History

#FlashbackFriday: The Year the Exchange Post Debuted (It Didn’t Start as the Exchange Post)

By Robert Philpot / July 1, 2022 /

The first edition did have a name—Exchange Service News—but the folks behind it were looking for something more clever.

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#FlashbackFriday: A Hunka-Hunka Elvis-Related Exchange History

By Robert Philpot / June 24, 2022 /

Featuring Elvis’ favorite barber and the Exchange where a teenage Priscilla Beaulieu (later Priscilla Presley) got here Elvis records.

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#FlashbackFriday: A Rocket Attack in Iraq, and Four Deployed Associates’ Heroism (Update)

By Robert Philpot / June 17, 2022 /

Four associates deployed to Camp Anaconda rushed to give first aid to the injured and bring the wounded and civilians into the Exchange building. They were later honored for their heroism.

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#FlashbackFriday: The Year the Exchange Launched Its Own Radio Network

By Robert Philpot / June 10, 2022 /

Flash back to when the Exchange Satellite Radio Network debuted at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Exchange in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

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Flashback Friday: A ‘Hole’ Lot of History for National Doughnut Day

By Robert Philpot / June 3, 2022 /

National Donut Day’s roots are in World War I. But it’s in recent Exchange history that doughnuts play a larger role.

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#FlashbackFriday: Serving up Some Exchange Burger History for National Hamburger Day

By Robert Philpot / May 27, 2022 /

Saturday, May 28, is National Hamburger Day, which aside from making #FlashbackFriday crave a bacon-cheeseburger inspires this look at the history of the burger in general and at the Exchange. According to the National Today website, the hamburger’s history is somewhat murky. “No one is quite sure about the origins of the hamburger, other than…

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#FlashbackFriday: Mount St. Helens Erupts, Affecting Several Exchanges

By Robert Philpot / May 20, 2022 /

Exchanges hundreds of miles away spent days cleaning up ash, and drivers had to navigate back roads at speeds as low as 5 mph because of the ashfall.

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#FlashbackFriday: Launch of BE FIT

By Chris Ward / May 13, 2022 /

To commemorate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Flashback Friday is going back to 2009 when the BE FIT 360 program was launched.

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#FlashbackFriday: The Year the Exchange Got Into the Convenience Store Game

By Robert Philpot / May 6, 2022 /

This week’s Express seminar made Flashback Friday curious about the roots of the Express, which took us back to the ’70s and the beginnings of the Shoppette.

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#FlashbackFriday: A Comic-Book Tie-in That Was an Exchange Marvel

By Robert Philpot / April 29, 2022 /

Seventeen years ago, the Exchange sponsored a special-edition Marvel New Avengers comic book, which was distributed free to troops and their families worldwide

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