DALLAS, April 7, 2011 — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service plans to continue operations in the event of an April 8 federal government shutdown, according to a news release issued today.
The exchange service is a non-appropriated fund activity. This means the majority of its budget does not rely on tax dollars, Army Col. Virgil Williams, the exchange service’s chief of staff, said in the release.
If “the federal government shuts down, business at the exchange remains largely unchanged,” Williams said. However, he added, some exchange transactions may be delayed, such as the purchase of firearms which require background checks or other federal government actions.
And in the event of a shutdown, the exchange “will do everything we have to do to continue to support the deployed troops,” Williams said.
U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)