47,000 and Counting: Army & Air Force Exchange Service Nears Hiring Goal for Veterans, Military Spouses

DALLAS – As the Nation celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service remains committed to providing careers for the military community as it closes in on its goal of hiring 50,000 Veterans and military spouses.

Since 2013, the Exchange has hired more than 47,000 Veterans and military spouses. Today, approximately 85% of Exchange associates share a connection with the military.

Exchange Hiring Goals

Kris Cubacub, assistant store manager at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland BMT South Troop Store, has worked for the Exchange since 2013. Through the associate transfer program, he has moved twice with his wife, Air Force 1st Lt. Lauren Morales.

“Veterans and military spouses play a vital role in helping the Exchange fulfill its mission,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Working for the Exchange is a Quality-of-Life force multiplier for military families, with Veterans and spouses receiving hiring preference.”

The Exchange’s associate transfer program gives military spouses an opportunity to retain employment through PCSs, allowing them to keep their benefits.

Kris Cubacub, assistant store manager at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland BMT South Troop Store, has worked for the Exchange since 2013. Through the associate transfer program, he has moved twice with his wife, Air Force 1st Lt. Lauren Morales.

“As military spouses, we’re frequently transferring to different locations, and the Exchange has allowed me to maintain a leadership position through every move,” Cubacub said.

Cubacub has served as a customer service supervisor, PowerZone supervisor, hardlines department manager and services business manager at Offutt Air Force Base before transferring to the JBSA-Randolph Exchange and then Lackland.

“The Exchange has provided an opportunity to have a meaningful career with a mission that is second to none,” he said. “I am an example of the Exchange’s unyielding support for our Armed Forces and their families.”

Veterans, military spouses and others seeking employment with the Exchange can visit ApplyMyExchange.com to find job openings worldwide.

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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 $2.2 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 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 Loyd Brumfield, 214-312-6514 or brumfieldl@aafes.com.

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