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Columbus AFB Exchange partnering with DOD for Smart Fueling Initiative

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE EXCHANGE, Miss. -- The Exchange has introduced several nutrition-related improvements to support the Defense Department Smart Fueling Initiative, a pilot program at Columbus AFB aimed at providing Airmen with healthier nutritional options, and the Exchange’s BE FIT initiative.

“The Exchange is dedicated to helping Airmen at Columbus AFB stay well-nourished and ready for takeoff,” said Gregory Templeton, Columbus AFB Exchange general manager. “We are pleased to bring more options and greater convenience to the military community at Columbus.”

For Airmen on the go, the Exchange has brought better-for-you options to flight line vending machines, including veggie chips, meat sticks and jerky, protein bars and shakes and more.

The Exchange is also making it easier for pilots in training to have a nutritious meal at the flight line by allowing Subway and Taco Bell orders to be placed ahead by phone or email. Orders may be placed any time before 6 p.m. the night before, and pickup can be scheduled any time the following day.

Subway’s Fresh-Fit® menu includes eight sandwiches with 350 calories or fewer. Taco Bell offers seven items with 350 calories or fewer. Subway orders can be placed by calling 662-434-1369 or emailing CAFBSubway@aafes.com. Taco Bell orders can be placed by calling 662-434-1369 or emailing CAFBTacoBell@aafes.com.

Airmen and military family members can also support a BE FIT lifestyle at the Express, which offers healthy grab-and-go fare such as bananas, tuna packs, protein packs, veggie trays and more. The Columbus AFB Express, located at Bldg. 161, is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.