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AAFES senior NCO meets with JBLM service members

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:51PM July 21st, 2014

Senior Enlisted Adviser for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, visited Joint Base Lewis McChord July 15-18.

During his visit, he toured the Exchange facilities, met with Soldiers, Airmen and community members, talking about how the Exchange can better serve them.

“One of the best parts of my job as Senior Enlisted Adviser is connecting with Soldiers and Airmen in person,” he said. “I want our Soldiers and Airmen to know our first duty is to serve them and their families.” He is one of 54 active-duty service members assigned to the Exchange to carry out this mission. The Exchange also employs more than 38,000 civilian associates worldwide. He added the importance of bringing more national brands to JBLM.

“The Exchange wants to be the first choice for Soldiers and Airmen at JBLM, and we’re bringing top brands to our shelves,” Pearson said. “Well-known names such as Michael Kors, Under Armour, Samsung, Nike and more. Those are the types of names we want for the ... Exchanges. Our shoppers deserve a first-class experience.”

When shoppers buy from the Exchange, money goes back to supporting quality-of-life services on the installation, he said.

“The benefit is real,” Pearson said. “For every dollar earned, historically, 67 cents comes back to the military community from the Air Force Services and Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation dividend. Last year sales at the JBLM Exchanges facilities generated more than $1.7 million on behalf of Services and MWR programs. Our shoppers get the product they want and deserve, and their military community is better for it.” For more information about the Exchange and Exchange programs, visit