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Exchange contributes to MWR impact

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  • By Airman Basic Anthony Jennings
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
The Base Exchange is considered by many as much more than a convenient shopping center for military servicemembers and their families. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services, recently renamed the Exchange, also plays a key role in the funding for Morale Welfare and Recreation Programs.

According to the Air Force Services Agency, MWR programs have been recognized as essential for creating and maintaining the morale of military personnel.

"MWR programs are absolutely vital to the base community," said Lori Propes, 36th Force Support Squadron deputy director. "Since the beginning of the year, more than $4,300,000 has been allocated for Andersen AFB. Aside from the Non-Appropriated Funds programs, every dollar pumped directly into the MWR facilities and programs here on base."

MWR programs are the primary funding for facilities such as the bowling alley, HotSpot and swimming pool, to name a few. It is a network of support and leisure services designed for use by military servicemembers, their families, civilian employees, and other eligible participants.

Although the services and facilities provided vary from base to base, the types of programs provided can include fitness centers, pools, marinas, bowling centers, golf courses, restaurants, conference centers, catering, and programs for single Airmen such as the HotSpot.

"By shopping at the Exchange, you're directly providing more funding the Department of Defense can use to build and maintain better facilities because just about every dollar in revenue is pumped right back into the base community," said Terry Veney, BX main store manager.

The Exchange sponsors programs here on base such as the Yard of the Quarter, encouraging and rewarding servicemembers who do their part keeping Andersen beautiful.

The Exchange is also a proud sponsor of the You Made the Grade program, rewarding students who maintain B plus or above grades with store coupons and the opportunity to win $1,000, $3,000, or a $5,000 savings bond.

"We strive to continuously improve the quality of life here on Andersen by developing a long-life, emotional connection with our customers," said Terry. "We want our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines to go back to the states and continue to shop Exchange; to know we are here for them and will continue to be here for our military and their family."

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