Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Dunkin’ Donuts brings hometown comfort to Kunsan Air Base

(From left to right) Pak, Kye-hwan, service business manager, Yang, Kyung-sok, Dunkin’ contractor, Col. Robert L. Bartlow Jr., 8th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Michael P. Richard, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander and Jordan J. Flint, general manager, prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening of Dunkin’ Donuts at Kunsan Air Base, July 9. Leadership from both the Exchange and 8th Fighter Wing work to support each other for the betterment of the Kunsan community.
(From left to right) Pak, Kye-hwan, service business manager, Yang, Kyung-sok, Dunkin’ contractor, Col. Robert L. Bartlow Jr., 8th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Michael P. Richard, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander and Jordan J. Flint, general manager, prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening of Dunkin’ Donuts at Kunsan Air Base, July 9. Leadership from both the Exchange and 8th Fighter Wing work to support each other for the betterment of the Kunsan community.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Dunkin’ Donuts brings hometown comfort to Kunsan Air Base

by Staff Sgt. Mark Kauffman
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

KUNSAN AIR BASE — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service brought another taste of home to Airmen and their families at Kunsan Air Base with the July 9 grand opening of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Leadership of the 8th Fighter Wing attended the grand opening as Col. Michael P. Richard, vice commander, and Col. Robert L. Bartlow Jr., Mission Support Group commander, helped cut the ribbon on the new restaurant. Chief Master Sgt. Thomas C. Schaefer II, command chief, attended the grand opening as well.

Bartlow expressed his gratitude for all that the Exchange does to support their community.

“The Exchange is an integral part of the Kunsan community,” Bartlow said. “We wouldn’t be able to sustain our mission readiness without the goods and services that the Exchange provides.”

Kansan Exchange General Manager Jordan J. Flint, thanked the 8th Fighter Wing for its support of the Exchange mission.

“We truly appreciate the command’s support,” Flint said. “Since we are a smaller community, they make us feel like we are a part of their family, ensuring that we are taken care of.”

For some, Airmen living in Korea for the first time, adjustments may be difficult but the Exchange brings to them a taste of home.

“We’re happy to add Dunkin’ Donuts to the Kunsan AB family,” Bartlow said. “It not only gives our Airmen more dining options but also provides something that most Airmen are familiar with back in the States.”

Flint expressed similar sentiments.

“Dunkin’ is a fantastic morale booster for the Kunsan community,” Flint said. “It’s another way the Exchange can bring a taste of home to the Airmen who are stationed here, away from their families.”

After the ceremony, the first 200 Airmen with purchases of $15 or more received a Dunkin’ Donuts signature mug.


Dunkin’ Employee serving Airmen: On July 9, Airmen from Kunsan Air Base wait at the checkout line to purchase the first batch of donuts after the grand opening of Dunkin’ Donuts. Leadership from 8th Fighter Wing and 8th Mission Support Group supported the Exchange by participating in the Ribbon cutting and “donut-cutting” ceremony.

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