AAFES improving quality of life for Airmen, Guardians

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SCHRIEVER SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor is ensuring Airmen and Guardians assigned to the Peterson-Schriever Garrison have what they need to stay ready and resilient.

During a weeklong visit to Colorado Springs, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin D. Osby toured the Exchange shopping center, restaurants and Express stores at Peterson Space Force Base and Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado.

Osby also met with leaders from both bases to focus on how the Department of Defense retailer can improve the quality of life for the Peterson and Schriever communities. Osby sat down with U.S. Air Force Col. Ericka S. Farmer-Hill, P-S GAR vice commander and 50th Mission Support Group commander at Schriever SFB,Feb. 7, 2022.

On Feb. 11, Osby met with U.S. Air Force Col. David. J. Wilson, P-S GAR vice commander and 21st MSG commander; U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Hurst, 21st MSG superintendent; and Kevin Sorensen, 21st Force Support Squadron deputy director.

“The Exchange is all in to make the Peterson and Schriever installations great places to work and live,” said Osby, one of about 30 active-duty service members assigned to the Exchange. “We’re committed to expanding and improving our services and options to best serve the community.”

As part of its improvement efforts, the Exchange is planning to open a second micro market—a self-serve convenience store offering food, drinks and more—at Schriever SFB. Later this year, the Peterson SFB Exchange will begin renovations to the shopping center with updated floors and fixtures for a more modern shopping experience.

Every time Airmen and Guardians shop their Exchange—whether in person or at ShopMyExchange.com—they are strengthening their community. 100% of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the military community through funding for critical programs, as well as capital improvements. In 2020, the Peterson SFB Exchange generated $468,000 for on-base Quality-of-Life programs while the Schriever SFB Exchange generated $83,000.

“It matters where you shop,” Osby said. “Small changes can make a big difference in a community. The Exchange is passionate about enhancing the quality of life for our heroes.”