Kunsan cares for community, conducts coal operation

An 8th Fighter Wing Airman grabs a coal brick during a community coal run in Gunsan City, Republic of Korea, Jan. 14, 2023. Many Gunsan homes are traditional and use coal as the primary source of heat to keep warm during the Winter season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy D. Dischinat)
An 8th Fighter Wing Airman grabs a coal brick during a community coal run in Gunsan City, Republic of Korea, Jan. 14, 2023. Many Gunsan homes are traditional and use coal as the primary source of heat to keep warm during the Winter season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy D. Dischinat)

Kunsan cares for community, conducts coal operation

by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea – In an effort spearheaded by the 8th Fighter Wing chapel team, 24 Wolf Pack members took time to deliver approximately two thousand coal bricks to local homes in nearby Gunsan City, Jan. 14, 2023.

“Many of the homes are older and still use [coal] to warm their homes,” said Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Walker, 8th FW NCO in charge of chapel resources.

Earlier this season, Kunsan experienced cold windchills and received more than 15 inches of snow, so service members know the importance of staying warm in the Winter. The chapel worked with a local Gunsan City organization who collectively distributes coal weekly to members of the community during the freezing months to execute the volunteer event.

“The locals were very grateful that people who are financially in need were provided coals for free,” said Joyce Seo, 8th FW pianist and event co-coordinator.

Many people live in traditional residences and may not always have the ability to commit the time and money needed to renovate their homes with new heating systems. So, coal remains the primary method of distributing heat in their dwellings.

“It's events like the coal run, that establishes healthy relationships between our coalition and host nation. We have an opportunity to communicate to them ‘we're here to accomplish our mission, but also to help the community and the economy.’ The US is here to support this nation,” Walker said.

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