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Exchange’s Diverse Ranks Praised During BRIDGE Discussion

By Loyd Brumfield / February 26, 2021 /

When Antonio Porter studied charts of the representation of minorities in Exchange management track positions, the results surprised him. “I was expecting much lower numbers,” said Porter, the Exchange’s Mid Central regional vice president. “But they showed me that the Exchange is a multi-diverse organization that cares about a workforce made up of people from…

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Winter Storm Update: Exchange Headquarters ‘Was Moments Away’ from Losing Critical Connectivity

By Loyd Brumfield / February 25, 2021 /

Exchange Headquarters was reopened to associates Feb. 22—except for some areas of the first and second floors—thanks to round-the-clock work by associates in the IT and Real Estate directorates to repair the damage. Some work was herculean, as associates dealt with an estimated 150,000 square feet of flooding on the second floor. “Some computers sat…

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Winter Storm Update: Central Region Remains Resilient

By Loyd Brumfield / February 24, 2021 /

Exchange stores are recovering after a powerful winter storm devastated Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Louisiana. Most locations remained open. The winter storm, the first of its kind in 100 years, caused waterlines to burst at Headquarters, which knocked computers offline and damaged equipment on the first two floors, forcing the building to close…

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

By Marisa Conner / February 23, 2021 /

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 $1,500 prize…

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Words from Director/CEO Tom Shull: Preserving the Benefit through the Pandemic—A Job Well Done in 2020

By Tom Shull / February 22, 2021 /

Congratulations on the many successes of 2020! Despite the incredible challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Exchange has much to celebrate as you steadfastly brought mission-essential benefits to Soldiers, Airmen, Retirees, Veterans and military families. Well done! At the onset of the pandemic, we committed to stabilizing our workforce and made it through the year…

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Winter Storm Update: Dallas HQ Sustains Damage During Historic Freeze

By Loyd Brumfield / February 19, 2021 /

After a 100-year winter storm swept across Texas at the start of the week, crews went into overdrive to repair damage and prepare Exchange Headquarters for a return to limited occupancy. Extreme temperatures and power outages caused waterlines and pipes to burst, flooding parts of the building. Frozen drain lines also thwarted some mechanisms in…

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ICYMI: The Week that was in the Exchange Post

By Loyd Brumfield / February 19, 2021 /

This past week in the Exchange Post, the first PX in the Baltic States opened at the Pabrade Training Area in Lithuania; associates learned more about repaying deferred payroll taxes; the Exchange will recognize associates who graduated from historically black colleges and universities; and a Fort Campbell custodial worker with 55 years of service was…

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Payroll Tax Repayment Plan Tool Now Live on Employee Self Service

By Conner Hammett / February 19, 2021 /

Exchange associates who had payroll taxes deferred in 2020 can now choose how many pay periods they’d like to use to repay the deferred taxes in Employee Self Service (ESS). Through March 8, associates can choose anywhere from one to 21 pay periods to have the deferred taxes deducted from their wages. Associates who have…

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125 Years of Family Serving Family – Alonzo Oldham, Fort Campbell

By Chris Ward / February 18, 2021 /

One in a series honoring the Exchange’s 125 years of family serving family When Fort Campbell Exchange custodial worker Alonzo Oldham was hired at the Exchange cafeteria, he could never imagine that he’d still be with the organization 55 years later. “When I was young and heard of people on the job for 20 years,…

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Black History Month: Exchange Recognizes Associates from HBCUs

By Loyd Brumfield / February 18, 2021 /

In honor of Black History Month and the legacy of historically black colleges and universities, the Exchange wants to recognize associates who have graduated from HBCUs. The Equal Employment Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion office is asking associates who graduated from an HBCU to submit photos of themselves pictured with a school logo or item. The…

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