Thank you for stopping by.  Today, we power down our blog, Salute To Your Service, and what a ride it has been!  When we created our Salute to Your Service blog five years ago, it was hard to picture all we’d do and all we’d accomplish.  We’ve loved writing here.  The support and loyal visitors we’ve grown in just a very short time.  Our ultimate purpose was to create a blog that provided valuable information that our fans could use, share or benefit from each and every week.  Whether it was passing along great savings to our customers’, contest giveaways, sharing tips for a healthier you or just providing some fun fact knowledge that you could share with your friends and family.  All was created to share a little piece of us with you and hope we accomplished that.  We will also miss our guest bloggers who graciously took the time to share their personal stories and experiences with us and our fans.

          Remember, if we’re friends with you on Facebook, talk with you on Twitter, G+ or anywhere else that we’re known to frequent; we won’t be going anywhere.  And if you’re not connected, please do!  There are many ways that you can stay connected with us.  We would love for you to “Like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already,, tweet us your comments and thoughts on our Twitter handle, Pin Us on, follow us on Instagram,, watch us on YouTube, AAFESsalutes.

          We extend a very big heartfelt THANK YOU.  Those of you who have kept reading, left comments, entered many a contest and shown your support, mean more to us than any blog post could ever convey.  We SALUTE and THANK YOU and your families for your continued service, dedication and sacrifices you make for us and our country.  We are truly humbled by your strength, courage and bravery.  So for now…it’s goodbye from us at Salute To Your Service.


The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Spouse Employer title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the Military Friendly Employers title via a data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

The Exchange aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage.

“I’m delighted to hear the great news in being recognized for our superb efforts to hire military spouses,” said Exchange Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward. “Our military spouses play such a huge role in supporting our troops–it is wonderful to see so many companies, to include the Exchange, recognize what they bring to the fight. Our military spouses truly represent our motto: family serving family.”

Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers® media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at The Exchange will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers, in the January edition of “Military Spouse Magazine” and online at


Black Friday 2013

November 27, 2013

Black Friday GuideBlack Friday 2013 is just around the corner! Use this as your Exchange shopping guide this holiday season.

Online: Special online only deals for Thanksgiving day effective at midnight Central Standard Time on! Great one-day offers on Friday and Saturday too! Don’t forget to check the deals on cyber Monday!!

Exchange Stores: Black Friday opening times are 4am for CONUS, 7am in the Pacific, and 8am for Europe. New deals available for the Saturday sale also!

    • Timed Events: Special timed savings event throughout the day. See your local Exchange for deals and times.
    • Take a Ticket: Exchange stores will be handing out tickets for designated doorbusters. Check out this video for more details.

Ads: Be sure to check here for the most current ad pricing for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday (ads are localized by region).

Layaway: Click image for more details about our layaway.



Ring in holiday cheer by shopping for the season’s hottest toys at Army & Air Force Exchange Service savings with this year’s in-store and online toy selections. The “Special Delivery: Exchange Toys” shopping guide is available for pick up at nearby Exchanges and features assorted coupons to stretch holiday giving.

Santa’s helpers can shop in-store or online. Layaway helps keep surprises away from prying eyes, available until Christmas Eve, while shopping the Exchange online delivers the savings with free shipping on most items.

This year’s “Special Delivery: Exchange Toys” guide features the season’s most popular gifts, such as Leapfrog’s LeapPad2, EZ Bake Ultimate Ovens, Lalaloopsy toys, Transformers action figures, Monsters University toys and much more.

Toybook items can be ordered online at or shoppers may visit their local Exchange to enjoy selection, value and savings. Online purchases made with the Military Star Card get free shipping on orders of $49 or more. In-store shoppers can use the fee-free holiday layaway now through December 24th, keeping gifts safely out of sight until the coast is clear for special delivery. Stop by Exchange customer service to learn more.

And don’t forget, the lowest price is what you pay with the Exchange’s holiday extended price guarantee. Now through December 24th, if you find the identical item at a local competitor for less, bring in your receipt and a competitor’s ad to customer service and the Exchange will give you a gift card for the difference.  For all your holiday needs, check out the Exchange selections, in-store and online, today!


1398006_10151729798142756_1329371136_oA picture may be worth a thousand words but in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s latest contest a picture and 50 words could be worth $10,000.

From Nov. 1-Dec. 31, authorized shoppers can enter the “Homeward Bound” contest by submitting a picture or video of a military welcome home experience, along with a 50-word or less description, for a shot at the $10,000 Exchange gift card grand prize.

“We’ve all been moved by video footage and pictures of military members returning to their families,” said ­­­­ the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “We are excited to see the stirring submissions competing to land the $10,000 prize.”

In addition to the grand prize, the second-place winner will receive a $5,000 gift card and third place will take home a $2,000 gift card.

The “Homeward Bound” contest is open to all authorized Exchange shoppers 18 years or older. Complete rules and entry instructions can be found at


It’s not the1385820_10151784304177713_815753918_n gift, but the thought that counts. This year the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering any American the opportunity to get them both right by purchasing an Exchange gift card for any servicemember with just a few clicks.

“Gift cards give Soldiers and Airmen the choice to buy the things they need when they want them,” said Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “An Exchange gift card is especially great if you want to show your support for the troops, but just don’t quite know how.”

Gift cards offer a unique take on the idea of sending servicemembers care packages. The Exchange operates more than 30 Exchanges in contingency locations including Afghanistan, Jordan and Kuwait. Sending a gift card instead of a care package allows troops to choose the name brands and products they want, saving the sender unnecessary and costly postage fees.

While only authorized military shoppers can redeem Exchange gift cards, any American can send one by simply logging on to and clicking “Support Your Troops” and then the “Gift and Calling Cards” icon.

From there, Exchange gift cards, ranging in values from $10 to $500, can be addressed to a specific Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine or sent to “any service member” through the Fisher House Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, Warrior and Family Support Center or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The Exchange operates facilities for service members, retirees and their families in more than 30 countries, 50 states and five U.S. territories. Current operations include 131 main stores, 174 Military Clothing facilities, 72 movie theaters, 850 specialty stores and 1,590 quick serve restaurants such as Taco Bell, Popeye’s and Starbucks.


While all members of the military community make tremendous sacrifices in service to the United States, it takes a special breed to volunteer while off-duty or after retirement. From Sept. 20 to Oct. 18, authorized Army & Air Force Exchange shoppers can submit an essay of 200 words or less nominating any authorized shopper Still serving web imageembodying these qualities for a chance to win a cash prize in the Exchange’s “Serving the Military Community” contest. One first-place volunteer will receive a $1,000 prize. Two second-place winners will receive $500 prizes and four third-place winners will receive $250. All winners will be featured online at and the Exchange Facebook page. “When former or current military service members and their families volunteer, it improves the local community for everyone,” said the Exchange’s Chief of Staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. “We’re pleased to highlight those who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.” Submissions must include the entrant’s full name, mail, email addresses and telephone number, as well as the nominee’s name, rank, branch of service, job title or volunteer description. For complete rules, contest details and how to enter, visit


As temperatures heat up this summer, the discounts inside direct operated Army and Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are getting cooler for MILITARY STAR® card holders.

Now through Sept. 21, every food or drink order made with a MILITARY STAR® card will be discounted by 20 percent – a full 79 days of savings.

“With all of the other great discounts and contests available to Exchange customers, this is truly shaping up to be a summer of savings,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “The MILITARY STAR® card already provides its members with many year-round discounts, so promotions like these are just another added perk and ‘thank you’ for shoppers’ service and sacrifice.”

MILITARY STAR® card users are also entitled to a year-round five-cent discount on Express fuel purchases. For information on the MILITARY STAR® card, visit



The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Proctor and Gamble have teamed up to give five Exchange shoppers the opportunity to “clean up” to the tune of $1,500 in the “Free Tide for a Year” sweepstakes.

From July 26-Aug. 29, authorized shoppers can enter at Exchange stores worldwide for the opportunity to win one of five $1,500 Exchange gift cards.

“With summer upon us and the kids out of school, what parent couldn’t use a little extra spending money for laundry supplies or other necessities from the Exchange?” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “It’s as simple as visiting your local Exchange and filling out an entry form.”

Entrants must be 18 years of age or over and the winners will be announced on or about October 4.