DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service associates are busy assembling banners from deployed troops as part of the “Patriot Family” campaign’s “Back to the Homefront” initiative.
Fifty-five canvas panels signed by deployed troops in Exchanges throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom were returned to AAFES filled with personal messages and thoughts for family, friends and supporters back home.
Messages from the troops include, “Thanks to everybody who supports us, it means a lot,” and “Proud to stand the wall for you, thank you for standing behind us.”
Individual panels have been combined to create larger banners, which will travel to Exchanges throughout the world as part of AAFES’ “Back to the Homefront” program.
Once assembled, the larger banners represent a diverse mix of troops as each is composed of five individual panels from five different locations within Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
The “Back to the Homefront” banners will initially be displayed, on a rotating basis, at the following AAFES locations:
- Fort Lewis, Wash. Fort Riley, Kan.
- Travis AFB, Calif. Offutt AFB, Neb.
- Fort Bliss, Texas Fort Campbell, Ky.
- Fort Carson, Colo. Fort Hood, Texas
- Lackland AFB, Texas Keesler AFB, Miss.
- Fort Sam Houston, Texas Eglin AFB, Fla.
- Fort Belvoir, Va. Fort Bragg, N.C.
- Fort Stewart, Ga. Fort Benning, Ga.
- MacDill AFB, Fla. Patrick AFB, Fla.
- Hickam AFB, Hawaii Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
- Osan AFB, Korea Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
- Kadena AFB, Okinawa Camp Foster, Okinawa
The “Back to the Homefront” program will expand to AAFES European locations when additional banners are received.
“Our responsibility to deployed troops goes beyond 55 Exchanges in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom,” said AAFES’ Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Richard Sheff. “‘Back to the Homefront’ is just another example of AAFES’ continued commitment to every member of the military family.”