Shopping the Nellis AFB Exchange pays dividends

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Airmen and their families who shopped and dined at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants on Nellis Air Force Base generated $547,796 last year for Air Force quality-of-life programs, making Nellis a better place to live and work while promoting readiness and resiliency.

In 2015, Exchange contributed $237 million — up $13 million or nearly 5.5 percent from the previous year — to military quality-of-life programs around the world. In the past 10 years, the Exchange has generated more than $2.4 billion in dividends to youth services, family counseling, physical fitness programs and other activities that make life better for Airmen and their families. At Nellis, these programs include the Youth Program, the Child Development Center and the Warrior Fitness Center. 100 percent of Exchange earnings support Airmen and their families.

“Roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to military quality-of-life programs,” said Nellis Exchange General Manager Lawrence Simmons. “The remaining third is used to build new stores or improve Exchange facilities.”

For example, in 2015, the Exchange updated the shopping center at Nellis, creating a modern shopping experience for Airmen, families and retirees.

The Exchange’s mission of providing quality goods and services at competitively low prices while generating earnings to support quality-of-life efforts means that the Exchange benefit is more than finding a good price on merchandise. This structure ensures that shoppers who take advantage of their benefit at the Nellis Exchange or online at are working to improve their communities.

“Truly, 100 percent of Exchange earnings serve Airmen and their families,” Simmons said. “When customers shop and dine at the Exchange, they are investing in their own community, making it a better place to live and work.”

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