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CIMES December 18, 2008 9 Who is |uthorized to shop AAFES? COMMANDER'S HOLIDAY RECEPTION BY 1 ST L.T. AMBER L LUCKSTEAD 75th Mission Support Group Executive Officer F rom Fort Bragg to Baghdad, military installations the world over are home to more than 3,000 Army and Air Force Exchange Service food, entertainment and retail options. From contractors to tourists to guests, Army posts and Air Force bases host a variety of visitors who often ask, "Who'sauthorized to shop these facilities?" "That's probably the most common question I receive," said AAFES' ri Manager Don Sydlik. "It stands to reason that visitors want to take advantage of the tax relief and competitive prices they've heard so much about, but AAFES doesn't decide who is or isn't authorized." Exchange service authorization actually begins with the House Armed Services Committee and ultimately ends with the installation commander. The guidelines, as prescribed by Army Regulation 60-20 and Air Force Joint Instruction 34210, require proper identification of authorized customers including uniformed personnel and members of the Reserve Components and family members, applicable Department of Defense civilians, exchange associates and retirees who possess a basic exchange purchase privilege authorization card. Some government civilians also enjoy exchange shopping privileges when they are assigned or TDY overseas, or "TDY and residing" in government quarters on posts andbases'in the United States. The access of authorized custom- * ers' guests is regulated by installation commanders who are empowered by service regulations to determine the guest policy for the main exchange at their respective installation. While authorizations governing who can buy merchandise and services can vary from location to location, the doors to AAFES' 2,109 food facilities, including 1,806 name and signature brand outlets, are open to virtually anyone. In fact, DoD policy allows all federal government employees and even installation visitors to dine at AAFES restaurants as long as their orders are consumed on the installation. Anyone who believes they may qualify for exchange benefits including access to the main exchange should contact their local AAFES manager, Don Sydlik, for additional guidance as well as information regarding possible exceptions at •. specific PX/BX locations. Store-level. contact information is available online at www.aafes.com <http://www. aafes.com/> under the BX/PX "Store Locator" link. •••• .-•% rv. ALEX R. LLOYD/U.S. Air Force Base Col. Calvin Williams, 75th Air Base Wing vice commander, and his wife, Linda, visit with Weber State University President Ann Millner at the Commander's Holiday Reception held at Club Hill on Dec. 12. The event traditionally welcomes community leaders to the base for a holiday mingle with Hill Air Force Base leadership. 388th, 419th Fighter Wings help Santa BY LEE ANNE HENSLEY Hilltop Times staff T: ALFONSO LEHMAN/U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chris Lehmon, left, and Sgt Alfonzo Garcia, both of the 388th Component Maintenance Squadron, load a truck bed with bagfuls of presents that will be delivered to foster homes throughout the northern region of Utah on a cold morning Dec. 17 as part of the Christmas Giving Tree project spearheaded by the Utah Foster Care Foundation. |hough Santa's not due for another week, the jolly man got some help from the Airmen of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings delivering presents early Dec. 17 to the children placed in foster care throughout the northern region of Utah. Mindy Lundgreen is the northern region Retention Specialist for the Utah Foster Care Foundation and she says this is the second year both fighter wings have helped distribute more than 500 holiday gifts to local foster homes. "(Senior Master Sgt.) Matt Matysik implemented the program last year and we hope that it will become an annual tradition,'* Lundgreen said. Matysik works in the 419th Maintenance Squadron and he had sent out an e-mail to 388th and 419th Fighter Wings to ask for volunteers to help distribute See HELPERS I page 12 'Death Race' overblown but entertains BY STEVE SALLES Standard-Examiner movie critic A funny thing happened on the way to hating this movie — I didn't. I was fully prepared to despise "Death Race." My expectations couldn't have been lower. So, with full anticipation of suckitude and a scathing review half-written, in my head, I sat down smugly, defiantly and thought: I dare you to entertain me. Shock of all shocks — it did. It's still an overblown cacophony of metal, madness and mayhem, but I must admit, I came out of there with a silly grin on my face. Perhaps it's because I have a reverential awe for Ian McShane, who plays the chief mechanic, Coach. He was once handed the most multilayered and amazingly written character I've ever seen on premium cable, the role of Al Swearengen in the gritty HBO series "Deadwood." I saw a little of Al in Coach, and that made me smile. Then there's Oscar nominee Joan Allen. I had to do a double take when I saw her face on the trailer. Why in the world would this sophisticated and acclaimed actress take a part in a bloody B movie called "Death Race?" What — they couldn't get Julie Andrews? Joan utters one of the funniest lines I've Cruise/Wagner Productions heard all year, but I'll have to modify the language a bit. She says, "Mess with me and Jason Statham is ex-con Jensen Ames forced to participate in a race to See REVIEW I page 13 the death by a notoriously corrupt warden in "Death Race" set in a postindustrialist future. Natalie Martinez plays "Case," his navigator.