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MacDill BX now allowed to offer projection TVs

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has received final authorization to sell projection televisions at exchange facilities in the continental United States. The approval came in August, following a letter from the Senate Armed Service Personnel Subcommittee allowing the Defense Department to change its policy and lift restrictions on the sale of projection TVs.

A total of 53 AAFES facilities in the United States, including the MacDill BX, now carry projection TVs ranging from 42 to 61 inches, all with retail prices below $3,500. In the letter allowing projection TVs to be sold in AAFES Exchanges, the senate noted military patrons, like most consumers, want this technology.

The move will let AAFES offer "a more robust exchange benefit," as well as "increase dividends to morale, welfare and recreation programs," said the letter, signed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., the chairman and senior Democrat, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services personnel subcommittee.

While AAFES locations overseas have sold projection televisions for years, an Armed Services Exchange Regulation prohibiting the sale of these items in exchanges located in the United States prevented AAFES from offering a full assortment of "big screen" televisions. (Courtesy of AAFES)

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