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June 22, 2012

Spotlight

Fort McCoy Exchange

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
The Exchange is a joint military activity with a dual mission of providing goods and services to its customers at installations worldwide at competitively low prices while returning a dividend to support Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs.
PHOTO: Authorized patrons shop and check out at the Express shoppette at Fort McCoy. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Authorized patrons shop and check out at the Express shoppette at Fort McCoy. The Express is a class VI shoppette that includes gas pumps, a Snack Avenue, a DVD vending machine, and an ATM. (Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)

The Exchange Board of Directors is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff.

What have they done?
The Fort McCoy Exchange has offered merchandise, services and food venues in some capacity here for at least the last 100 years. The Exchange facility, building 1538, includes the main Exchange, Express/gas station/class VI, and Specialty Express Food Court.

The food court includes Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe and Anthony’s Pizza. Core services at the main Exchange include a Military Clothing store, a laundry, dry cleaning and alteration shop, and a barber shop.

The West Side Express shoppette and overflow barber shop, building 2662, and tactical field Exchanges, available at Forward Operating Bases (FOB) Liberty and Freedom, are available on a limited basis to support the Fort McCoy training population.

In addition to the Exchange’s core services several concession and contracted services are available at Fort McCoy including a GNC, The Daily Grind coffee shop, Tacos Paisa II food truck (seasonal), Leroy’s Grill food truck located at FOB Liberty (seasonal), the Rustic Inn, building 2000, the Shipping Services Center, building 1649, and the Quartermaster Tactical Gear store, building 1645.The Exchange also offers 162 vending services at Fort McCoy, to include DVD, snack and beverage vending machines.

Authorized Exchange patrons include active-duty, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and their Families. At Fort McCoy, civilian personnel and contractors can purchase immediate-consumption items at the Express and food items from the food court and concessions.

What do they have planned?
The Fort McCoy Exchange recently opened its seasonal venues including the West Side Express, food trucks, and Exchange trailers. The Fort McCoy Exchange does not have any future plans for growth or change.

Why are they important?
Approximately two-thirds of the profits generated by Exchanges are returned to Army and Air Force FMWR programs.

In the past 10 years the Exchange has contributed more than $2.4 billion dollars to FMWR programs. These funds also are used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities without expense to the federal government.

The Fort McCoy Exchange comparison shops competitors frequently to ensure it offers the best-possible prices.

Resources:
For more information about the Fort McCoy Exchange, call 608-296-5585 or 608-388-4134.
For online shopping or more information about the Exchange, visit the website www.shopmyexchange.com.

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