History

#FlashbackFriday: 66 Years Ago, the Exchange Welcomed Hungarian Refugees to the U.S.

By Robert Philpot / December 9, 2022 /

On Dec. 9, 1956—66 years ago today—President Eisenhower announced that 15,000 Hungarian refugees would be allowed to enter the United States after Soviet troops crushed an uprising in Budapest. Operation Safe Haven, also known as Operation Mercy, began. Thousands of refugees were transported from Munich, West Germany, to Camp Kilmer, N.J., which was renamed Camp…

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#FlashbackFriday: Fifty-Five Years Ago, HQ Moved to Dallas

By Robert Philpot / November 18, 2022 /

In 1966, seeking a location in the central part of the country, Exchange leaders made the decision to relocate headquarters to Dallas after having been based in New York City since the late 1940s. The move took place over several weeks in late 1967, beginning with the relocation of two computer units on Oct. 20.…

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#ThrowbackThursday: The Long Road to the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit

By Robert Philpot / November 10, 2022 /

On Veterans Day, the Exchange will mark the fifth anniversary of the Veterans online shopping benefit.
But the Nov. 11, 2017, launch was the culmination of a long journey

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#FlashbackFriday: Some Slices of History Honoring National Sandwich Day

By Robert Philpot / November 4, 2022 /

We sandwiched in some photos of sandwich-specific spots in Exchange history.

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#FlashbackFriday: October 1983—The Exchange Supports Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada

By Robert Philpot / October 28, 2022 /

On Oct. 25, 1983, U.S. troops invaded Grenada, a small Caribbean island about 100 miles north of the Venezuela coast. The mission, dubbed Operation Urgent Fury, was to rescue U.S. citizens who were on the island when the government was overthrown in a violent coup.. Less than two weeks after the troops landed, the Exchange…

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#FlashbackFriday: When the Exchange Passed ‘Go’ to Collaborate on Military Monopoly Editions

By Robert Philpot / October 21, 2022 /

Some 20 years ago, the Exchange played a role in the development of special Army and Air Force editions of Monopoly.

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#FlashbackFriday: The Associate Who Wrote the Yankees Theme Song—And More

By Robert Philpot / October 14, 2022 /

Lou Stallman, who was an Exchange cafeteria worker in 1956, also helped write hits for Clyde McPhatter and Perry Como, and received a 1982 Grammy nomination–for a song he co-wrote in 1965.

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#FlashbackFriday: The Exchange’s History of Hiring People With Disabilities

By Robert Philpot / October 7, 2022 /

The Exchange’s history of hiring people with disabilities goes back decades.

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#FlashbackFriday: A Whole Latte Pictures for National Coffee Day

By Robert Philpot / September 30, 2022 /

Sept. 29 was National Coffee Day, but rather than believe that is a day late, #FlashbackFriday would like to propose that every day is National Coffee Day. The Exchange has offered coffee throughout its history, but things have gotten fancier through the years, with the addition of Starbucks, Dunkin’, Seattle’s Best and more, as well…

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The Fort Buchanan Express after Hurricane Maria.

#FlashbackFriday: Five Years Ago, Hurricane Maria Struck Puerto Rico, Where the Exchange Was Resilient

By Robert Philpot / September 23, 2022 /

The storm made landfall Sept. 20, 2017—while the island was still recovering from Hurricane Irma, which struck  two weeks earlier. Two days later, associates were back at the Fort Buchanan PX to help expedite reopening.

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