Global First Response Inc. (Global or GFR) is a US company founded in 2005 by Captain John Kunkel and Glen Adkins as a Commercial Aviation and Defense Consulting Company, headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Captain Kunkel is a former US Navy Seal and Chief Pilot for Atlas Air.
Mr. Adkins performs a dual role with GFR and GFR Aviation Services operations. Mr. Adkins is a licensed FAA technician with over 30 years of Commercial Airline and Military aircraft maintenance and management experience. He has provided maintenance guidance to Captain Kunkel with regards to aircraft selection and inspection for several years and has an extensive knowledge of the Boeing 737,747, 757, 767 along with military aircraft. Throughout his career, Adkins has held positions as paint shop manager, Director of Field Teams for McDonnell Douglas, Airline Chief Inspector, Airline Fleet Manager for 4 Boeing 747’s, and Director of Maintenance for Valiant Airways. Mr. Adkins has lead the implementation of numerous aircraft modifications and systems integrations all around the world, managed field teams and CLS programs in the Middle East on Mi-17, Mi-24, Bell OH-58 Huey II helicopters and 407 Series helicopters operating in war zones along with US Navy E6 aircraft and US Air force E4B Aircraft stateside.
Global First Response operates with a team of entrepreneurs from the US, Norway and Finland with over 250 years of collective experience.