With Spangdahlem and Bitburg bases finally reaching the point of consolidating, we are seeing stock substantially dwindling. We are being told be staff members that some of the stock is being rerouted or moved to other stores. We are also told regularly to go to KMCC for the products, which is an hour and a half away. Now we are hearing that our new store will be smaller than originally planned so as to not be in competition with KMCC. For a company that is intended to serve the military communities wherever they are located, this is pathetic. With a motto of "we go where you go" we are hearing it reworded for our location to state "we go where you go, but we don't bring the stock....we expect you to come to where we are."
We do not have adequate stock of hosery, undergarments, home and garden, shoes, toiletries/cosmetics, etc. We have limited gas rations and yet we are expected to travel an hour and a half, one way in order to shop.
The Exchange and shopette system is continually tauted as a benefit, yet we are expected to travel and use a great deal o four gas rations and time to reach a decently stocked facility. How is this a benefit?
Perhaps it is something that our congressmen should be aware of and address. Perhpas, larger items such as furniture that our location (a full size base, mind you) will no longer carry should come with free delivery from KMCC to compensate the inconvenience that an entire military community is lacking becuase of inadequate AAFES support. Perhaps, the community of Spangdahlem AB should be provided with appropriate support.
I would welcome an reasonable and valid explanation.