No cash purchases at AAFES Exchange now

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is enlisting the help of military shoppers in its fight to protect warfighters, families and installation communities from the global spread of COVID-19.

To help keep point-of-sale areas as sanitary as possible, Exchanges are requiring customers to make purchases using a bank-issued credit or debit card, MILITARY STAR card or gift card instead of cash.

The initiative, which also encourages shoppers to minimizelimit cash-back and check-cashing transactions, is expected to furtherstrengthen existing efforts to protect authorized shoppers and Exchange associates, including disinfecting customer service and sales point areas multiple times daily.

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“Paper money and coins can harbor bacteria and viruses long after they change hands,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “While we understand this may cause some inconvenience for customers who primarily pay with cash, we thought it best to put the health and safety of our military communities first and ask for their help in the fight to contain this virus.”

For more on what the Exchange is doing to support military communities during the pandemic, visit the Exchange Community Hub at

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