Pacific Region

School Meal Program

Universal Free School Lunch Ending June 30

By Chris Ward / June 1, 2022 /

DALLAS – As USDA child nutrition COVID-19 waivers expire on June 30, free school lunches at Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools outside the continental United States will end once the 2022-23 school year begins. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students enrolled at DoDEA schools received free reimbursable meals through the Student Meal Program operated…

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Sweet Support: Exchange Ships Nearly 200,000 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Troops Overseas

By Robert Philpot / February 2, 2022 /

DALLAS – It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is continuing its longstanding support of Girl Scout troops by shipping nearly 200,000 boxes to Europe and the Pacific. “For more than 20 years, the Exchange has provided a taste of home by shipping Girl Scout Cookies to locations outside…

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Air Force Master Sgt. Brett Myers, Engineering Craftsman with the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, and his wife, Misti, pose for a picture with Flor Payton, Kadena Exchange main store manager, after Brett surprised Misti with a MacBook Pro. Brett used the Exchange’s layaway program for the first time to purchase the laptop for Misti, who is pursuing a degree in medical administration. On Dec. 15, Brett was invited to a video call with celebrity and Marine and Navy Veteran, Montel Williams. During the call, Williams announced that all Exchange layaways in the Pacific Region, including Brett’s, were paid in full by nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark A. Kauffman)

Making Spirits Bright: Nearly $109,000 in Exchange Layaways Paid in Full for 374 Military Shoppers

By Conner Hammett / December 16, 2021 /

CAMP FOSTER – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers in the Pacific were treated to an early holiday surprise when they learned their layaways had been paid in full. Exchange shoppers in South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Hawaii and Guam joined a video call Dec. 14 for the big reveal, delivered by celebrity guest and…

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Korea Distribution Center and bakery grand opening

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Celebrates Opening of New USAG Humphreys Distribution Center, Bakery

By Conner Hammett / November 19, 2021 /

U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service launched a new era of service and support for the Pacific military community with the unveiling of a new distribution center and bakery at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys. Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Willard Burleson, Exchange Chief Operating…

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Kadena Marine Veteran Named Exchange’s 2021 Outstanding Associate with a Disability

By Marisa Conner / October 7, 2021 /

DALLAS – A Veteran at Kadena Air Base was named the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 2021 Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability. Mark Stopani served his country in the Marine Corps for six years—and has spent the last 18 years continuing his service to the military at the Kadena Exchange, where…

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Honors Vietnam Veterans in Ceremonies Worldwide

By Marisa Conner / March 29, 2021 /

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service honored Vietnam Veterans for their distinguished service during pinning ceremonies worldwide for National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Veterans received free lapel pins, provided in partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, on March 29 as lasting mementos of our Nation’s appreciation for these…

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From KITV-4: Hawai’i soldier receives Christmas gift in February

By Marisa Conner / March 2, 2021 /

HONOLULU, Hawaii – It may be well into the new year, but one Hawaii Army National Guard Soldier is still celebrating the holidays. Staff Sgt. Ross Lazaro was selected as a grand-prize winner in a contest to pay off his holiday bill. Read more from

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Good Grades Pay! Exchange Awards $4,000 to Three Military Children for Academic Excellence

By Marisa Conner / February 18, 2021 /

DALLAS – Good grades pay off—especially for the three young winners of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade worldwide sweepstakes. Seventh-grader Sara Cockrell won the grand prize of a $2,000 Exchange gift card, which she received in a presentation at the Fort Bragg Exchange. Seventh-grader Bruce Birch received the second-place…

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