AAFES celebrates milestone

DALLAS The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will celebrate 115 years of service and support to America’s military this Sunday, the military retailer recently announced.

“AAFES’ commitment to America’s troops is as strong as it’s ever been,” stated Col. Virgil Williams, AAFES chief of staff. “Whether at their home station, deployed overseas, providing support in the wake of a natural disaster, or even in the hospital, AAFES is there.”

AAFES will be celebrating the anniversary July 25 through July 27, the retailer noted. Shoppers who stop by exchanges in the United States during the three-day period can register to win a $5,000 Exchange shopping spree while runners-up will receive one of three Samsung LED TVs ranging from 40-inches-to-55-inches. Exchange patrons in the United States also can enter to win a round trip for two to Hollywood to meet Mario Lopez and attend a taping of eXTRA.

Military shoppers stationed overseas who stop by the Exchange during the three-day period can register to win a $5,000 Exchange shopping spree, a backpack or set of luggage.

AAFES was established July 25, 1895, when the War Department issued General Order number 46 directing post commanders to establish an Exchange at every post where practicable. In addition to its flagship Exchange facilities, modern AAFES operations also include convenience stores, car care centers, military clothing sales stores, fast food restaurants, such retail concession services as flower shops and gift stores, vending, telecommunications support and a wide variety of personal services through more than 3,100 facilities in 25 countries, five U.S. territories and all 50 states.

AAFES is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and is directed by a board of directors who is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreational services.

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