Exchange Military Spouse Supports Airman Wife

Kristopher Cubacub, services business manager at Offutt AFB, Neb., doesn’t just serve the military community—he’s part of the military community.

A lifelong military family member, Cubacub’s father and grandfather respectively served in the Army and Navy. His wife, Air Force SSGT Lauren Morales, is deployed to Qatar.

“I’ve been accustomed to this lifestyle since birth,” he said.

An important place

The Exchange has been an important place in Cubacub’s life since childhood, providing a lifeline to America when his family moved to Germany’s Ramstein AB.

“The PX is where it was at every weekend,” he said. “The impact the Exchange had on my life, being 12 years old and living in a totally different country, was huge. I spent the majority of my time at the teen center and the PX, specifically the food court. It was definitely family serving family out there.”

Cubacub met Morales at Ramstein American High School in 2008, their senior year. The pair were married in 2012.

Morales is a “fast burner,” Cubacub said, adding that she will be pinned a tech sergeant this month. She was one of 35 people worldwide selected for the Air Force nursing program.

“My goal is to support her, so we can look at one another and say, ‘You’re the one who helped me get where I’m at,’” Cubacub said.

Cubacub began working for the Exchange in 2013 as a intermediate electronics associate at Scott AFB, Ill. He was promoted to temporary electronics supervisor.

It is a great feeling knowing that I can give something back and help, because I know what it’s like. I know what is to be given on one side, and what is to be expected on the other side.

Not just a slogan

Four months later, Morales transfered to Offutt. There, Cubacub served as PowerZone supervisor, customer service supervisor and hardlines manager prior to his current position.

“The Exchange has taken care of me,” he said. “They’ve given me an opportunity to grow and have a career when I’m in a position where I’m not really supposed to have one. The Exchange has afforded me a lifestyle were I can move one place to the next, maintain employment, and maybe have the opportunity to have a similar position due to my past experience.”

For Cubacub, family serving family isn’t just a slogan—it’s at the core of what the Exchange does every day.

“When your wife or husband is in the military and you work for the Exchange—that’s what family serving family means,” he said. “I am the one who has to take my wife to the airport, sad that she’s going to be gone.

‘Great feeling’

“I’m the one who is here making sure that the troops are being taken care of, whether they’re in the same situation or not. It is a great feeling knowing that I can give something back and help, because I know what it’s like.

“I know what is to be given on one side, and what is to be expected on the other side.”

 

For his stellar job performance, Kris Cubacub received a coin from Director/CEO Tom Shull.

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