CAMP CASEY, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan-Casey Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation was selected as the 2023 Best FMWR in the Pacific, August 1.
Stars and Stripes publishes an annual magazine called ‘Best of the Pacific’ in which customers on military installations are asked to cast their vote for the best on-post facilities and services throughout Japan, Okinawa, Korea and Guam. Once the votes were tallied, Stars and Stripes Operation Manager for Korea, Ms. Jin Sun Song, visited the USAG Yongsan-Casey FMWR team at Camp Casey to present the award to USAG Yongsan-Casey Director of FMWR, Mr. Keith Colbert and Ms. No, So Hyon, Engagement Coordinator.
“It is a true honor for our customers to vote us the Best of the Pacific,” said Colbert. “Soldiers give us their feedback on the services and programs we provide, and it is a way for us to improve ourselves, do a better job and take care of the community.”
Every month, FMWR holds events such as K-Pop performances and tours for Soldiers, families and civilians to enjoy. FMWR works closely with off-post partners & vendors to offer diverse recreational activities in order to build cultural understanding between Soldiers and the community.
“Communication and planning these events can be a challenge for us, especially when our team coordinates with local vendors to reserve diverse activities for our community, but that’s what make this special and fun,” said FMWR Outdoor Recreation manager, Mr. Andy Kim. “It means a lot to us that this was voted on by the community and solidifies the positive impact of what we do.”
FMWR also manages fitness centers, Army Community Services, libraries, swimming pools, Child Youth services, various dining establishments, bowling and other facilities.
“It’s no surprise our FMWR team was voted the best in Korea with the quality of programs this incredible team puts together for over 12,000 service members, DoD civilians and their families, at 26 sites and installations throughout the region,” said USAG Yongsan-Casey Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. William Fritzinger. “The FMWR mission is critical to maintaining a high quality of life and positive morale, which improves overall unit and mission readiness.”
The FMWR mission is to offer morale boosting programs, events and services to active-duty Soldiers, family members and civilians stationed far from home.