Right-sized inventories, streamlined logistics and a sustained focus on accountability paid off for military Families last year as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service delivered more than $272 million in support to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs in FY 2007.
“The dividend represents an increase of approximately 17 percent over FY 2006,” said AAFES’ Commander Brig. Gen. Keith Thurgood. “This proves that even during tough economic times, the exchange benefit can thrive and remain a relevant quality of life enhancement for its shareholders, the authorized military shoppers who make the BX or PX their first choice.”
With a mission to provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support MWR programs, the dual benefit AAFES provides military Families goes far beyond the clothes, electronics or consumables available at the exchange. Shoppers who exercise their exchange benefit at the BX/PX, online at www.aafes.com or over the phone through the Exchange Catalog actually help make the military community a better place to live and work. In fact, purchases made in the past 10 years have provided more than $2.4 billion to military MWR programs such as Youth Services, post functions and aquatic centers.
“AAFES continues to be a major non-pay benefit, of nearly $2 billion annually, for today’s military because the dollars troops and their families save and spend at the exchange generate a healthy return on investment that directly improves critical quality of life services,” said Thurgood.
Historically, roughly two-thirds of AAFES earnings are paid to MWR programs. In addition to funding MWR efforts, AAFES earnings are used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities without expense to the Federal government. Funds to contract these new or replacement facilities also come entirely from sales of merchandise and services.
AAFES support to the military in FY 2007 was not limited to Soldiers and Airmen. Because AAFES operates at Marine and Navy locations, AAFES was also able to return funds to Marines and Sailors. The FY 2007 projected dividend of $272.7 million was distributed as follows:
Army National Guard: $20.1M
Air Force: $91.4M
About The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES): AAFES is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and is directed by a Board of Directors who is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about AAFES' history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.aafes.com/pa/default.asp.