Army and Air Force Exchange Service Unveils Updated Troop Store at Camp Gruber

From left: Camp Gruber Troop Store General Manager Charles Eaves, Store Manager Sarah Spears, Brig. Gen. Jon M. Harrison, director of the Joint Staff, Oklahoma National Guard, and Col. Brad Carter, Camp Gruber garrison commander, cut the ribbon during a grand reopening ceremony at the updated Camp Gruber Troop Store.

CAMP GRUBER TRAINING CENTER – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service unveiled an updated, 6,135-square-foot troop store during a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony  July 14 at Camp Gruber Training Center.

The renovated store offers an improved shopping experience for National Guard members, with a full Snack Avenue that features a coffee bar, grill, ICEE machine and soda fountains.

Col. Brad Carter, Camp Gruber garrison commander, and Brig. Gen. Jon M. Harrison, director of the Joint Staff of the Oklahoma National Guard, cut the ribbon on the updated store along with Exchange General Manager Charles Eaves and Store Manager Sarah Spears.

“We are excited for this fantastic renovation at Camp Gruber and look forward to all of our Soldiers and Airmen enjoying this superb facility,” Carter said. “The feedback we have already received has been tremendous. The relationship we have with AAFES is something we strongly value here at Camp Gruber and thank them for supporting this worthwhile endeavor.”

The troop store serves thousands of troops and Reservists who come through Camp Gruber from April to September.

“Now the Exchange is giving them a store they can be proud of,” Eaves said.

When National Guard members and reservists shop the Camp Gruber Exchange, they are making life better for all who wear the uniform. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities.

“It’s important to provide the Camp Gruber community with better resources and more food options while on the installation,” Eaves said. “The Exchange is dedicated to bringing safe, secure and sanitized shopping, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Camp Gruber Troop Store is in Building 135, Braggs, Okla. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Facebook-friendly version: National Guard Troops assigned to Camp Gruber Training Center celebrated the Exchange’s renovated Troop Store in a grand reopening ceremony July 14. The facility features a full coffee bar, ICEE machines, soda fountains and a wide variety of snack options. It is in Building 135, Braggs, Okla. Read more:

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