Soldiers in transition can keep shopping the Panzer Exchange

By David Montoya
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service treats active-duty Soldiers like family. When Soldiers transition to Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) status, they remain family to the Exchange, keeping the shopping benefit they’ve earned.

“Soldiers transitioning to IRR status are very much a part of the Exchange family and can still shop at the Panzer Exchange,” said Panzer Exchange Store Manager Sam Shinault. “Their Exchange benefit, including tax-free shopping and competitive prices, remains intact during their time in IRR.”

Soldiers transitioning from active duty and their families can continue to visit the Exchange, Express, mall and food court. They can also shop online at for exclusive military pricing on many items and an expanded merchandise selection.

Besides retaining shopping privileges, those in IRR status keep their MILITARY STAR card benefits. If they don’t have an account, they are eligible to apply for one.

“The MILITARY STAR card offers a competitive interest rate and no late, annual or over-limit fees,” Shinault said. “Cardholders also receive extra savings at Exchange food courts and gas stations, free shipping on and rewards points for every $1 spent.”

To gain access to the installation to shop at the Panzer Exchange, shoppers can apply for an IRR ID card at the installation’s personnel office 72 hours after discharging from active duty.

“It’s been an honor serving these Soldiers while they served our country,” Shinault said. “The Exchange looks forward to being there for them as they transition to IRR status.”