Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Focuses on Taking Care of Families at Buckley AFB

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  • By Julie Mitchell, Army and Air Force Exchange Service corporate communication writer
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor is ensuring Airmen and their loved ones are taken care of at Buckley Air Force Base with convenience and value that’s focused on young families.

During his visit to Buckley Air Force Base on March 21 and March 23, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes toured the main Exchange, mall and food court for a first-hand look at how the Exchange benefit is supporting the community. Reyes met with Team Buckley’s First Sergeants and group chiefs to address the value the Exchange provides.

“Raising a family is hard,” Reyes said. “The Exchange strives to make it more affordable by offering value, convenience and brands parents can depend on for clothing, shoes and even diapers. This is a tremendous benefit. Parents on a budget can walk in and buy a complete outfit for their kids for $20 or less.” 

Every time Airmen and families shop their Exchange, they generate support that makes life better at Buckley.  For every dollar the Exchange earns, historically 67 cents is returned to military Quality of Life programs, including Buckley’s Outdoor Recreation programs, combat uniform support and more.

“Last year, sales at the Buckley Exchange generated more than $455,000 on behalf of critical Quality-of-Life programs, such as Outdoor Recreation, combat uniform support and more. Every time Airmen shop the Exchange, they are doing their part to make Buckley a great place to raise a family.”

Reyes is one of about 30 active-duty service members assigned to the Exchange. The Exchange also employs approximately 34,000 civilian associates worldwide. During his visit, he thanked Buckley Exchange associates for their passion and dedication.

“Since 1895, the Exchange has provided a lifeline to our Nation’s service members and their families,” Reyes said, noting that 81 percent of Buckley Exchange associates have a military connection. “The Exchange is family serving family. Whether supporting troops downrange or here at home, our team is committed to serving those who serve wherever their services take them.”