July 25, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service marks a historic milestone, celebrating 119 years of serving Soldiers, Airmen and their families.
July 25, 1895, General Order No. 46 established the exchange on military installations, directing post commanders to set up an exchange at every post.
Since then, the Exchange has supported U.S. troops in 14 major contingencies, starting with the Spanish-American War and most recently with Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
Throughout the years, the Department of Defense’s oldest retailer has brought a taste of home to the frontlines while supporting service members’ families on the home front.
In honor of the anniversary, the Exchange is planning in-store events worldwide and a special MILITARY STAR card promotion. Shoppers who use their MILITARY STAR on July 25 will receive five percent off their in-store purchase.
The MILITARY STAR card five-percent discount is not applicable to fuel, tobacco, uniforms/accessories, Exchange Protection Plans, food court or gift card purchases. The MILITARY STAR card everyday discounts of 10 percent off fast food and 5 cents off per gallon of gas will be applicable but cannot be combined with the 119th anniversary 5 percent discount offer.
Military shoppers can join in as their local Exchange celebrates 119 years of family serving family.