AAFES Delivers Troops’ ‘Favorite Things’ This Holiday Season Published Dec. 22, 2008 By Chris Ward AAFES Media Contact Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY -- Energy drinks, beef jerky, candy bars and DVDs. These items topped the wish lists of American troops shopping at more than 80 Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) locations throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. In fact, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors picked up nearly four million Monster Energy drinks, over one million Red Bulls and scores of Snickers and Slim Jims in just the past year. By simply logging on to www.aafes.org or calling 800-527-2345, any American can ensure that troops' stockings are full of the things they want this holiday season by sending an AAFES gift card, redeemable at BXs and PXs around the world. "With the holiday season upon us, many military Families will have to spend this very special time of year separated from loved ones," said AAFES' Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. "An AAFES gift card not only helps bridge that gap and improve the morale of troops, but also ensures that they are able to get exactly what they want while reducing shipping expenses for military supporters." AAFES gift cards and gift certificates, up to $500, can be sent to individual service members (designated by the purchaser) or distributed to "any service member" through the Air Force Aid Society, American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation Inc., Navy-Marine Corps Relief, USO or Soldiers Family Assistance Center.