Exchange shoppers can enter to win a Thomas Blackshear figurine

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelsey Kirsch
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 7, 2014

DALLAS – As service members return to the United States, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is marking their return with a contest to find the best homecoming stories and photos.   

Authorized shoppers can share their special moments from Feb. 7 to 28 by submitting a story in 150 words or less for a chance to win one of two Lenox® Thomas Blackshear sculpted figurines valued at $195. The two collectibles, a female version called “Home at Last” and a male keepsake titled “Coming Home,” are available in black or ivory.

“We are excited to hear and share stories of support and homecoming,” said the Exchange’s Chief of Staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. “We are grateful for military families’ service and sacrifices. We’ve been with service members on the frontlines and with their families on the homefront. No one is happier than us to celebrate as loved ones are welcomed home.”

Five winners of the Exchange’s Thomas Blackshear figurine giveaway will be notified on or about March 14. No purchase is necessary and entrants must include their name, email and home address, name of the nearest Exchange, daytime phone number, rank or occupation of sponsor. There is a limit of one entry per family. For complete details visit  

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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 Kelsey Kirsch, 214-312-4566 or