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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service at Camp Zama, Japan, recently provided a dividend of $732,226 to Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs that benefit post organizations such as Army Community Service, Child and Youth Service, and Outdoor Recreation.

Purchases made by soldiers at the main exchange, shoppette, food court and other AAFES activities at Camp Zama generated more than $23 million last year, according to AAFES. Historically, about 67 percent of AAFES earnings are paid to MWR programs.

“AAFES supports the mission of the services’ MWR to improve the troops’ quality of life and the well-being of the overall military community,” Dwight Marcus, the Camp Zama Exchange’s general manager, said in a release. “These contributions to the U.S. armed forces and their families make AAFES a major non-pay benefit to customers. … Every time troops shop at the exchange, they provide support to MWR programs, facilities and nonappropriated fund construction projects.”

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