Sheppard Air Force Retiree Beats the Odds to Win Smart Car in Exchange Contest

DALLAS – A retired Air Force veteran beat out 37,000 other entrants to win a new Smart Car in a worldwide Army & Air Force Exchange Service contest held in conjunction with Welch’s/Sour Jacks.

72-year-old Michael Mauldwin was presented the keys to his new ride in a ceremony at the Sheppard AFB Exchange on Nov. 6.

“I think it’s just wonderful that the Exchange offers military members, retirees and their families an opportunity to win prizes such as this car,” said Mauldwin. “You might say that I’m happy to have won.”

Upon receiving his car, Mauldwin expressed his appreciation for the Exchange, not only for the opportunity to win the car but for what it has meant to him throughout his military career.

“I’ve been associated with the Air Force for 43 years,” he said. “I’ve always used the Exchange and always will. They provide a great service to the military and their families.”

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter at


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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or [email protected]