History

#FlashbackFriday: Betty White’s Connection to the Exchange

By Robert Philpot / January 21, 2022 /

The actress joined the American Women’s Voluntary Services in 1941, driving a PX truck delivering supplies to troops staying in temporary camps in the Hollywood Hills.

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The Exchange’s Korea Distribution Center: A Brief History

By Conner Hammett / November 19, 2021 /

Before the 2020 opening of the Exchange’s U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys distribution center, the Camp Market DC ensured Korea-area Exchanges had the items Warfighters and their families needed for more than 45 years.

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Pictured, a mobile exchange from Fort Gordon, Ga., stands ready to help troops deployed to Patrick AFB, Fla., during the Cuban missile crisis, 1962.

#FlashbackFriday: How the Exchange Provided Support During the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Robert Philpot / October 22, 2021 /

For 13 tense days in October 1962, United States and the Soviet Union had a confrontation over Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. Throughout the crisis, Exchanges came together to provide support.

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A mobile field exchange served National Guard members deployed to Bastrop, Texas, for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017.

#FlashbackFriday: Tracking MFEs Through Exchange History

By Robert Philpot / October 8, 2021 /

Due to their high demand in assisting with Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), mobile field exchanges, known as MFEs, have received a lot of attention recently. In mid-September, all but two of the Exchange’s 11 U.S.-based MFEs were in active service, with seven of them helping installations provide essential support to at-risk Afghan guests while they…

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#FlashbackFriday: Some Slices of Pizza’s History at the Exchange

By Robert Philpot / October 1, 2021 /

Pizza is very popular at the Exchange. But not so long ago, it was considered a novelty.

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#Flashback Friday: Shining a Light on the Exchange’s First Solar-powered Shopping Center

By Robert Philpot / September 24, 2021 /

On Sept. 24, 1977—44 years ago today—the Exchange opened its first solar-powered shopping center at Randolph Air force Base near San Antonio, Texas.

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Exchange trucker Bradley Wacks is a member of the National Private Truck Council’s Driver Hall of Fame.

#Flashback Friday: The Exchange’s Trucking Hall of Famers

By Robert Philpot / September 17, 2021 /

Since 1987, the National Private Truck Council has inducted four members each year into its Hall of Fame, considered one of the most prestigious honors in the trucking industry. Four of those drivers worked for the Exchange.

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#FlashbackFriday: How Exchanges Worldwide Responded After 9/11

By Robert Philpot / September 10, 2021 /

After the 9/11 attacks, Exchanges in the New York City area and near Washington, D.C., supported troops and first responders with 24-hour operations and mobile field exchanges. Exchanges outside of New York and the Washington area did their part as well.

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Exchange Inspector General VP Shares 9/11 Memories from His Air Force Days

By Robert Philpot / September 9, 2021 /

On the morning of 9/11, Steve Groll was an Air Force major and the navigator on an E-4B aircraft. The crew’s mission changed dramatically after the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked.

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20 Years Later, Current and Former Associates Share Stories of Exchange Support on 9/11

By Robert Philpot / September 9, 2021 /

Exchange associates in the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas worked quickly and inventively to support troops and first responders after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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