FORT MCCOY (Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs) —
Bring a contractor, Family member, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian
or other visitor to Fort McCoy and among the first words out of their
mouth typically are, “Who can shop at the exchange?”
While authorizations governing who can buy merchandise and services at
the Post Exchange (PX), building 1538, often apply to a chosen few, the
doors to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s (AAFES) fast food and
convenience stores, including Anthony’s Pizza and Robin Hood at the PX’s
food court, the Rustic Inn located in building 2000, as well as the
Shoppette, are open to virtually anyone looking for a quick bite to eat.
In fact, Department of Defense (DoD) policy allows all federal
government employees, and even installation visitors, to dine at AAFES
restaurants as long as their orders are consumed on the installation.
Furthermore, anyone can purchase single-serve consumables from a
Shoppette, an option that is especially valuable late at night
considering the Shoppette is open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays
and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
“The ‘Snack Avenue’ inside most AAFES Shoppettes offers a robust
selection of single-serve consumables,” said Fort McCoy AAFES General
Manager Donna Walton. “Candy bars, soft drinks and even hot dogs can be
picked up by just about anyone with business on the installation.”
Exchange service authorization begins with the House Armed Services
Committee and ultimately ends with the Fort McCoy commander.
The guidelines, as prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force
Instruction 34-211 (I)
http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r215_8.pdf and the Armed
Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21
proper identification of authorized customers, including uniformed
personnel and members of the Reserve Components and Family members,
applicable DoD civilians, exchange associates, retirees and their
dependents who possess a basic exchange purchase privilege authorization
AAFES is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors that 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
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 visit the Web site at
Complete AAFES eligibility is available to those with a military
affiliation, be it active-duty, reserve-component or retired and their
Anyone who believes they may qualify for exchange benefits, including
access to the main PX, can contact Crimson Hendricks at 608-269-5585 for
additional guidance as well as information regarding possible exceptions
at Fort McCoy.