Exchange Director/CEO Focuses on Supporting Healthy Lifestyles at Kadena AB
KADENA AIR BASE – Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull is committed to ensuring Airmen and families at Kadena Air Base have what they need to stay fit and mission-ready.
To understand how the Exchange can best meet the ends of the Kadena community, Shull and Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate toured the Kadena main store, food court, concessions, Olympic Express and Fairchild Express during their visit Sept. 16-17.
“The Exchange team appreciates how much Airmen and their families sacrifice,” Shull said. “Their sacrifices inspire the Exchange team to work even harder to meet their needs.”
Part of meeting the community’s needs is ensuring Airmen have choices to keep them healthy. The Kadena Exchange recently revamped its BE FIT section, giving it the look and feel of a big-box athletic store.
“Name brands that shoppers know and trust, such as Under Armour, Nike and Adidas are prominently featured in the BE FIT area,” Shull said. “It’s a one-stop shop for products that contribute to Airmen’s health and resiliency.”
The commitment to readiness doesn’t stop at the store. For shoppers who want to grab a meal, Kadena’s restaurants, such as Popeyes, Burger King, Charley’s and Subway, and the Express bring a host of healthy options to the table.
“Popeyes offers a blackened chicken salad with only 300 calories—and it’s exclusive to the Exchange,” Shull said. “For those who are looking for a quick grab-and-go bite, our Express locations are stocked with good-for-you choices such as fresh sandwiches, fruit and salads.”
When shopping and dining at the Exchange, Shull said, Airmen do more than save sales tax. Money from every purchase goes back to improving quality of life at Kadena.
“For every dollar earned, historically 67 cents comes back to the military community to support quality-of-life programs,” he said. “In 2015, sales at the Kadena Exchange generated more than $615,000 on behalf of these programs. Every time shoppers buy from the Exchange, they are making life better for their entire military community.”
The Kadena Exchange is committed to treating Airmen, their dependents and retirees like family.
“Since 1895, the Exchange has provided a lifeline to America’s service members and their families,” Shull said, noting that across the organization, roughly 88 percent of Exchange associates have a connection to the military. “The Exchange truly is family serving family.”
Shull is the first civilian to lead the 121-year-old organization, which employs 35,500 civilian associates worldwide. In addition, 35 active-duty service members are assigned to the Exchange.
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