Exchange Drives Away With People’s Choice Prize at Great American Trucking Show

DALLAS – For the second straight year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service drove home with the Pride & Polish Best in Show People’s Choice award at the annual Great American Trucking Show.

Bradley Wacks, an Exchange motor vehicle operator who was recently inducted into the National Private Truck Council’s Driver Hall of Fame, accepted the award on behalf of the Department of Defense’s largest retailer during a ceremony Aug. 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The trucking show attracts thousands of visitors, who vote for their favorite tractor-trailer on display.

The Exchange’s winning truck salutes our Nation’s Veterans and serves as a rolling billboard, reminding all who served honorably that they can now shop their military exchanges online at—tax-free for life with military-exclusive pricing.

“Winning Best in Show is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Col. Douglas Vallejo, the Exchange’s deputy director for Logistics. “This truck—and this award—is dedicated to all of those who serve and sacrifice. It is truly a privilege to ‘Go Where You Go.’”

The truck also won second place in the Combo, New Truck category in the Pride & Polish class judging. The Pride & Polish competition honors excellence and creativity in the trucking industry. This is the third year the Exchange has participated in the contest and show, which is in its 19th year.

The winning truck will soon hit the road, bringing merchandise to Exchanges throughout the upper Midwest.

“This truck reinforces the Exchange commitment to welcoming home Veterans,” Vallejo said. “It is such an honor to serve them.”

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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