AAFES -- 124 years strong

Celebration includes savings for military shoppers

By JBLM Army & Air Force Exchange Service on July 11, 2019

For 124 years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has gone where troops have gone to provide goods and services to warfighters and their families. The Department of Defense's oldest retailer is celebrating its July 25 anniversary with savings for military shoppers.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers, airmen and families can enjoy these great savings:

"It's been an honor for the Exchange to serve warfighters and their families for 124 years," said Michael Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager. "These special savings are to say ‘thank you' to our military shoppers -- the best customers in the world."

An important part of the Exchanges' history is giving back. One hundred percent of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the military community, with about 60 percent of earnings going to quality-of-life programs such as child development, fitness and outdoor recreation centers. Last year, JBLM Exchange shoppers generated more than $4 million for these programs.

In 1895, the War Department issued General Order 46 directing commanders to establish an Exchange at every military installation. Since then, Exchanges have faithfully served alongside military members wherever they are called to serve.

"The Army & Air Force Exchange Service brings convenience and savings to those serving," Einer said. "Whether stationed stateside, overseas or right here at JBLM, troops and their families know the Exchange is there for them."