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NEWS | Aug. 1, 2012

Troops’ investment in the JB Charleston Exchange pays off for entire community

By Army & Air Force Exchange public affairs

The JB Charleston Exchange is paying dividends in more ways than one as military members exercising their benefit by dining and shopping on base last year generated a dividend of $ 451,847.25.

These funds are critical to the Air Force Service's ability to enhance local programs and facilities including the JB Charleston - Air Base Aero Club, the Gaylor Dining Facility and Starlifter Lanes.

"Historically, roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs while the other third is used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities," said Common Orris, Charleston's Army and Air Force Exchange general manager. "As a result, authorized shoppers are essentially investing in a benefit that generates a healthy return by directly improving Air Force quality of life efforts."

With a mission to provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support quality of life efforts, the dual benefit the Exchange provides goes far beyond the clothes, electronics and snacks on shelves.

Shoppers who visit the Exchange, either online, at or in person here at JB Charleston, actually help make the military community a better place to live and work. In fact, purchases made at Exchange operations in the past 10 years have provided more than $2.4 billion to military programs such as Youth Services, post functions, gyms and aquatic centers.