AAFES shoppers generate $153 million for military communities in 2020

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It matters where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families shop, and authorized Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers are doing their part to strengthen their communities. In 2020, Exchange shoppers generated $153 million for critical military quality-of-life programs.

Whether shopping at the Barksdale base Exchange, the Camp Humphreys post Exchangeor online at ShopMyExchange.com, 100% of Exchange earnings support the military community. In the past 10 years, the Exchange has contributed $2.1 billion to programs that support readiness and resiliency, including child, youth and school services; Armed Forces Recreation Centers; and more.

“While 2020 was a challenging year, the Exchange team leaned forward to deliver safe, sanitized and secure shopping to the communities we are honored to serve,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “The best customers in the world took notice and continued to do their part to strengthen quality-of-life support for warfighters and their families, highlighting that it truly matters where you shop.”

In addition to the Army and Air Force, the Exchange serves Navy and Marine Corps communities at select locations and online. In 2020, dividends to each service totaled:

•           Army:             $89 million                        

•           Air Force:       $48 million                   

•           Marines:         $12 million                               

•           Navy:              $4 million

The Exchange is the 61st largest retailer in the United States. Serving warfighters since 1895, the Exchange offers tax-free shopping and military-exclusive pricing at military installations and remote or austere locations worldwide.  (Courtesy of AAFES)