AAFES, DeCA partner to sell gift cards

Julia LeDoux
June 17, 2020 - 7:59 am

Defense Commissary Agency

Buying gift cards that can be used at commissaries and Army & Air Force Exchanges is getting a little easier.

The Defense Commissary Agency and AAFES will begin selling their respective gift cards in both commissaries and exchanges beginning June 22, according to a DeCA release.   

Commissaries will now have reciprocal agreements with AAFES and the Navy Exchange Command for gift card sales. DeCA began its partnership with the Navy in May 2018.

“This initiative is another example of the military resale community partnering to offer our customers the best that the installation has to offer for commissary and exchange shopping,”  said DeCa’s senior enlisted advisor to the agency director Army Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal. “Collaborative efforts such as this help reinforce the value of the installation as the No. 1 destination to best serve our service members and their families.”  

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Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, AAFES senior enlisted advisor, said by working together exchanges and commissaries are bringing convenience and value to all who serve.

“Both retailers are all-in to support our warfighters and their families,” he said.

 AAFES cards sold in commissaries will be available in denominations from $5 to $1,500, and commissary cards sold in exchanges will be available in amounts from $5 to $300. Authorized customers must still redeem the gift cards at their respective agency or online. 

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“This collaborative effort illustrates that we are working together in their best interests,’ said Bob Bunch, DeCA’s agency gift card program manager. “In this regard, it isn’t a commissary thing. It isn’t an exchange thing. It’s a military resale thing.”

Over the past three years, commissaries and the individual service exchange organizations have met at an annual joint marketing conference to develop new ways to enhance military resale.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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