Operation Allies Welcome

After a Year of Support and Service, Exchange Closes Final Operation Allies Welcome Site

By Marisa Conner / September 21, 2022 /

Exchange support took many forms, including mobile field Exchanges (MFEs), tent stores, rodeos, re-opened facilities at closed installations, troop stores, re-allocated Express stores, mobile barber shops, local food trucks and concessionaires.

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Fort Belvoir Exchange Helps Welcome Afghan Guests to U.S.

By Conner Hammett / March 31, 2022 /

As Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) enters its second phase, the Exchange is once again serving at-risk Afghans who supported the U.S. mission as they make their way to new homes in the U.S.

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Words from Director/CEO Tom Shull: Strengthening the Benefit in 2021

By Tom Shull / February 2, 2022 /

During a time of challenges, the Exchange continues to rise to the occasion. From a hiring milestone to supporting Afghan guests, the organization delivered for Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families in 2021.

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Retirees Return to the Exchange to Support Operation Allies Welcome

By Robert Philpot / December 20, 2021 /

Three retirees are currently supporting OAW in southern New Mexico, and one is scheduled to arrive at Fort Dix in January.

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Fort Leavenworth Associates Volunteer to Support Afghan Guests

By Charlotte Richter/Fort Leavenworth Lamp / November 16, 2021 /

Three Fort Leavenworth Exchange Service associates volunteered with Operation Allies Welcome, also known as Operation Allies Refuge, to aid Afghan guests at Fort McCoy, Wis., in September and October. Former Fort Leavenworth PX associate and now active-duty 2nd Lt. Dominiq Jones, Fort Leavenworth PX Administrative Assistant Stephanie Rivera and Fort Leavenworth PX Shift Assistant Courtney…

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Operation Allies Welcome: How Exchange Regions are Supporting Installations’ Afghan Guests on Journey to U.S.  

By Conner Hammett / October 19, 2021 /

With help from Exchange headquarters, local commands and vendor partners, Exchanges are offering clothing, shoes, blankets, children’s toys, snacks, mobile phone accessories, hygiene products and other essentials as guests complete the necessary steps for resettlement in the United States.

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Mobile Field Exchanges in High Demand as Installations Welcome Afghan Guests

By Conner Hammett / September 30, 2021 /

MFEs have long been critical to bringing the comforts of home to Warfighters deployed all over the world. And in recent months, these 53-foot stores on wheels have taken on even greater relevance to military missions.

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