Exchange Unveils New Military Clothing Store at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the snip of a ribbon, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service welcomed its Military Clothing to new, more convenient home in the Pentagon’s second-floor retail concourse to better serve Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors.

“At the Exchange, we are family serving family,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 8. “This new home allows us to serve our Pentagon family better, and the move reflects our steadfast commitment to taking care of those who serve.”

best-dsc_0064The move brings the 3,400-square-foot Military Clothing store to Pentagon’s mall on the second floor, making it easier for service members and military leaders to find.

The Exchange has staffed a Military Clothing store at the Pentagon since March 1984. Since 2008, the store has been located in E Ring, away from the retail area. Air Force Services funded the move to the retail concourse. The store offers uniforms and alternations for all branches of service. Insignia, gifts, books, flags and souvenirs round out the assortment.

“This store in this location is truly about supporting the Warfighter,” said Mercedes Greene, facility project manager, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, who was integral in completing the project. “The store is more centrally located, so service members can find it much easier.”

Sajeel Ahmed, Director, Facilities Services, Washington Headquarters Services, applauded the Military Clothing Store’s move, noting that finding the previous location sometimes proved challenging..

“It’s a great location—moving from the fifth floor to the second,” said Ahmed, whose Facilities Services Directorate manages the space in the Pentagon. “It’s much easier locating this store on the retail concourse. If customers need anything, they can just walk in and get what they need.”

Staff Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, the operational NCO from the deputy director of the Army National Guard, browsed the store after the ribbon-cutting.

“The new location is excellent,” said Skywalker, who said he relies on the Exchange for uniforms, patches, ribbons, shoes and more. “It’s more convenient—it’s at the heart of where all the traffic is.”

Air Force Capt. Christopher Bright was trying on shoes during grand-opening day.

“I like that it’s right inside the main entrance,” Bright said “I don’t have to go all over the building to stop in for what I need.”

The new store is in Room 2D133. It’s open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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 http://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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