Exchange Celebrates military shoppers with more than $500,000 in giveaways in 2022

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrated military shoppers in a big way in 2022—with more than $524,000 given away in prizes.

The Exchange hosts sweepstakes and giveaways throughout the year to thank and reward the military community. Prizes awarded last year include popular products, gift cards, cash and tickets to the Army-Navy game. In all, more than 3,700 shoppers won in 2022.

“I shop at the base all the time. I love going out to the Exchange,” said Lois Quin, a disabled Army Veteran who won a recliner in the Exchange’s Free Friday program. “And it’s fabulous to have online shopping that’s delivered right to your home.”

Quin won by commenting on the weekly Free Friday giveaway post on the Exchange’s Facebook page. Other sweepstakes included the popular MILITARY STAR® card’s Your Holiday Bill Is on Us, in which five grand-prize winners had their card balances paid in full, while another 35 winners received statement credits of $1,000 or $500.

Wright-Patterson kids can also have the chance to win through Month of the Military Child sweepstakes, as well as the You Made the Grade program, which honors military students’ academic excellence with biannual drawings. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average can bring their report cards each grading period to the Wright-Patterson Exchange for a $10 or $20 gift card. They can also enter the worldwide sweepstakes for a chance to win a share of $4,000 in prizes each semester.

“The Exchange gives back not only to the military community through dividends but also to shoppers through sweepstakes and contests,” said Wright-Patterson Exchange general manager Adam Shaw. “I encourage Wright Patterson shoppers to enter for a chance to win great prizes all year long.”

The Exchange hosts sweepstakes year-round. To enter, authorized shoppers 18 years and older can visit To participate in the Free Friday drawings, shoppers can follow the Exchange on Facebook at For the You Made the Grade program, students can visit the Wright Patterson BX customer service desk.

Wright-Patterson Exchange to offer free makeovers, giveaways at beauty event

Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can glam up their beauty routines with in-store makeovers and demonstrations at the Exchange’s Return to Beauty event.

The Wright-Patterson Exchange will host the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6, giving military shoppers a chance to sign up with their favorite brands for a free makeover, participate in giveaways, and learn more about beauty, fragrance and skincare offerings.

“We’re excited to offer an opportunity for the Wright Patterson community to get to know our beauty advisors and associates,” said Wright Patterson Exchange general manager Adam Shaw. “This event is a great way to learn more about what’s trending and popular in the beauty industry—just in time for Mother’s Day.”

For more information on the event, shoppers can contact the main Exchange at 937-879-5730.

Tune in for upcoming “Beauty Live” episodes in May with Philosophy, Farmacy and Sol De Janiero brand representatives on the Exchange’s Facebook page. Shoppers can also view past “Beauty Live” episodes from Shiseido, Bare Minerals, Philosophy, Black Radiance, Jack Black, Murad and more on the Exchange Facebook video playlist.

MILITARY STAR Cardholders Save at the Pump Year-Round

Gas prices may fluctuate, but one thing stays constant for the Wright-Patterson community: fuel savings with the MILITARY STAR® card.

Airmen, retirees, military families and other authorized shoppers who use their MILITARY STAR card at the Wright Patterson Army & Air Force Exchange Service Expresses save five cents on every gallon of gas.

“With the MILITARY STAR card, the savings add up,” said Wright Patterson Exchange general manager Adam Shaw. “The fuel discount is one of the everyday ways the card helps Wright Patterson shoppers’ trim costs.”

In 2022, the fuel discount saved cardholders worldwide more than $3 million, part of the $435 million annual benefit MILITARY STAR provided to the military community through exclusive card offers and benefits.

Cardholders also earn unlimited 2% in rewards on purchases and receive additional card perks, such as:

  • 10% off at participating Exchange restaurants.
  • 10% off all first-day purchases for new cardholders.
  • Free shipping on all and orders.
  • The lowest flat-rate APR among store cards—rate is offered to all cardholders upon account approval.
  • No annual, late or over-limit fees.
  • Reduced-interest deployment plan with no payments required for eligible cardholders.

Shoppers who use MILITARY STAR and patronize the Wright Patterson Exchange—including the Expresses—not only save but give back, as 100% of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the military communities it serves. In the last 10 years, the Exchange has provided $3.5 billion in earnings worldwide for critical on-installation quality-of-life programs that make life better for service members and families.