Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
AAFES Extends ‘Chief Chat’ Into New Year • DALLAS
With the pandemic continuing to shape its operations, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is extending its popular “Chief Chat” Facebook live series into 2021, giving the military community exclusive access to military leaders, war heroes, Hollywood stars, athletes, musicians and more.
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor, hosts the live chats at Facebook.com/shopmyexchange to boost morale for Soldiers and Airmen.
“The Exchange has long been a destination for the military community to come together,” Osby said. “When COVID-19 challenged our ability to hold in-store events, we quickly pivoted to an online format to provide military-exclusive events for the Army and Air Force communities the Exchange is honored to serve.
“These interactions with celebrities and military leadership — where viewers engage in real time — allow us to come together and enjoy a unique morale boost during these challenging times.”
Upcoming “Chief Chat” guests include:
• Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, 11 a.m. Central, Jan. 12
• Space Force Senior Enlisted Leader Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, 11 a.m. Central, Jan. 13
• NASCAR driver Austin Wayne Self, 11 a.m. Central, Jan. 26
Past guests include Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston; Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón Colón-López; and a series of Medal of Honor recipients.
Other notable personalities involved in the series have included actors Matthew McConaughey and Mark Wahlberg; actor/sports personality Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; and music personalities Sean “Diddy” Combs and Garth Brooks. All 80-plus episodes can be found on the Exchange’s Facebook playlist.
“In so many of our chats, these big-name stars have been quick to point out who our nation’s real heroes are: service members and military families,” Osby said. “The Exchange is looking forward to bringing more military-exclusive opportunities to the best customers in the world in 2021.”
Due to the continuance of the pandemic, all of the military resale groups have had to adapt to a changing promotional environment. Like AAFES, they have scheduled numerous virtual events to make up for the lack of in-person events due to coronavirus restrictions.
For one, Maine Corps Community Services (MCCS), the entity that oversees the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX), has instituted the “Book Club: Cover to Cover” series, where well-known authors and personalities address their new literary efforts.
Popular author John Grisham and Academy Award-winning actor McConaughey have already participated in this virtual event, with more authors to come.
These events can be accessed at Facebook.com/MarineCorpsExchange.
Source: AAFES, MCX
Edited by Larry Lapka