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Free Marvel comics flying onto Vandenberg shelves

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Captain America is coming to Vandenberg to deliver on a promise made to a World War II Soldier in a new Marvel comic book that takes readers from occupied France to the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Other superheroes joining "Cap" in The Promise by Paul Tobin include sidekick Bucky, the Human Torch, Sub Mariner and Miss America.

"The Promise is now available, for free, at the Vandenberg Main Exchange located at 10400 Community Loop," said GM Krista Wiester.

The Promise is the eighth free Marvel Comic offered exclusively through AAFES locations since the partnership between the Department of Defense's oldest and largest exchange service began in April, 2005.

"Frankly, the project started as a way to provide a taste of home and a bit of escapism to troops serving overseas," said Wiester. "We were a little surprised at how quickly the popularity of the comic books went beyond the front lines as collectors and troops' family members expressed great interest."

For more information on how to pick up a free copy of The Promise, authorized exchange shoppers can call the Main Exchange at 805-734-5521.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and is directed by a Board of Directors who is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. To find out more about AAFES' history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at