Shopping the Hawaii Exchange pays dividends to local FMWR

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Public Affairs

All military and their families shopping and dining at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants in Hawaii Exchange (at Schofield Barracks and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) generated more than $1.3 million last year for Army and $2.3 million for Air Force quality of life programs.

Over the past 10 years, the Exchange has provided more than $2.4 billion in dividends to military programs, including Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS), Hickam Harbor Marina, outdoor recreation and Mamala Bay Golf Course.

Customers who shop at the Schofield Barracks Exchange helped generate more than $1.3 million last year for Army programs. (Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii)

Customers who shop at the Schofield Barracks Exchange helped generate more than $1.3 million last year for Army programs. (Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii)

“Roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to the services’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, while the other third is used to build new stores or renovate facilities,” said Hawaii Exchange general manager Floyd Wynn. “For example, in 2013, we built a brand-new Starbucks located at Tripler Army (Medical Center).”

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 Hawaii Exchange or online at www.shopmyexchange.com are working to improve their communities.

“When customers shop and dine at the Exchange, they are investing in their own community, making it a better place to live and work,” said Denise Stanley, Hickam main store manager. “One hundred percent of Exchange earnings serve military and their families.”

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint nonappropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a board of directors, which is responsible to the secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.

The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating nonappropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

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To find out more about Exchange history and mission, visit www.shopmyexchange.com.

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