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It’s Toy Time! Army & Air Force Exchange Service Highlights Season’s Best Picks for Military Kids

By Conner Hammett / October 19, 2020 /

DALLAS – Military kids can discover the hottest holiday toys in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 2020 Toyshop toy book, including a selection hand-picked by the XKids, the Exchange’s team of 14 pint-sized toy experts ranging in age from 7-and-a-half months to 13 years old. Packed with nearly 400 toys—plus an expanded selection…

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Exchange shopper Martha Alaniz and granddaughter Jolina Tynes pick up winter clothes for Alaniz's three grandchildren Oct. 14 at the Fort Hood Exchange. Alaniz was one of 52 lucky shoppers notified this week that their Exchange layaway balances were paid in full by the nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway. Also pictured, Fort Hood Main Store Manager Teresa Palu.

More Than 50 Military Shoppers’ Layaway Balances Paid in Full

By Conner Hammett / October 16, 2020 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service surprised 52 military families this week with news that their layaway balances had been paid in full by the nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway. Families from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base; Maxwell Air Force Base; and Forts Hood, Campbell, Bragg and Lewis were asked…

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Exchange’s Operation Fun Continues with Free Online Screening of ‘Incredibles 2’

By Conner Hammett / October 14, 2020 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and The Walt Disney Studios invite military families to an at-home movie night with a free online screening of “Incredibles 2,” beginning Oct. 23. The military-exclusive screening is one of many family-friendly online activities offered as part of the Exchange and Disney’s Operation Fun campaign at…

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New MILITARY STAR Cardholders Will Get 15% Off First-Day Purchases Oct. 8-22

By Conner Hammett / October 7, 2020 /

DALLAS – Military shoppers who sign up for a MILITARY STAR ® card can reap some serious fall savings on their first-day’s purchases. From Oct. 8 to 22, new MILITARY STAR cardholders will receive 15% off all their first-day’s purchases, an increase from the card’s typical first-day discount of 10%. The 15% discount will appear…

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Exchange XKids Communty Hub page

Exchange XKids Community Hub Page Connects Kids with Family-Friendly Activities

By Conner Hammett / September 29, 2020 /

DALLAS – Military families can find fun together this fall with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s XKids Community Hub, a one-stop shop for free, kid-friendly activities. Parents and kids can join the fun at Military families can click on the red “Explore the Room” button to be transported to a virtual playroom…

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Camp Humphreys Sip Rip Ultimate Trip Winners

From Stars and Stripes: US troops, civilians splurge at the Camp Humphreys exchange after winning $10,000 shopping sprees

By Conner Hammett / September 24, 2020 /

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Fifteen troops and civilians affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea filled their shopping carts at the post exchange Thursday after each won a $10,000 shopping spree. The prizes were part of a $2 million Sip. Rip. Ultimate Trip sweepstakes sponsored by Subway that began on July 1 to honor the 125th anniversary of…

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Exchange Shoppers Can Win a $70,000 Custom 2020 Mustang RTR in Sweepstakes

By Conner Hammett / September 23, 2020 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Monster Energy are giving military shoppers the chance to ride off in a custom 2020 Ford Mustang RTR in the Monster Mustang sweepstakes. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, authorized Exchange shoppers can enter to win at One grand-prize winner will receive a 2020…

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Shoppers Can Win $25,000 in Cash Prizes with MILITARY STAR Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes

By Conner Hammett / September 22, 2020 /

DALLAS – With the swipe of a card, military shoppers worldwide will get a chance to win their share of $25,000 in cash during the MILITARY STAR® card’s Home for the Holidays sweepstakes. Through Oct. 15, all shoppers who use a MILITARY STAR card to make two purchases from any military exchange (including,,…

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Starbucks officials cut the ribbon on the Exchange’s 100th Starbucks retail licensed location Sept. 17 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. From left, Ronny Rexrode, Vice President, Food and Theater Operations, Exchange; Shelly Armstrong, Western Region Senior Vice President, Exchange; Aaron Koransky, Vice President, Licensed Store Business Development, Operations & Strategy, Starbucks; Matt Kress, Senior Manager, Global Responsibility, Starbucks, Col. Skye Duncan, JBLM Garrison Commander; and Mike Einer, JBLM Exchange General Manager.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Celebrates 100th Starbucks Location

By Conner Hammett / September 17, 2020 /

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – The Department of Defense’s largest retailer, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and Starbucks joined forces to open the 100th Starbucks store on an Army post or Air Force base. Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange shopping center in Washington, the new Starbucks comes nearly 23 years after the…

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Shoppers Can Reap Rewards for Helping Soldiers, Airmen in Need

By Conner Hammett / September 15, 2020 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is pumping up the savings for shoppers who support Airmen and Soldiers in need. From Sept. 14 to 18, Exchange shoppers who make an in-person donation to Army Emergency Relief (AER) or the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) will receive additional savings: One $1 off coupon…

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