HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Starbucks is on a mission nationwide to hire 10,000 military veterans and military spouses by 2018, and that mission is taking off in Clearfield.
Starbucks aims to leverage the leadership and discipline that military veterans and spouses bring to the job. It does this by establishing Military Family Stores, and one of them is right across the street from the West Gate at Hill Air Force Base.
"It's like a family and a brotherhood," Mike Campbell, a Navy veteran said.
Campbell served multiple deployments off the coast of Iraq.
"It felt like I was doing something bigger than myself," Campbell said.
He loved his service, so it was hard for him to leave nine months ago.
"I worked on weapons systems. I taught people how to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns," Campbell said.
He wasn't sure how that experience would translate into the civilian world, so he was thrilled to discover that Starbucks values his military experience.
"They reached out to me and brought me in," Campbell said.
It's nice knowing there are people you work with that understand because most places it's civilians, and they don't quite get what it's like.
–Alyx Hoskovec, Starbucks barista
Now, as the manager of the new store, he's proud to serve those who serve.
"We know the lingo; we know the people," Campbell said.
This is the second of 12 Military Family Stores Starbucks plans to open this year.
The company has hired 3,700 veterans and military spouses in recent years.
"They can relate with you on a personal level," Alyx Hoskovec, a barista, said.
Hoskovec's husband is an active duty airman working on F-16's at Hill Air Force Base.
"It's nice knowing there are people you work with that understand because most places it's civilians, and they don't quite get what it's like," Hoskovec said.
They understand what it's like when spouses deploy, face serious dangers, or a potential transfer.
"I have a place to go wherever we go," Hoskovec said. "I'll have a job in an environment where I can stay."
Campbell is excited about the mission ahead.
"Go out and get some high-quality candidates to make the company better, and make the team better," Hoskovec said.
Starbucks will host events at this Utah location with Team Red, White, and Blue, a military support organization.
The store and its workers plan on being very involved with the community located right off base.