• AAFES deputy visits post, announces improvements

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  • From an Army and Air Force Exchange Service release
    DALLAS — Army and Air Force Exchange Service Deputy Director Mike Immler visited Fort Leavenworth Aug. 24 to meet with Jack Walker, deputy to the Garrison commander, to discuss how the Exchange can best support service members at Fort Leavenworth. Immler also talked with the Exchange team, honoring several associates for their dedication to serving Fort Leavenworth soldiers and families.
    “The Exchange believes in ‘family serving family,’” Immler said. “We take this core value to heart, and associates at Fort Leavenworth have a deep passion for serving that sets the Exchange apart.”
    During his visit, Immler toured the main Exchange, food court, mall, Express locations and other facilities to see firsthand how the Exchange supports the military community at Fort Leavenworth.
    “The Exchange remains focused on bringing terrific brands and great value to soldiers,” Immler said. “We work very hard to deliver the best to our military shoppers.”
    The Exchange strives to ensure the needs of the community are met, Immler said. Renovations will start in the fall on the Express to give it a modern look with new paint, flooring and graphics as well as an updated Snack Avenue. The upgrade is expected to be completed in the winter.
    Later this year, work is expected to begin to bring Kwik Kar to the old car wash space. Kwik Kar will offer two bays for oil changes, tire rotations and minor repairs. A drive-through car wash with attendants, two self-service wash bays and free vacuums will also be available.
    If soldiers can’t find the products they need in store, they can go to shopmyexchange.com, which has been improved to make shopping and order fulfillment easier, Immler said.
    “The Exchange online store is continually being updated to ensure the best brands are just a click away,” he said. “Being able to shop the Exchange online for an expanded product assortment is a key part of our efforts to provide a consistent experience on the Internet or on the installation.”
    On Veterans Day, the Exchange will welcome home all honorably discharged veterans with a lifetime online shopping benefit. Veterans will receive the same pricing and exclusive deals that are available to all authorized shoppers.
    “Veterans are encouraged to verify their eligibility to shop with us beginning Veterans Day at VetVerify.org,” Immler said. “It’s an honor to be able to welcome home and serve our heroes once again.”
    Every time soldiers shop at the Exchange or ShopMyExchange.com, they are generating funds to help make life better at Fort Leavenworth. 100 percent of Exchange earnings support soldiers — roughly two-thirds support quality-of-life programs at Fort Leavenworth and the remaining third goes toward improving the shopping experience.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Last year, sales at the Fort Leavenworth Exchange generated more than $714,000 for quality-of-life programs,” Immler said. “Every time shoppers buy from the Exchange, they are improving their community.”
    A retired Air Fore Reserve colonel, Immler is the first civilian deputy director of the 122-year-old Exchange, which employs about 35,000 associates worldwide. In addition, about 30 active-duty service members are assigned to the Exchange.
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