History

The Exchange at 125: Postcards and Matchbooks Told the Exchange Story

By Steve Smith / July 14, 2020 /

Local exchanges appeared on postcards and matchbook covers, starting in the early 20th century and gaining in popularity during World War II. They featured pictures, including those of long-forgotten PXs from World War II and earlier versions of today’s Exchanges.

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The Exchange at 125: Serving Those Who Served on 9/11

By Steve Smith / July 14, 2020 /

In addition to their regular shifts at their Exchanges, nearly 150 associates from throughout Washington, D.C., worked at a mobile field exchange on the Pentagon grounds after the 9/11 terror attacks. They served more than 2,000 first responders. In New York City, dozens of associates from Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton staffed mobile field exchanges scattered around…

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The Exchange at 125: Many Famous People Have Visited Our Stores

By Steve Smith / July 13, 2020 /

1954  Then-Vice President Richard Nixon visited the Nouasseur AB Exchange in Morocco. 1959  Comedian George Gobel sampled food from a mobile exchange at McClellan AFB, Calif. 1972  Comedian Bob Hope met shoppers at Japan’s Yokota AB. In 1958, he visited the Yokohama AB exchange. 1977  President Carter visited the Hanscom AFB Exchange 2000  Actor and…

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The Exchange at 125: Red-Letter July Dates in Exchange History

By Steve Smith / July 10, 2020 /

July 18, 1866 – Congress does away with the corrupt “sutler” system, effective July 1, 1867. July 24, 1876 – The Secretary of War appoints one post trader at every military post, such as these folks at Fort Buford, N.D. July 25, 1895 – War Department General Orders No. 46 directs post commanders to open…

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The Exchange at 125: The Exchange Welcomed Home 4.1 Million Americans to their Exchange.

By Steve Smith / July 9, 2020 /

The Exchange welcomed home disabled Veterans, Purple Heart recipients and certain caregivers—4.1 million Americans— with in-store shopping privileges Jan. 1, 2020. Privileges expanded to all Veterans with service-connected disabilities; Purple Heart recipients; former prisoners of war; and certain caregivers. The extended privileges keep Veterans connected to military communities. Before the expansion, only Veterans with 100%…

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The Exchange at 125: We Operated an Exchange in Casablanca—the City in Morocco, Not the Movie

By Loyd Brumfield / July 9, 2020 /

During World War II, the Army Exchange Service—as the Exchange was known then—operated stores  throughout Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, serving American troops in the North Africa Theater of Operations. One of those stores was in Casablanca, Morocco.

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The Exchange at 125: PX, BX Cafeterias Were No Flashes in the Pan

By Steve Smith / July 8, 2020 /

For generations, military families dined in cafeterias, soda fountains and snack bars operated by the Exchange

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The Exchange at 125: We Gave Berlin Residents a Much-Needed Lift

By Steve Smith / July 7, 2020 /

The Exchange served Army pilots during the first crisis of the Cold War.

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The Exchange at 125: Transitioning to a Civilian Leader

By Steve Smith / July 6, 2020 /

The West Point and Harvard Business School graduate and former CEO of consumer and retail companies brought extensive experience to the Exchange during a time of fiscal uncertainty.

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The Exchange at 125: A Famous Private Told Customers About Exchange Benefits

By Steve Smith / July 6, 2020 /

Beetle Bailey loved the Camp Swampy PX.

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