Archive for June, 2015

Ride Into Summer on a New Harley with Exchange Sweepstakes

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

DALLAS – Military shoppers can ride in style this summer with a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Dr Pepper in the Refresh-Win-Ride Sweepstakes.

From July 3 through 31, authorized shoppers worldwide can enter to win one of two 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eights valued at $11,900 each. 

“There aren’t many things more fun than a new Harley,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “This is a great way to kick start the summer off right.”

No purchase is necessary to enter and entrants do not need to be present to win. Prize drawings will take place on or about Aug. 14. 

To enter, shoppers can visit harley.exchangeentry.com.  

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htmor 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 Amanda Hargett-Granato, 214-312-6048 or hargettgranatoam@aafes.com.

Fast-Acting Offutt Exchange Associate Aids Fellow Worker After Life-Threatening Scare

Friday, June 26th, 2015

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is known for its mission to serve troops worldwide. But, this spring, an Offutt Air Force Base Exchange associate made it his duty to serve a fellow associate after a life-threatening, on-the-job health scare.

18495716823_89c417ebc0While at her cubicle in the administration area of the Main Exchange, Linda McQueen, the Exchange general manager’s office assistant, suffered a blood clot in her sinus cavity, a rare condition called sinus thrombosis. The clot caused her to have a seizure, and as McQueen’s body stiffened, she hit her neck on the edge of her desk and collapsed.

McQueen fell face-first and landed under her desk with her head covered by a box. She began to shake. She couldn’t respond, but she could hear the commotion going on around her after she fell.

“I wasn’t sure what my body was doing,” McQueen said. “I heard a huge bang—it was like a bomb. Apparently, that was me.”

From his desk close by, Hal Ergin, Exchange Human Resources learning manager, heard other associates scream for help. Ergin sprang into action. As another associate dialed 911, Ergin swiftly pulled McQueen from under her desk. He turned her face forward, to aid her breathing, and cradled her head in his lap, offering words of comfort.

“I was shocked, but instinct kicked in,” Ergin said. “I held her hand until she responded. It was just a few minutes, but it felt like a year.”

Offutt’s emergency medical technicians responded to the 911 call, and Ergin provided vital details, which aided the team treating McQueen. She was taken to an Omaha hospital, where she recovered from brain swelling, head trauma and hemorrhaging. Doctors told her she was lucky that Ergin had helped her so quickly—McQueen’s condition is rare and typically causes fatal strokes. 

“I got a second chance,” McQueen said. “God was looking out for me that day. And so was Hal. He was my angel.”

Though she is still recovering, McQueen returned to the Exchange to work full time. 

Because of Ergin’s quick actions, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor, presented him with his coin during a recent visit to Offutt. 

“I believe anyone in my shoes would have done the same thing,” Ergin said. “The important thing is that Linda is still with us and she’s OK.”

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htmor 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.

Americans Can Send a Service Member Something Extra this Fourth of July

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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DALLAS – This Fourth of July Americans can celebrate their independence by giving back to those who defend it for them with an Army & Air Force Exchange Service gift card.

Exchange gift cards can be sent to Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines deployed to Afghanistan, Kuwait and other contingency locations to redeem through the Department of Defense’s largest exchange service.

These cards can be used by service members and their families for all the products they have available at home in the US, such as electronics, apparel, food and drinks. With nearly $1.5 million donated since 2008, Exchange gift cards have proven to be a popular way for the American public to show support for the Armed Forces.

“Having access to some comforts of home is very important for the over 150,000 service members stationed overseas,” said Army Col. Karen Fleming, the Exchange’s Deputy Director of logistics. “Exchange gift cards remind our troops that the American people want to take care of them while they work to protect our freedom.”

Redeeming an Exchange gift card is reserved for authorized military shoppers, however, any American can give their support by visiting www.shopmyexchange.com/scs/ and sending a card from as little as $10 up to $500.

The gift cards can be addressed to a specific Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine or sent to “any service member” through the Fisher House Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, Warrior and Family Support Center or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Clean Up with $15,000 in Prizes from the Exchange, Unilever

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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DALLAS – The time for spring cleaning may be over, but the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Unilever are starting summer off by giving away $15,000 in prizes with the Salute to Clean Sweepstakes.

Beginning June 19, military shoppers worldwide will have the opportunity to win one of 30 Exchange gift cards worth $500 by entering the contest at shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes.

“With summer beginning, an extra $500 is always good to have around,” said Army Col. Fabian Mendoza, the Exchange Command Engineer. “The prize should help make military shoppers’ summer plans even more enjoyable.”

No purchase is necessary to enter. The Salute to Clean Sweepstakes closes July 17, and prize drawings will occur on or about July 21.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Exchange Shoppers Can Win a Share of $25,000 with MILITARY STAR® Contest

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

DALLAS – To mark 120 years of support to America’s service members and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving military shoppers a chance at $25,000 in account credits with the MILITARY STAR® Because of You sweepstakes.

From July 1 to July 31, military shoppers will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes each time they use their MILITARY STAR® card to pay for purchases at any Army or Air Force Exchange location or on shopmyexchange.com. Each purchase counts as one entry.

One grand-prize winner will receive a $5,000 MILITARY STAR® account credit, and 20 first-prizes winners will receive $1,000 credits. If the winners’ balance is less than prize amount, the remainder will be added as a credit.

“As the Exchange celebrates 120 years of support, this sweepstakes is a way to thank service members and their families for shopping with us,” said Army Col. Fabian Mendoza, Exchange command engineer. “Just by using their MILITARY STAR® card, shoppers can take home their share of $25,000.”

The contest, sponsored by the Exchange Credit Program, is part of the Exchange’s Because of You campaign, a yearlong effort to recognize and reward service members for their sacrifice and dedication to America.

MILITARY STAR® Because of You sweepstakes winners will be announced on or about
Sept. 30. This sweepstakes offer applies only to the MILITARY STAR® card Gold line of credit.

 

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htmor 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 Water Plant in Germany Receives Perfect Score on Annual Audit

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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DALLAS – A recent audit of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Water Plant in Gruenstadt, Germany, shows military families in Europe enjoy some of the cleanest water around. The Exchange’s plant recently earned a 100 percent score on its annual NSF International audit. Of approximately 800 NSF audits conducted annually around the world, only around 10 percent receive a perfect score.

The May 5-6 audit evaluated the facility based on criteria including proper documentation and filling operations, food safety and defense, good manufacturing practices, sanitation, container manufacturing and storage as well as the state of the facility’s interior and exterior.

The hazard analysis and critical control points program, pest control program and customer evaluations are also key areas of the audit which are handled by Margret Knopf, a quality assurance supervisor at Exchange European Industrial Activities in Gruenstadt. Knopf is head of the quality control department, an on-site, independent certified laboratory used to verify the quality of products.

“With Maggy in the background we feel safe, secure and protected at all times,” said Sabine Adair, Water Plant Manager. “She is meticulous when it comes to complying with U.S. Army, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.”

The Germany plant has been open since 1996 and provides a simple taste of home for personnel stationed overseas. The plant isn’t alone either, with a smaller one in operation since 2002 in Vicenza, Italy, which produces 5 gallon bottles for home delivery. That plant scored a 99.4 percent on its audit conducted May 7.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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LastPass Users Encouraged to Change Passwords as Precaution

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

DALLAS –LastPass, an internet company that offers a way to centrally manage passwords, disclosed a data breach in which email addresses, password reminders and encrypted password hashes (digital fingerprint) were accessed.

Authorized shoppers who store information for shopmyexchange.com and MyECP.com accounts through LastPass should change their passwords for these accounts. 

LastPass reports they found no evidence of encrypted data taken or any LastPass user accounts accessed. LastPass believes that the data stored on their servers could not be used to facilitate a large compromise of account passwords.

LastPass advises users to change their master password if it was used as a password at other websites. They also recommend users enable multifactor authentication for added security. Multifactor Authentication protects accounts by requiring two forms of identification (Master Password + another optional form of identification) for access. 

For more information please see the LastPass Security Notice.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Exchange Sweepstakes Offers $2,500 in Prizes for Stories About Real-Life Superheroes

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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DALLAS – Service members know better than anyone that superheroes exist in real life. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Marvel, and Hasbro are giving military shoppers the opportunity to tell their stories for a chance at $2,500 in prizes with the “Who’s My Marvel Superhero and Why?” contest.

Through July 2, Exchange shoppers can submit an essay explaining which Marvel superhero their real-life hero is most like and why. Essays of 75 words or less accompanied by a photo can be sent to sweepstakes@aafes.com. Five contestants worldwide will each win a $500 Exchange gift card.

“Superheroes aren’t just the stuff of movies and comic books,” said Army Col. Fabian Mendoza, the Exchange Command Engineer. “Military shoppers know many real-life heroes, and I’m excited to see their stories.”

No purchase is necessary to enter. “Who’s My Marvel Superhero and Why?” contest winners will be announced on or about July 17.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Exchange Sweepstakes Offers Shoppers Chance to Win Two Smart Cars

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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DALLAS – Military shoppers can beat the heat this summer in a sweet ride as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Welch’s and Sour Jacks give away two Smart cars.

Beginning June 12, authorized shoppers worldwide can enter the Promotion in Motion Smart Car Giveaway, and two winners will each receive a Smart car valued at $15,000. Winners located outside of the continental United States will have the option of receiving the cash value of the car instead.

“This giveaway is a great opportunity for the Exchange to give back to military shoppers,” said Army Col. Fabian Mendoza, the Exchange Command Engineer. “It doesn’t get more exciting than a new car.”

The sweepstakes ends Aug. 13. No purchase is necessary to enter, and entrants do not need to be present to win. Prize drawings will occur on or about Aug. 20.

For a chance to win, shoppers can visit shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

 

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Exchange, Dickies to award $25,000 to American Hero of the Year

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

DALLAS – America’s heroes come in all forms, from the deployed active-duty service member to the retired veteran making a difference on the homefront. To honor those who serve, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Dickies will award an American Hero of the Year with $25,000.

All active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel and their family members are eligible to win a grand prize of $25,000 or one of four runner-up prizes of $1,000. Nominations can consist of a video less than five minutes, a photo and essay of up to 500 words or a standalone essay. The entries should detail how the nominee exemplifies hard work and determination, how they have shown courage in the face of adversity and what the nominee means to their family.

Entries will be accepted through July 18. Entrants can visit www.shopmyexchange.com/customer-service/BecauseOfYou and click on the Dickies American Hero of the Year logo to access an application.

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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.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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