Fort A.P. Hill, Va. - The senior enlisted advisor for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service visited here Oct. 18.

During his visit, Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson toured Exchange facilities, met with Command Sergeant Major Whitcomb, Soldiers and addressed Exchange-related issues here.

The Exchange is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense with a retail mission to provide quality products, services and food to servicemembers, their families,
Reserve and Guard members, plus military retirees. Exchange sales generate earnings to supplement Army Morale Welfare and Recreation activities as well as Air Force Services programs.

Chief Master Sgt. Pearson is one of 72 active duty servicemembers assigned to Exchange to
carry out this mission; the Exchange also employs more than 42,000 civilian associates worldwide.

"For every dollar earned, 67 cents comes back to the military community from the MWR dividend. Last year Fort A.P. Hill activities got back more than $2,000 -- so shopping at the Exchange is a win-win," said Chief Master Sgt. Pearson. "You get great products at a great price and your spent money comes back to the installation through the dividend."

During his visit, Chief Master Sgt. Pearson met with Fort A.P. Hill customers and Exchange associates, answering questions and concerns about the Exchange.

"Part of my job as the senior enlisted advisor is to visit bases throughout the world and find out what Exchange can do to better to serve its customers and fix existing problems," said Chief Master Sgt. Pearson.

"Also educating our customers on the Exchange benefit is the most important part of my job. Our goal is to be your number one choice for retail shopping. You can go anywhere to purchase an iPod or a TV, but when you buy from the Exchange, that's money going back to support our military and communities," said Chief Master Sgt. Pearson.

"More importantly, military clothing is the only place our military troops can buy uniform items on base without mail ordering them, making it our goal to have what they need when they need it so they can be outfitted properly," he added.

For more information about the Exchange and Exchange programs, visit .