|FORT MCCOY, Wis. (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) — The
Fort McCoy Exchange, building 1538, is paying dividends in more ways
than one as Soldiers exercising their benefit by dining and shopping at
the installation facility last year generated a dividend of $134,398.07.
Soldiers choose items in the
Military Clothing Sales of the Fort McCoy Exchange.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
These funds are critical to the Army Installation Management Command
Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs’ (Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation Command's (FMWRC)) ability to enhance local
programs and facilities including the Community Activity Center, Rumpel
Fitness Center, and McCoy’s.
“The Exchange’s dual mission is to provide goods and services at
competitively low prices and generate earnings to support FMWRC
programs,” said Fort McCoy Exchange Store Manager Neal Smart. “As a
result, the dollars that troops and their Families use to shop the
Exchange or eat at Specialty Express Food Court generate a healthy
return by directly improving Army quality-of-life efforts.”
Steve Ard, the Fort McCoy Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)
general manager, said the purchases by units training at the
installation plays a big role in generating sales that result in the
“Troops training at Fort McCoy at this time of the year purchase a lot
of snack items, such as candy, at the Exchange,” Ard said. “It’s been
really busy here with the Minnesota National Guard conducting
mobilization training and the ongoing exercises, like the Combat Support
Training Exercise and the Patriot Exercise that are under way.”
Ard said AAFES also has an Express store in building 2662 to serve
troops, which currently is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. AAFES hopes to
continue to keep this facility open to provide convenient Exchange
merchandise to Soldiers in that area, he said.
The Exchange’s dual benefit goes far beyond clothes, electronics or
consumables that Soldiers can purchase. In fact, worldwide purchases
made in the past 10 years have provided more than $2.4 billion to
military MWR programs such as Youth Services, post functions and aquatic
Historically, roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to
quality-of life programs, according to AAFES. In addition to funding
these efforts, Exchange earnings are used to build new stores or
renovate existing facilities without expense to the federal government.
Funds to contract these new or replacement facilities also come entirely
from sales of merchandise and services.
For more information about the Exchange or AAFES facilities at Fort
McCoy, contact Crimson Hendricks, 608-269-5585 or