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United States Air Force
Kunsan Korea, Republic Of 96264-2102
The economy is about the same as the US national average. Contact your sponsor for specific details about your living situation and arrangements.
“Defend the Base (Hooah), Accept Follow on Forces (Bring it), Take the Fight North (Wolf Pack)”
The vision for the 8th Fighter Wing is to be "a resilient warfighting wing ready to deliver combat airpower at a moment's notice; honoring our legacy by fostering an environment of teamwork, dignity, and respect; enhancing the Wolf Pack culture of innovation, compliance, and excellence...1-year tour with a 10 year vision."
Special and Critical Installation Information
Kunsan Air Base is home to the 8th Fighter Wing which is known as the “Wolf Pack”, a nickname given during the command of Colonel Robin Olds back in 1966. It’s one of two major Air Force installations operated by the United States in Korea. It is located on the west coast of the South Korean peninsula bordered by the Yellow Sea. Kunsan Air Base is a remote / unaccompanied assignment, and all 8 FW active duty military members must reside on the installation unless authorized by the Installation Commander (Wolf).
Gunsan City is the host city for Kunsan Air Base. “Kunsan” and “Gunsan” are spelled exactly the same in Korean: 군산. Gunsan City is pronounced Gunsan-si and is spelled 군산시. If you search “Kunsan” on the internet, you will find information on the installation. If you search “Gunsan”, you will find information about the host city.
The city of approximately 272,000 people (as of Mar 2019) and is located on the edge of central western coast, as a waist of the Korean peninsula, is in 2~3 hours away from anywhere in Korea (231 km away from Seoul and 337 km away from Busan). Many excursions await those interested in exploring the traditions and customs of this great country. The city of Gunsan itself is a very vibrant and upbeat community filled with 5 star restaurants, quaint coffee shops and numerous clothing stores.
The local markets are a tradition in Korea and offers many hidden treasures to include a huge variety of inexpensive clothes, kitchenware and imported products. These markets offer the excitement of feasting on delicious street eats; almost every type of Korean street food can be found at the market.
The city also has a thriving fishing fleet and is an excellent place for fresh seafood. There are two fish markets that can be found in town; Haemang-dong and Bieung port. Gunsan is known for saengseon hoe (생선회), raw sliced fish.
Lee Sung Dang is the oldest bakery in Korea. It has been in business in the same location since 1945. Its menu include danpatppang (bread filled with red bean paste) and yachaeppang (vegetable bread). If given the opportunity you must visit.
The WON (Korean Currency) exchange rate varies from day to day according to market conditions; there are many online sites available to research current rates.
When reporting to Kunsan ABUs and/or OCPs are the uniform of the day. It’s also recommended that you have at least one set available in your accompanied baggage. Kunsan AB has a high ops tempo, thus your arrival could be during one of many exercises. Nearly all base facilities are closed during exercises to include BX and commissary. It is critical to coordinate your arrival with your sponsor to ensure you have the basic necessities.
The Community Bank, which is affiliated with the Bank of America is the only banking service located on Kunsan AB. You may access Navy Federal banking system at both Camp Humphreys and Osan AB, respectively 2 to 2.5 hours away.
U.S. Transportation Command re-instituted Patriot Express service to Osan and Kunsan AB with the port located at Seattle, WA. This service is mandatory for all duty passenger travel. Your local Traffic Management Office (TMO) at your current base will book your tickets for your PCS flight to Korea on the Patriot Express.
All newcomers must complete the mandatory online USFK sponsorship survey as well as USFK Theater Specific Required Training. After completing the USFK Theater Specific Required Training, print out a copy of the certificate and bring it with you to in-process with your Command Support Staff.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. The DSN area code in Korea is 315 and must be dialed when calling Korea by DSN. Long distance charges may be incurred if calling commercially.
The major command is the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and the primary weapon system is the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
"Defend the Base (Hooah), Accept Follow on Forces (Bring it), Take the Fight North (Wolf Pack)."
Kunsan AB is home to the 8th Fighter Wing made up of two F-16 fighter squadrons, the 35th Fighter Squadron and the 80th Fighter Squadron. Learn more about Kunsan on the homepage.
The local population is about 278,505 in a country of 52 million.
Kunsan AB is located on the western coast of the South Korean peninsula bordered by the yellow sea. It is approximately 150 miles south of Seoul. The base is named after Gunsan City, a port town seven and a half miles east of the installation. Many interesting sites, including temples and historical landmarks are within an easy driving distance. The base operator's phone number is 011-82-63-470-1110, or DSN 315-782-1110.
The majority of inbound military personnel PCSing to Kunsan will fly in on the Patriot Express from Seattle and will arrive at the passenger terminal on the flight line at Osan AB, Korea. You will process through customs and immigration at Osan AB during the scheduled stop. 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron will bus you from Osan AB to Kunsan AB where you will arrive at the Wolfpack Lodge or your previously booked dorm room. Prior coordination with your sponsor is required to ensure they know your date/time of arrival. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all inbound members to Kunsan AB will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
The easiest and quickest way to get from Incheon Airport to Kunsan is by utilizing the Korean City Bus Service. After you leave the customs/baggage claim area, go to the bus ticket counter located between exit numbers 8 & 9. Tell the clerk at the ticket counter you need a bus ticket to "Gunsan" bus station. Buses depart at 0820, 1010, 1350, 1530, 1740, 1910, and 2140 hours and you go to gate #9C to catch this bus. Tickets cost about 25,000 won (about $24 US dollars) and you can pay by credit card, exchange currency in the airport to purchase your ticket or make an ATM withdrawal. The bus ride approximately 3 hours so you may want to purchase food inside the airport prior to boarding the bus. Once you arrive at the Gunsan bus terminal you can call a base taxi at 0634704318 (recommended), or you can take a Korean taxi to the front gate of Kunsan AB. Base taxis can bring you on base and drop you off at Lodging as Korean taxis cannot go on base and will drop you off at the main gate of Kunsan, where you will have to call a base taxi to come pick you up. After you exit the bus terminal, look to the left and you will see Korean taxis lining up to pick-up passengers. Tell the driver Kunsan Air Base and the taxi ride is about 30 minutes and will cost about $20 dollars for base taxi, or 20,000 won for Korean taxi.
Another option to get from Incheon Airport to Kunsan is taking the FSS bus to Osan, then catching the Wolfpack Wheels bus from Osan to Kunsan. This option is more difficult due to the limited number of buses traveling this route each day and will likely result in you staying overnight at Osan, then catching another bus to Kunsan the next day. After departing the customs and baggage claim area you will need to turn left and walk all the way to the end of the terminal to exit number 1. This is the USO/Military Reception Center and they will assist you with transportation services available to Kunsan. There are three FSS buses daily going from Incheon to Osan departing at 9:00 a.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. The cost is $35.00 per person (cash or credit card accepted) and the trip takes an hour and a half. The FSS bus has two drop off/pick-up points at Osan, the ITT ticket office and at Turumi Lodge where you can check into a room. Buses are scheduled to depart from Osan to Kunsan as follows: Mon-Thurs only one bus per day at 1:00 p.m., Fri 1:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sat/Sun 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45.00 per person. The drop off point at Kunsan is the Community Activity Center where your sponsor should meet you and taxis are available if needed. For more information on bus transportation from Incheon Airport to Kunsan AB, please call the USO/Military Reception Center at DSN 315-723-6056/ 8621/ 5586 or commercial 011-82-2-7913-6056/8621/5586 or call the Osan ITT ticket office at DSN: 315-784-4254.
WARNING: Do not take a taxi from Incheon Airport to Osan AB or Kunsan AB! The cost can be up to $1000.00 dollars and you will not be reimbursed on your travel voucher. Beware of dishonest and aggressive taxi drivers who may try to grab your luggage and tell you all the buses have already left and no more buses will be available.
COVID-19 Update: All inbound members traveling from Osan AB or Incheon will be transported to Kunsan AB by the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Public transportation will not be utilized during this time.
The AAFES Taxi Service is available in Bldg 712. For service, call DSN 315-782-4318 or 063-470-4318 from a cell phone. Taxi fare starts at $3.30 and prices go up depending on the distance. Off-base taxis are paid in Korean currency (won) and fare starts at 3500 won. Taxis may also be requested utilizing the "Exchange Taxi" application on any smart device.
The Kunsan AB (newcomer's information) provides information on bus schedules for travel between Kunsan AB and Osan AB, Kunsan AB and Incheon Airport, and Incheon Airport and Osan AB. This includes information on travel fees and departure schedules.
The buses from Osan to Kunsan AB are usually full on Sundays and Holidays. If you are PCSing to Kunsan and planning to take the bus, please make prior arrangements with your sponsor for bus tickets.
Contact information for the base operator is: 011-82-63-470-1110, or DSN 315-782-1110.