Former ROK Soldier, reflects on past three decades with USACE FED

Far East District
Published May 14, 2019
Former ROK Soldier, reflects on past three decades with USACE FED

Chong, Hyun Kun, an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED) supply technician, and former Republic of Korea soldier, works in the district supply room, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, May 15. Chong has been an employee with the district for the past 32 years.

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – After 32 years of service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Far East District (FED) one employee reflects on his past experience as both a Soldier and a civilian employee.

Chong, Hyun Kun, a supply technician, has achieved a great deal throughout his professional career that has contributed to personal achievements, and he owes it all to a solid foundation.

He enlisted into the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army in 1977 as a driver in the 1st Field of Defense Support Command, 253rd Transportation Battalion, where he completed his service after three years.

“The skills and courage I gained from serving in the military helped me develop a lifestyle to lead by example and cooperate to help others and always question my actions not to harm others,” said Chong.
After completing his military service he worked in construction in the Middle East and after three years he returned to Korea to continue work in the same field. Eventually he started working with the Far East District as a driver and assistant administrator, which eventually led him to his current position in the logistics management office.
“Over the years working in FED, I was able to send my two girls to college and find a job,” said Chong. “I am proud and content of what I was able to accomplish.”
According to Chong’s supervisor, Gregory Smith, he works well with the members of his team and is a valuable asset to the organization.
“I feel that I have done a good job doing my best in my position which I think is an accomplishment,” said Chong.
Chong stated that he will continue his work with the district and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.