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Vol. 1, No. 2 | Friday, October 28, 2022

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center hosted the 17th annual Pumpkin Chuck Oct. 15 at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force grounds. The event aims to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math career-fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

National Public Lands Day tree planting event at the Wright Brothers Memorial Oct. 14, 2022, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. WPAFB received a Department of Defense Legacy Award through the National Environmental Education Foundation which donated the trees that were planted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jaima Fogg)

Anthony Brinkley talks to Airmen about resiliency during one of his presentations in the USO auditorium Oct. 20, 2022, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Brinkley, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, stressed the importance of self-care for all personnel in the chain of command, including taking advantage of available mental health resources. He conducted five sessions geared for leadership teams, junior enlisted, NCOs, senior NCOs, company and field grade officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

An Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise was conducted Oct. 13, 2022, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The exercise helped the installation assess mission readiness during an interruption of power to base facilities in a controlled environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jaima Fogg)

Community and Base Events

Shoppers get free layaway ahead of holidays

Military shoppers can check everything off their wish lists early with AAFES fee-free layaway.

The Wright-Patterson Exchange is waiving its layaway service fee of $3 on toys, bikes, computers, laptops, tablets, iPads, notebooks, smartwatches and more when layaways are paid in full and picked up by close of business Dec. 24.

“Getting a head start on holiday shopping is easy with the Exchange’s fee-free layaway,” Shaw said. “Shoppers can stock up on gifts for loved ones at military-exclusive pricing, always tax-free and without the layaway service fee.”

To place items on layaway, military shoppers must pay a 15% purchase-price deposit. Items included in the “12 Weeks of Black Friday Deals” are excluded from being placed on layaway. Shoppers can visit the customer service desk for more details.

Sign up for Exchange’s gift-wrap program

Local volunteer groups looking to raise money and holiday spirits can join with AAFES to provide gift wrapping for military shoppers.

The Wright-Patterson Exchange will provide wrapping paper, tape and other supplies for volunteer groups to set up their stations. Groups can seek donations for the gift wrapping.

“The Exchange is pleased to bring back this great program that benefits the whole community,” Shaw said. “Our local groups have a chance to fund-raise, and shoppers save valuable time and effort getting ready for the holidays.”

This year, groups can sign up to wrap gifts from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Send an email to for more information and to reserve your time.


Pain at pump? MILITARY STAR card offers everyday savings

As gas prices fluctuate, the MILITARY STAR card is offering steady savings, including 5 cents off per gallon at Wright-Patterson AFB’s Kittyhawk and Area B Express locations.

“Gas support is a significant quality-of-life service, and the MILITARY STAR card is a great tool to mitigate rising pump prices,” Shaw said. “The MILITARY STAR card’s everyday fuel discount keeps Wright-Patterson drivers, and their budgets, on track.”

It matters where the military community fills up. Cardholder savings add up when refueling at the Kittyhawk and Area B Express, as drivers save 5 cents a gallon and earn 2% in rewards points on purchases.

Last year, MILITARY STAR cardholders saved more than $3 million at Exchange pumps, part of the $408 million in value the card provides the military community annually.

Other MILITARY STAR card benefits include:

  • 10% off at Exchange restaurants

  • 10% off all first-day purchases for new account holders

  • Free shipping on all orders

  • The lowest flat annual percentage rate 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

The MILITARY STAR card also strengthens the hard-earned benefits of Airmen and their families by reducing the costs of bank-issued credit card transaction fees, savings that add up to millions of dollars a year at Exchanges worldwide. These savings are critical to improving key quality-of-life programs, as 100% of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the military community.

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