Manda Bay AAFES grand opening

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III
  • 435th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Airmen assigned to the 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron welcomed the first Army and Air Force Exchange Service facility at Camp Simba, Manda Bay, Kenya, Oct. 12, 2019.

Deemed “AAFES in a box,” the new exchange offers Airmen a variety of items that were previously inaccessible such as personal hygiene products, batteries, workout supplements, energy drinks, snacks and more.

“Before, Airmen were required to bring a six month supply of anything they needed as they had no means to purchase them locally,” said Master Sgt. Michelle C. Foley, 475th EABS first sergeant. “Other options were to order the items online or obtain them from other Airmen. A challenge of ordering online was that it usually took four-six weeks to arrive.”

This upgrade marks a milestone for camp morale, having the ability to instantly purchase basic supplies or snacks is a huge quality of life improvement for the deployed Airmen.

“The establishment of the Manda Bay AAFES Exchange has had a very positive impact on the morale,” said Lt. Col. Stephany Roth, 475th EABS commander. “Personnel at Camp Simba now have the opportunity to purchase items they previously didn’t have immediate access to purchase, and it’s our responsibility to ensure we meet or exceed their expectations as we continue the Manda Bay AAFES Exchange operation.”

The exchange is the first of many quality of life upgrades coming soon to Camp Simba including a new dining facility and an upgraded gym.