By Ms. Maria Gallegos (Humphreys)May 1, 2019
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- To celebrate Administrative Professionals Week, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys' Directorate of Human Resources Workforce Development team, hosted a myriad of events to recognize the importance of administrative professionals, April 22-26.
Currently, there are more than 1,500 administrative support personnel on Camp Humphreys.
To kick off the celebration, USAG-H Garrison Commander Col. Scott Mueller gave opening remarks, followed by a cake cutting ceremony, at the One Stop (Bldg. 6400), April 22.
"Administrative professionals are crucial to the everyday operations," he said. "I am amazed in all that you do and this week is a small token of appreciation for everything you do for us. Thank you for your patience and support; we cannot do what we do, without you."
Various activities were offered each day, to include physical fitness, health awareness assessments and a Zumba class with their supervisors.
"This is our third year to host the event," said Linda Green, DHR chief, who spearheaded the start of the event three years ago. "I believe this is an important event, to recognize and honor staff members who play an important role in our organization. They rarely receive recognition for their hard work. The celebration gives an opportunity to show them how much we care and value them."
A luncheon was held to celebrate their invaluable support to the organization, April 24 . More than 75 administrative staff members and their supervisors attended. The staff members were also given gifts in recognition of their contributions.
"I feel very happy to have this opportunity to be here today," said Yun Suk-Yong, a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation administrative assistant. "For my supervisor to be here with me shows that he really appreciates my work and that makes me happy."
Yun's supervisor, Ronald Buss, FMWR support chief, said the event is a great reminder to stop, reflect and appreciate the value of his team.
"It's important to recognize all employees for the good work they do," Buss said, "but, this is a time we set aside to recognize this specific support function. This gives us a time to reflect and appreciate the great work she [Yun Suk-Yong] does for us, as well all the other administrative team members. And for that reason, I feel this is a great time to socialize and break bread together."
Alfred Plumley, the IMCOM Pacific (Forward) chief, also agreed.
"This is a time to honor and respect our admin staff, because we could not do our job without them," he said. It would be much more difficult if she (referring to his Admin Assistant Yi, Una) didn't take care of me. She makes sure I'm where I need to be, when I need to be there -- which saves a lot of work for me and in turn, makes my job easier and allows me to do a better job."
"This is really nice. Being away from the office gives us a time to get to know each other, meet other employees and enjoy a nice meal without any office interruption," Yi said.
Admin professionals are often the "unsung heroes" of the office, said Munyaquita Brown, the DHR Workforce Development chief and the event lead.
"They carry out challenging tasks and provide administrative support that is critical in accomplishing our mission," she said. "They are the backbone of our organization. With that, this event is only a reminder to take care of your employees, not just for this week, but for the days to come."
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History behind the administrative professional celebration dates back to World War II and the week-long observance is still being celebrated world-wide annually.