Exchange in the News

From Stars and Stripes: Free school meals program extended to students at schools on US military bases overseas

By Chris Ward / October 26, 2020 /

Students at most overseas Department of Defense Education Activity schools will receive free meals for the rest of the school year, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said Monday. The Department of Agriculture, which subsidizes the meals, said they will help to ensure that children “have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers…

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From KXRM-TV: Fort Carson soldier wins $10,000 Exchange shopping spree

By Loyd Brumfield / October 20, 2020 /

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier was treated to a $10,000 shopping spree at the post Exchange Tuesday. Sgt. Kierra Howard, who is assigned to the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Carson, had the Exchange to herself as she embarked on the shopping spree following a brief ceremony. Read more from KXRM-TV.

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From the Las Cruces Sun News: Latoya Mandas was only buying a meal at Subway, when the lucky army veteran won $25,000

By Loyd Brumfield / October 20, 2020 /

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE – Army veteran Latoya Mandas is a regular customer at Subway, but she never thought that her frequent visits to the fast-food restaurant would get her a $25,000 shopping spree. Mandas looked in disbelief at the tab on her cup filled with lemonade when she read that she was one of the lucky…

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From the Fort Sill Tribune: Fort Sill Soldier wins $10,000 AAFES gift card

By Loyd Brumfield / October 20, 2020 /

FORT SILL, Oklahoma — When Staff Sgt. Frank Sanchez recently went to the Subway restaurant in the North Shoppette Express he decided to make his lunch a combination meal on a whim. That decision would be lifechanging. Sanchez won a $10,000 Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) gift card in Subway restaurant’s “Sip. Rip.…

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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.

From KXXV-TV: Exchange layaway balances paid in full for 15 Fort Hood families

By Conner Hammett / October 19, 2020 /

FORT HOOD, TX — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service surprised 15 Fort Hood families this week with news that their layaway balances had been paid in full by the nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway. The lucky shoppers, whose layaways totaled $2,200 in back-to-school purchases, were among 52 families nationwide asked to join one of three…

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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.

From KWTX-TV: Fort Hood: PX and non-profit pay off layaway balances for 15 Army families

By Conner Hammett / October 19, 2020 /

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) – As a special surprise, the Army and Air Force Exchange partnered with the non-profit “Pay Away the Layaway,” to pay off 15 families layaway balances on their Christmas gifts. The 15 local families are part of 52 nationwide to receive the gift. Staff Sergeant Robert Carrasco, who will be deployed…

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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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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Annual Report Details Mission-Essential Support in 2019

By Conner Hammett / August 6, 2020 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has released its 2019 Mission Report, highlighting the mission-essential support the Department of Defense’s largest retailer provided Warfighters and their families last year. “The Exchange’s strong performance in 2019 positioned it well to address the unique and unanticipated challenges of the pandemic,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom…

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From The Dallas Morning News: The pandemic challenge for Dallas-based AAFES: Keep the U.S. military safe while shopping

By Loyd Brumfield / July 23, 2020 /

Dallas-based Army Air Force & Exchange Service was one of the first U.S. retailers to get first-hand experience operating in a pandemic, initially in coronavirus hot spots in South Korea and then at bases in Italy and Germany. The military’s retail operation for soldiers and their families on bases and remote locations in the U.S.…

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From Military Times: Check out back-to-school deals, dental clinics, face masks and more at your military stores

By Conner Hammett / July 20, 2020 /

If you’re in the market for some deals, check out the 125th anniversary sales of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. We’re also catching you up on new dental clinics, back-to-school savings, a new layaway policy, and more. Deals *From July 24-30: At exchanges on Army and Air Force bases and online at ShopMyExchange.com, shoppers…

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