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Coast Guard Exchange opens at Francis S. Gabreski ANG Base

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  • By Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
  • 106th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
Following several months of construction, the Coast Guard Exchange at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base opened its doors Sept. 11 to waiting 106th Rescue Wing Airmen.

The new Exchange triples the floor space of the original, and offers a number of amenities to serve both the on-base Airmen, the local Coast Guard, and retired military members.

The opening featured an invocation by Anthony Vasell and a ribbon cutting by Col. Thomas J. Owens II, the 106th Rescue Wing commander.
"Many people worked diligently over the last four plus years to make the new Coast Guard Exchange a reality here at the 106th Rescue Wing," said Owens. "This is a wonderful facility that will provide a great service to military members and their families. Thanks go out to all our partners for all their hard work to make this ribbon cutting a reality."

The original Exchange was torn down when the base warehouse was replaced with a running track, and the temporary trailer that replaced it was judged insufficient for the Exchange's long-term needs.

In addition to the previously sold merchandise, the new Exchange has expanded its line of uniform, physical training items, and now includes a coffee bar.