Exchange Offers Many Hidden Values to Service Members
By 2nd Lt Erik Svendsen, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 05, 2009
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
The Columbus AFB Exchange may be small, but it offers the value of larger stores without the lines. Take advantage of savings at your local BX and your money will be reinvested into the base.
AAFES offers a variety of ways to save money. Gas prices on base, for example, are matched to that of the cheapest in the local area, and the gas at the shoppette contains no ethanol, so you'll be getting a better value per gallon. Use your Military StarSM Card at the pump and instantly save five cents per gallon. In addition, on Nov. 11, Veterans' Day, military shoppers using the StarSM Card will take advantage of 11 cents off per gallon. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 and Dec. 28 to Jan 1, the savings soar to 20 cents per gallon for StarSM Card users.
Even more savings are available inside the BX. Not only are purchases sales tax free, but prices of products are matched with those in town. Want a product not available in our BX? The Columbus AFB BX will even ship in products from other BXs located in CONUS for free.
If the savings aren't reason enough to shop at the BX, do it to reinvest into your base. "Historically, roughly two-thirds of AAFES earnings are paid to Services programs with the other third used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities," said the Columbus AFB Exchange General Manager, Jerry Herron. Profits from merchandise bought on AAFES online are reinvested into the base nearest to the customer's billing address as well. The AAFES payout came to a total of $248,796 to Columbus AFB in 2008. This money helps pay for Services activities such as the Columbus Club, Outdoor Recreation, the Youth Center, and the Whispering Pines Golf Course.
In an effort to be more appealing to customers, the BX will start offering more popular brand-name items such as Craftsman tools and Coach purses. The BX will also extend its hours during the months of November and December. On Mondays the BX will be open until 6 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be open until 7 p.m.
Check the calendar for daily savings.