USAG Daegu Recognizes Volunteers of the Year and Child and Youth Services Employees with Excellence Awards

By Keith SmithJune 22, 2021

USAG Daegu Commander Col. Edward J. Ballanco and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue recognized three Daegu Child and Youth Services (CYS) employees for receiving IMCOM excellence awards after successfully coordinating sports and fitness activities in South Korea during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
USAG Daegu Commander Col. Edward J. Ballanco and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue recognized three Daegu Child and Youth Services (CYS) employees for receiving IMCOM excellence awards after successfully coordinating sports and fitness activities in South Korea during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea — USAG Daegu Commander Col. Edward J. Ballanco and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue celebrated dozens of volunteers during a yearly award ceremony and commended employees for receiving IMCOM excellence awards.

USAG Daegu recognized Daegu Child and Youth Services (CYS) employees for receiving CYS Awards of Excellence after successfully coordinating sports and fitness activities in South Korea during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CYS Awards of Excellence provide tangible recognition to individuals and teams at installations around the world whose exceptional achievements in child and youth programs had a dramatic and positive impact on the Army and its CYS patrons.

• Daegu CYS Sports Specialist Chong Ho Yu coordinated safe basketball scrimmages during COVID and positively influenced over 500 people through CYS sports and activities.

• Daegu-based Functional Fitness Specialist Giovanni Smith implemented weekly functional fitness programming for children increasing youth participation nearly 50% despite COVID-19.

• Daegu Youth Sports and Fitness Director Jarred Serrano transformed traditional sporting activities to keep the community safe during COVID-19 while staying physically active and engaged.

Each year, USAG Daegu recognizes volunteers in the community for going above and beyond by donating thousands of hours to improve the lives of Soldiers and families. Sergeant First Class (SF) Justin Zamora, Samantha Wilkins, Melanie Miller, Abigail Noe and Mira Kim received Volunteer of the Year awards for selfless service throughout the pandemic.

Awards recognized USAG Daegu employees and community volunteers in South Korea for selfless service during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.