Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward Returns to Exchange Leadership Team

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Neidinger
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 8, 2013

DALLAS – A familiar face has reunited with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.  Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr. returned to the Exchange to serve as Deputy Director, effective Sept. 3.

“It’s great to be back on the Exchange team,” Maj. Gen. Ward said. “Though I was on the Board of Directors from 2010-2011, it’s completely different to be here now. I’m thrilled to be in a leadership role where I’ll interface directly with customers, associates and stakeholders. We have an amazing mission at the Exchange in supporting our nation’s finest!”

Maj. Gen. Ward has served in the Air Force 30 years as a comptroller, commander, budget analyst and an assignments officer. Most recently, he served as the Commandant for the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University in Norfolk, Va. He is a native of Groton, Conn. and is a certified defense financial manager. 

As Deputy Director, Maj. Gen. Ward plans, trains, equips and leads the Exchange in meeting the needs of field commanders and their troops around the world.

“It’s exciting to be here now. We have so many initiatives and online improvements in the works,” Maj. Gen. Ward said, highlighting efforts underway now to improve the experience. “The best is yet to come and soon.”

Ward replaced Brig. Gen. Casey Blake, whom the Air Force Chief of Staff appointed as Commander, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.  The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at


Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Lisa Neidinger, 214-312-4168 or [email protected].