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Exchange Celebrates Military Brats Throughout April for Month of the Military Child

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

NEWS RELEASE: 18-029                                                    March 21, 2018


Exchange Celebrates Military Brats Throughout April for Month of the Military Child

 In-Store Events, Giveaways and More Will Honor Sacrifices of These Special Heroes Worldwide

 DALLAS –The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is saluting military brats—our nation’s youngest heroes—throughout April with in-store events and giveaways as well as sweepstakes in honor of the Month of the Military Child.

“The resiliency of military children makes it possible for Soldiers and Airmen to remain focused on their mission,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “These kids are a special part of the military family—they are serving too. The Exchange is privileged to recognize their service and sacrifice.”

To honor Warfighters’ children’s service and fearless spirit, the Exchange is partnering with Vanguard on the first-ever military brat patch, available for free while supplies last at select Main Stores worldwide April 7. Stripes Alterations coupons valued at $5 will allow kids to have the patch sewn on a personal item.

Celebrations continue all month long. In-store family-friendly events let kids explore with Legos, Nerf and more. On April 18, participating Exchange restaurants will Purple Up for Military Kids, offering a free side item, fountain drink or dessert for kids wearing purple.

The Exchange, in partnership with vendors including Ashley, Habsro, Coca-Cola and more, is giving away nearly $50,000 in prizes via sweepstakes throughout April. Authorized shoppers can enter all sweepstakes at //

Each April, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the contributions of Warfighters’ children to the armed forces community. For information about the Exchange’s 2018 Month of the Military Child celebrations, visit //

Soldiers and Airmen can contact their local Exchanges for more information about the military brat patch giveaway, in-store events and the Purple Up treat. For information about your nearest Exchange, please visit the store locator page at //

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 56th-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter at


Media Notes:

 For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or

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Hudson “Bill” Phillips MAMF Brat Liaison

Hudson “Bill” Phillips is the eldest son of a thirty-year career Army Air Corps and Regular Army chaplain. He was born in the Territory of Hawaii at Schofield Barracks in 1933, when officers wore leather boots and Sam Brown belts. He lived at the Statue of Liberty when he was 3 and 4. He lived at Selfridge Field, Michigan while the Air Corps still had WWI two winged Stinsons. He was at Forts Sherman and Davis in the Canal Zone while the military did its business with bugle calls and still used horses and mules. He and his family were evacuated from Panama when it became a war zone in 1941. He experienced war preparation, sleeping in a sandbagged bomb shelter, dodging U-boats in the Caribbean and conducted regular life boat drills.

Bill spent much of the war years in the Miami Beach (South Beach) area among civilians. He visited his father at Camp McCall, North Carolina, where his father trained as division chaplain of the 11th Airborne and jumping out of planes preparing to fight in Europe and the Philippines.  Hudson also attended a massive review for the Free French general Giraud, who was second only to general De Gaulle. Hudson attended high school at Texas Military Institute in San Antonio and served on its honor guard, greeting General Douglas MacArthur (former TMI graduate) when he visited the school and the Alamo. Bill and his family were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where he graduated from Heidelberg American High School in its first graduating class at the old Bunsen Schule in Mark Twain village in 1952. The ‘Cold War’ and Occupation period left a final impression when he witnessed the return of German prisoners of war, from the Soviet Union, at the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.

Following graduation from Colgate University, as a History major, and with an advanced degree in Theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Bill paid his final visit to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and ended his military Brat status. Though he took Air Force ROTC and received an honorable discharge from the Oklahoma 45th Division National Guard, Bill did not serve in active military duty because of his ordination into the Christian ministry in 1959.

His work would lead him through the breadth of American life: the ending of segregation in the South, the peace movement, and the Draft, the emergence of the counter culture and extensive work with emotionally challenged youth and people with special needs.

Bill and his wife Betty returned to Panama to visit the former military bases, see his elementary school classroom and walk up the steps of the former Fort Davis home that he had been evacuated from in 1941. Still a Brat at heart, the Phillips live just outside of Austin, Texas.

MAMF Celebrates One Year in Tijeras, NM

A year ago today, the Museum of the American Military Family opened its doors in the village Tijeras, NM (Right next to Molly’s Bar). What a year it’s been! We’ve hosted nearly 900 visitors, and have hosted movies, book discussion groups and music events. We’ve opened our archives to researchers and have hosted numerous Naturalization ceremonies. We dedicated our Memorial to Military Families…This fall, we will publish two more anthologies: “War Child: Lessons Learned Growing Up in War”, and “SHOUT: Sharing our Truth”. We will open two new exhibits: “Inside Out” and “Host Nation Hospitality”. We will have our cookbook “Homefront Hearth” ready for the new exhibit.

We could not have done it without you—and we cannot continue without your support—it truly takes a village to create our Museum, dedicated to America’s Military Families.

If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook, visit our website, check out our blogs and podcasts…Share our info with your friends and alum groups…

If you like what you see, please consider sending us a story, becoming a member or sending in a tax-free donation…every little bit helps preserve the history of the countless men, women and children who serve alongside those who serve….


Join MAMF at an Overseas Brats Regional Event in Albuquerque

We are pleased to announce that the next regional get-together of Brats who live in the Albuquerque area will happen:

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:30 -9 p.m.

WHERE: Cervantes Restaurant, 5801 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM (telephone: 505-262-2253).

WHO: You and anyone else connected with our special heritage!

WHAT: Annual gathering of Brats like us!
This event is:
FUN! Meaningful! Designed to build up your Brat heritage! Will introduce you to REAL Brat friendships! Economical and accessible!
Over 40 Brats and Educators representing hundreds of bases/communities/overseas schools are interested.
Register at: . Click on Upcoming Events. Then click on Regional Get-Togethers and scroll down to where you see this event mentioned. Registration discount if you register before January 15.

Register for one or more, as you wish!

2017 Upcoming Regionals:
DFW Metro area (Grapevine, TX): Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Oklahoma City, Sunday, January 29, 2017, Noon to 4pm
Albuquerque: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 – 9 pm.
Arizona (Phoenix): Saturday, February 18, 2017 11 am to 4 pm
Southern California (Long Beach): Sunday, February 19, 2017 Noon to 4 pm
Central Texas (San Antonio): Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Houston, Sunday, February 26, 2017, Noon to 4pm