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NEWS | June 15, 2016

Shopping the Joint Base Charleston Exchange Pays Dividend

By Joe Puryear Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Airmen and Sailors and their families who shopped and dined at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants on JB Charleston generated $426,475 last year for Air Force quality-of-life programs, making JB Charleston a better place to live and work while promoting readiness and resiliency.

In 2015, the exchange contributed $237 million to military quality-of-life programs around the world, up $13 million, nearly 5.5 percent from the previous year. In the past 10 years, the exchange has generated more than $2.4 billion in dividends to youth services, family counseling, physical fitness programs and other activities to improve the lives of Airmen and Sailors and their families. At JB Charleston, these programs include Starlifter Bowling Center, Wrenwood Golf Course and Rookies Sports Grill. 100 percent of exchange earnings support Airmen and Sailors and their families.

"Roughly two-thirds of exchange earnings are paid to military quality-of-life programs," said JB Charleston Exchange General Manager, Common Orris. "The remaining third is used to build new stores or improve exchange facilities to improve customers' shopping experiences."

The exchange's mission of providing quality goods and services at competitively low prices while generating earnings to support quality-of-life efforts means the exchange benefit is more than finding a good price on merchandise. Shoppers who take advantage of their benefit at the JB Charleston Exchange or online at are working to improve their communities.

"Truly, 100 percent of exchange earnings serve Airmen and Sailors and their families," Orris said. "When customers shop and dine at the exchange, they are investing in their own community, making it a better place to live and work."