Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor visits Bradley Air National Guard Base Published Sept. 23, 2014 By Julie Mitchell Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs Bradley Air National Guard Base -- The Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service visited Bradley Air National Guard Base on Sept. 18. During his visit, Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson toured Exchange facilities and talked with Airmen about how the Exchange can better serve them. "One of the best parts of my job as Senior Enlisted Advisor is connecting with Airmen in person to find out how the Exchange can serve them better," he said. "I'm excited to visit Bradley Air National Guard Base, and I want our Airmen to know our first duty is to serve them and their families." Chief Master Sgt. Pearson is one of 52 active duty service members assigned to the Exchange to carry out this mission. The Exchange also employs 36,000 civilian associates worldwide. During his visit, Chief Master Sgt. Pearson met with Bradley shoppers and Exchange associates, answering questions about the Exchange. "The Exchange wants to be the first choice for Airmen at Bradley," Chief Master Sgt. Pearson said. "Exchange prices on name brands are remarkably competitive. And, we're always tax-free. This is a tremendous savings." When shoppers buy from the Exchange, money goes back to supporting quality-of-life services on the installation, he said. "The benefit is real," Chief Master Sgt. Pearson said. "For every dollar earned, historically 67 cents comes back to the military community for the Air Force Services dividend. Our shoppers get the products they want and deserve, and their military community is better for it." The Exchange is a joint nonappropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense with a retail mission to provide quality products, services and food to service members, their families, Reserve and Guard members, plus military retirees. Exchange sales generate earnings to supplement Air Force Services. For more information about the Exchange and Exchange programs, visit shopmyexchange.com.