AAFES deputy director works to better Luke Airmen’s lives

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Mike Immler, Army & Air Force Exchange Service deputy director, is making it his mission to ensure the Exchange is doing all it can to serve Airmen at Luke Air Force Base.

To better understand how the Exchange can best meet the needs of the community, Immler met with Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. Tonya Mack, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, during a visit on Jan. 22. During his two-day stop at Luke, Immler also toured the main Exchange, Express and food court and talked with Airmen.

“The Exchange is committed to making Luke a great place to live and work,” Immler said. “We are dedicated to ensuring Airmen, retirees and their families have a place to shop and dine they can be proud of.”

At Luke, the Exchange is dedicated to providing healthy options at restaurants and Express locations. In the food court, Subway, Charley’s, Popeyes and Burger King all have healthy meals available. The Express is stocked with salads, fresh fruit and snacks so Airmen can make healthy choices. An island cooler makes it easy to grab a fresh, healthy snack on the go.

“It’s important to be mission-ready in both body and spirit,” Immler said. “Offering fresh, healthy choices in a convenient location makes it easier to make the right nutritional decisions.”

Every time Airmen shop the Exchange, grab a snack at the Express or dine at an Exchange restaurant, they are generating funds that help make life better at Luke.

“For every dollar earned, historically 67 cents comes back to the military community through Air Force Services dividends,” Immler said. “Last year, sales at the Luke Exchange generated nearly $523,000 on behalf of services programs. Every time shoppers go to an Exchange, they are improving their entire military community.”

Immler is the first civilian deputy director of the 120-year-old Exchange, which employs approximately 35,500 associates worldwide. In addition, 35 active-duty service members are assigned to the organization.