NEWS | June 13, 2014

Shopping the Joint Base Charleston Exchange pays dividends

By Shopping the Joint Base Charleston Exchange pays dividends

Airmen, Sailors and their families shopping and dining at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants on JB Charleston generated $456,629.26 last year for Air Force quality-of-life programs.

During the past 10 years, the Exchange has provided more than $2.4 billion in dividends to military programs including the Outdoor Recreation Center, Star Lifter Lanes and Wrenwoods Golf Course.

"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 Mary Anderson-Taylor, JB Charleston Exchange assistant store manager.

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 JB Charleston Exchange or online at 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," Anderson-Taylor said. "100 percent of Exchange earnings serve Airmen and their families."