Installation Visitors, Civilian Workers Can Dine At The Exchange

DALLAS – At military installations across the globe, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service provides a taste of home to Soldiers, Airmen and their families. While rules governing who can buy merchandise at Exchanges often apply to a select few, anyone can dine in Exchange restaurants or pick up grab-and-go fare from Express locations.

The Exchange’s more than 1,280 restaurants and 330 Expresses worldwide are open to anyone looking for a bite to eat. Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) lets anyone— including visitors, contractors and DoD civilians—dine at Exchange restaurants. What’s more, anyone can buy grab-and-go food and beverages from an Express as long as the items are consumed on the installation.

“Enjoying a quick meal at an Exchange restaurant is a valuable convenience for civilians who are visiting service members or need be on the installation for business reasons,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “For those wanting a bite on the run, most Express locations offer a broad selection of single-serve healthy snacks, beverages and light meals.”

Guidelines on who is authorized to use Exchange operations are prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) and the Armed Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21.

Anyone who believes they may qualify for Exchange benefits, including access to main stores, should contact their local Exchange manager for additional guidance. Installation-specific contact information is available online at

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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 Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or [email protected]