FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 23, 2012) -- One of Fort Rucker's newest residents is ready to make an impact on quality of life here as the exchange's new general manager.

"I'm extremely excited to be at Fort Rucker," said Lorenzo Salgado. "Taking care of Soldiers and their Families is my No. 1 priority. I will strive to ensure their needs are met every time they step foot in the exchange."

Salgado comes to Maxwell/Gunter/Fort Rucker Consolidated Exchange from UK Consolidated Exchange, where he was general manager for the past four years. He has 21 years of experience with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and has served at several locations, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Peterson AFB, Colo., and the Yokota Exchange in Japan.

"Much like our customers, I have been on the move throughout my career," said Salgado. "I am anxious to put best practices learned from previous assignments to use here at the Fort Rucker Exchange to provide a great shopping experience."

Making the Fort Rucker Exchange the customer's first choice helps the entire community, as part of the exchange's dual mission is to generate earnings that provide a dividend to support Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. In 2011, Soldiers exercising their benefit by dining and shopping on post generated a dividend of $1,343,284.67.

"These funds are critical to MWR programs' ability to enhance local programs and facilities," said Salgado. "As a result, the dollars that Soldiers and their Families use to shop the exchange generate a healthy return by directly improving quality of life efforts."