Yongsan-Casey FMWR voted Best of the Pacific

By PFC Lee, Min Kyu, KATUSAAugust 17, 2023

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.
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. (Photo Credit: Photo By USAG Yongsan-Casey FMWR) VIEW ORIGINAL

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.

Approximately 40 people turned out for the Casey Family & MWR Spring 5K Color Run held Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the Camp Casey Hanson Field House. Awards were presented to 1st through 3rd place in multiple categories.
Approximately 40 people turned out for the Casey Family & MWR Spring 5K Color Run held Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the Camp Casey Hanson Field House. Awards were presented to 1st through 3rd place in multiple categories. (Photo Credit: Photo by USA Yongsan-Casey PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
“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.

Bataan Deathmarch: U.S. Army Soldier participates in the annual Bataan Death March in Camp Casey, South Korea, Mar. 18, 2023. The Bataan Death March is a 9 mile ruck march in honor of the tens of thousands American and Filipino soldiers in World War II that were forced to march more than 60 miles through the Philippine jungles.
Bataan Deathmarch: U.S. Army Soldier participates in the annual Bataan Death March in Camp Casey, South Korea, Mar. 18, 2023. The Bataan Death March is a 9 mile ruck march in honor of the tens of thousands American and Filipino soldiers in World War II that were forced to march more than 60 miles through the Philippine jungles. (Photo Credit: Photo by USA Yongsan-Casey PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
“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 Family and Morale Welfare & Recreation program hosted a live Max Schneider concert at the Camp Casey Impact Zone, June 6. MAX performed his most popular songs and one yet to be released. Following the concert, he was awarded a FMWR coin and spent time interacting with fans. Max is an American singer and actor most well-known for his double platinum single “Turn the Lights Down Low.” He was named an iHeart ‘Best Pop Artist’ nominee in 2019, and his single “Love Me Less” went Gold in the US and Canada in 2020.
The Family and Morale Welfare & Recreation program hosted a live Max Schneider concert at the Camp Casey Impact Zone, June 6. MAX performed his most popular songs and one yet to be released. Following the concert, he was awarded a FMWR coin and spent time interacting with fans. Max is an American singer and actor most well-known for his double platinum single “Turn the Lights Down Low.” He was named an iHeart ‘Best Pop Artist’ nominee in 2019, and his single “Love Me Less” went Gold in the US and Canada in 2020. (Photo Credit: Photo by USA Yongsan-Casey PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL

The FMWR mission is to offer morale boosting programs, events and services to active-duty Soldiers, family members and civilians stationed far from home.

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