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March 12, 2010

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PX has various levels of service available

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 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/133021p.pdf, require 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 card.

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 http://www.aafes.com/pa/default.asp.

Complete AAFES eligibility is available to those with a military affiliation, be it active-duty, reserve-component or retired and their Family members.

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.

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