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Exchanges Plan to Stay Open During Shutdown

Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DALLAS, April 7, 2011 – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service plans to continue operations in the event of an April 8 federal government shutdown, according to a news release issued today.

The exchange service is a non-appropriated fund activity. This means the majority of its budget does not rely on tax dollars, Army Col. Virgil Williams, the exchange service’s chief of staff, said in the release.

If “the federal government shuts down, business at the exchange remains largely unchanged,” Williams said. However, he added, some exchange transactions may be delayed, such as the purchase of firearms which require background checks or other federal government actions.

And in the event of a shutdown, the exchange “will do everything we have to do to continue to support the deployed troops," Williams said.


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4/9/2011 12:18:05 AM
At least some one cares about our troops overseas and their familys... Thank You
- Terri, washington state

4/8/2011 3:46:29 PM
The exchnges prices are so high I cannot believe that our Military Men and Women are getting gouged by the very people that should be bringing lower costs and better products to the exchanges.
- Stephen Campbell, Texas

4/7/2011 11:37:37 PM
Will the government shutdown affect my paycheck? I am a DOD employee working for the Navy Exchange.
- Crystal, Lemoore, CA

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