar, Clif Bar, Quest and Kind Bars, all available in assorted flavors.

“Offering fresh, healthy snacks and meals in a convenient location helps Soldiers and Airmen make smart choices on the go,” Applegate said. “The Express makes it easy to grab a healthy snack and go.” 

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. 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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

New Exchange Extra App Puts Savings and More at Shoppers’ Fingertips

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

DALLAS – With the swipe of a finger, military shoppers can launch a brand-new way to connect with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service through its free Exchange Extra app.

The app gives shoppers quick access to information on the latest Exchange promotions, contests, coupons, BE FIT information and more. The free app is available at the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices.85381_Counter Card.indd

Once the app is downloaded, shoppers can scroll through for coupons and contest information. Touching the “Promotions” button brings up a list of special Exchange savings. The “BE FIT” button gives shoppers access to workouts and healthy recipes to keep them motivated to achieve their fitness goals. 

To access more digital content, including videos, product information and shopping lists, shoppers can touch the “Scan” button and hover over select images in Exchange specialty catalogs and on in-store signs. A colorful Extra label identifies what pages and signs are tied to digital content.

For Valentine’s Day, Easter and other celebrations throughout the year, customers can tap the app for recipes and other specialized content to enhance their shopping experience. 

“This app brings a whole new dimension to connecting with the Exchange,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “With the Extra app, shoppers receive latest savings anywhere, any time on their smartphones.” 

To find the app, shoppers should search for “Exchange Extra” on the App Store or Google Play.  

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. 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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

 

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 Media Notes:

 For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Offers Full-Service Refueling to Drivers With Disabilities

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, with the support of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is adding a new system to gas stations on military installations worldwide to make it easier for drivers with disabilities to receive full-service fueling with the push of a button.

In 2014, after a request from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Duckworth, the Department of Defense authorized $1.12 million for installing FuelCall assistance systems at military service stations. All told, 370 facilities on Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide will receive FuelCall, which allows drivers with disabilities to contact associates inside the store for assistance at the pump through an oversized call button instead of honking their horn or flashing their headlights to get an attendant’s attention. The call button can be reached through the driver’s side window, so the driver can press it without exiting the vehicle, which can be difficult and dangerous.

FP1 “All persons with disabilities, including thousands of returning veterans, active service members, as well as military families with physical disabilities, understand the difficulty of filling up their tanks at gas stations that are supposedly accessible,” said Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost the use of her legs and partial use of her right arm after her helicopter was hit by an RPG in 2004.

 “We must do better. The ability to drive independently is key to the American lifestyle,” Duckworth said. “Ensuring that disabled Americans can consistently and safely refuel their vehicles is critical to their ability to live independent and fulfilling lives. I applaud AAFES and the Department of Defense for their leadership on this issue, and I hope it serves as an example for gas station owners throughout our country.”

 So far, 16 Army & Air Force Express stations, including locations at Scott Air Force Base, Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade, have installed FuelCall. Thirty-eight additional locations are scheduled to begin offering the service in January. Plans call for the system to be added to 215 Express locations in the U.S. and overseas by May.

When an Express location equipped with the system has more than one associate on duty, motorists with a disability license plate or placard may have their gas pumped for them. Signs clearly identify what pump islands have the system and list the hours the service is available.

Making gas stations accessible to drivers with disabilities is a priority,” said Exchange Real Estate Vice President Michael Smietana. “This system allows wounded warriors and others with disabilities to easily get assistance at the pump without frustration.”

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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 Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

Exchange’s 2015 ‘Because of You’ Program Kicks Off With Contest Valued At $17,000

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

DALLAS – To recognize the unique contributions our military makes, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is hosting a yearlong “Because of You” program, with new prizes each month.

The program kicks off with a chance to win a $10,000, $5,000 or $2,000 Exchange gift card. Authorized Exchange shoppers can enter the Proud to Serve essay contest between Jan. 9 and Jan. 31 by writing an essay of 300 words or less detailing why they are proud to serve.

Essays can be submitted to BecauseOfYou@aafes.com with “Why I Serve” in the subject line.

“Because of the sacrifices of military members and their families, Americans enjoy freedom,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The ‘Because of You’ program allows the Exchange to express gratitude for everything service members and their families do for this country.”

Proud to Serve essay contest winners will be notified no later than Feb. 19. Complete rules can be found at www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes or at www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. 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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

With Sweepstakes, Exchange Makes It Pay To Receive Electronic Credit Statements

Monday, January 5th, 2015

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it pay to go paperless for 100 lucky military shoppers who sign up to receive electronic statements from the Exchange Credit Program. 85663_Paperless_8.5x11_INSERT

During the “Going Paperless Pays” sweepstakes, cardholders who switch from traditional paper statements to electronic versions from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31 will be automatically entered to win a $50 credit on their bill. Eligible lines of credit include the MILITARY STAR® Gold card, Military Clothing plan and TAKE IT HOME TODAY ™. Throughout the sweepstakes period, 100 account holders will receive the credit. Only one sweepstakes entry per account is allowed. 

“Accessing statements online reduces clutter and conserves paper while decreasing the risk of having account information lost or stolen in the mail,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “And it’s beneficial to cardholders as the new MyECP.com site allows them to more easily manage their account, track spending and schedule payments.”

Cardholders can register for electronic statements by logging into their account at MyECP.com and selecting “Yes, please email” under “Update Contact Information” located on the “Tools” menu.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. 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 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO. 

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.