Local

July 25, 2014

AAFES marks 119 years of serving Airmen

Untitled-1
Today, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) celebrates 119 years of proudly serving Airmen, Soldiers and their families.

AAFES is the 43rd largest retail organization in the U.S., with annual revenue of more than $10 billion and employing 40,622 civilian and military personnel.

The Exchange is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense (DOD). The Exchange is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.

Our mission is two-fold, to provide quality merchandise and services to its customers at competitively low prices and generate earnings which provide dividends to support morale, welfare and recreation programs.

The Exchange is self supporting, funding 98 percent of its operating budget from the sale of goods and services. The remaining two percent of Exchange funding comes from Appropriated Funds; the vast majority of this support is devoted to overseas operations.

The Exchange is also a major employer of military families. Approximately 24 percent of the Exchange’s 40,600 associates are military family members; 10 percent are Veterans; 2 percent are Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve personnel working part-time in Exchanges during their off-duty hours.

When Military members deploy to remote locations around the world, the Exchange is with them, offering products and services to bring troops a taste of home. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Exchange has deployed more than 4,300 associates.

The Exchange started from humble beginnings, during the American Revolution, the military did not issue personal items, such as soap, razors, and tobacco to soldiers. However, peddlers (called sutlers), followed the Army and sold merchandise, most of it inferior. Because of its corruption, traders authorized to sell merchandise at each post replaced the sutler system in 1867. By 1869, the War Department authorized small stores, known as canteens, putting the traders out of business.

On July 25, 1895, General Order No. 46 set the standard for the concept and mission of today’s exchange service. Eventually, independent operations evolved at Army divisional levels. Large posts, with little or no direction from higher quarters, established a post exchange to serve their unit. Post Commanders decided how to spend earnings. The system remained basically unchanged until 1941, when the War Department established the Army Exchange Service to provide broad guidance for worldwide operations. When the Air Force became a separate service, the exchange became a joint operation. In 1948, the organization became the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Your March ARB Exchange has been serving our March military members and their families for over 50 years!

Make sure you stop by today, starting at noon to help us celebrate with a cake cutting and specials in the store!

To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at www.shopmyexchange.com.

(Information from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service website was used in this story)




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and fo...
 
 

Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young...
 
 

Crash memories still painful for B-17 navigator

(Sixth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The sound of footsteps at night on the wooden walkway outside his hut filled 2nd Lt. Sidney Solomon with dread. It was always a GI coming to notify him and his B-17 Flying Fortress crewmates they would be part of a...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, gives his insight on the reserve component during Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, in Wash...
 
 
U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released

Riverside hosts inaugural 9/11 tribute concert

U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released Capt. Stephen Murray commanding officer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, right, and Col. Russell Muncy, commanding officer of 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air ...
 
 

U.S. Air Force to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin