Through Thick…and Thin Mints: Exchange Brings Girl Scout Cookies to Military Families Overseas

DALLAS — A taste of home goes a long way for military families living in Europe and the Pacific. For more than 20 years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has supported Girl Scout troops by shipping their famous cookies to military installations outside of the United States in time for their annual selling season.

In 2019, the Department of Defense’s largest retailer delivered more than 10,000 cases of Girl Scout cookies throughout Europe and more than 7,500 cases in Japan and Korea. This support brings a taste of home and an American tradition to Warfighters and families while underscoring the Exchange’s mission of going where troops go.

“The Exchange is honored to bring some familiar favorites to military families serving overseas,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “In addition to the tasty treats, working with the Girl Scouts provides military children the opportunity to participate in a service activity they might be missing back home.”

Exchange associates Iseea Thomas and David Degroot, who work at the Department of Defense retailer’s Germersheim Distribution Center in Germany, recently volunteered to
drive more than 50 miles in rush-hour traffic to deliver cookies to the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder so the Girl Scouts there would have them to sell over the weekend.

“If the military community needs assistance, and the Exchange can help, we are happy to do it,” Degroot said.

Associates at the Okinawa Distribution Center processed more than 2,500 cases of cookies and delivered them to Girl Scout troops at Kadena Air Base and Camps Courtney, Foster and Kinser. More than 3,000 cases were delivered to stores in mainland Japan, and nearly 2,000 cases were delivered to stores in Korea.

The Exchange starts receiving order requests from the Girl Scouts in late October to early November for the January-March selling season. The Exchange then places and processes the orders on behalf of the Girl Scouts in the United States.

The cookies are shipped either directly from the vendor’s bakery in Louisville, Ky., or through the Exchange’s Dan Daniel Distribution Center in Newport News, Va. It takes four to six weeks for the shipments to travel across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Alexandra Pirkle, 214-312-2143 or

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