During the month of February, supervisors have the opportunity to come together to recognize members of the Korean Service Corps who deserve to be awarded for their exceptional achievements throughout the year. All nominations are submitted in December and in January, the battalion nomination board meets to select this year's award recipients.
There are ten categories in which the supervisor may nominate their employee ranging from Technician of the Year to Supervisor of the Year. Once the selections were finalized, the Korean Service Corps hosted its annual awards dinner at the Dragon Hill Lodge at Yongsan, Feb. 10.
Chae, Yong Su, an Information Technology Specialist at KSC 37th Company, currently supporting the 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion as a Lead Information Management Officer, is this year's Administrator of the Year. Chae was nominated by his supervisor, Capt. Harrison Steinberg.
"I honestly believe that Mr. Chae is the best employee in the KSC," said Steinberg. "Formal recognition as Employee of the Year just makes it official."
According to Steinberg, Chae saved the Army more than $20,000 by diligently working to cut unnecessary costs on IT equipment for the battalion and reutilizing found on installation equipment at Camp Carroll.
"Chae is an invaluable asset to the 2-1 ADA Guardian Battalion," added Steinberg. "There is so much personnel turn over in Korea that it would make it hard to accomplish the S-6 mission in a Patriot unit, without the continuity Chae provides."
Chae explained how his command group has confidence in him accomplishing the 8th Army's mission by recognizing his efforts.
"If you do your best in all you do, you will be awarded," said Chae.
Not only are KSC members recognized for the work they do at the office, but outside of the office as well. Hyong, Paek U., 22nd KSC Company, is currently working as an Administrative Support Specialist for the Logistics Support Team assigned to the 403rd AFSB at Camp Humphreys and was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.
As a Field First Aid Training Instructor for the KSC, Hyong is always ready and willing to help others should they need medical attention.
Hyong was nominated by his Company Command team after assisting a neighbor in need.
"In November, while I was on my way to work, I called for immediate medical attention after discovering a neighbor who had hurt his back and was lying in the middle of the road," said Hyong. "As head of a household, I think it is meaningful to be recognized for my actions; I am setting an example for those around me."
The KSC was originally established as the Civilian Transportation Corps in 1950. For more than 60 years, the relationship between the KSC and 8th Army has continued to strengthen the Alliance.
"Your Battalion is comprised of 17 companies, considerably smaller than the three divisions of KSCs in the 1950s," said Col. Christopher Dexter, commander, Material Support Command -- Korea, and one of the guest speakers for the evening. "However, your impact is equally important. Much like in the 1950s, you allow our soldiers to focus on their primary task of readiness and the ability to fight tonight."
Further emphasizing the importance of mission readiness, the 7th KSC was recognized as the Best Company of the Year for demonstrating high performance in areas such as training, discipline, safety and resource management.
"Your success and excellence is our success and excellence," added Dexter. "Our alliance is the strongest in the world because of you and your efforts. You all truly are the heart and soul of MSC-K and Team 19."