Long-term American Red Cross employee receives permanent recognition
USAG Yongsan — Long-term American Red Cross employee, Choe Wan Kyong, received a permanent reminder of his service to the American Red Cross at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.
Room 223 of the Moyer Recreation Building was renamed the “Wan Kyong Choe Conference Room” during the Red Cross Month Open House Thursday, March 31. Serving the USAG Yongsan community through the American Red Cross since July 23, 1973, Choe proudly celebrates almost 43 years of service.
“It is an honor to have a room named after me,” said Choe, with a twinkle in his eye and a humble grin. He said he had never in his life received this kind of recognition.
“I am shocked and overwhelmed,” Choe said about the renaming. “I love working for the Yongsan community through the American Red Cross … I like doing good things for those that serve. I can’t believe it’s been 43 years. It doesn’t feel like it. It went by so fast.”
Choe, a field office assistant, has long been an instrumental part of the Red Cross team. Since 1973, he has transitioned more than a dozen American Red Cross leaders to include regional program directors, managers and specialists. He has also supported many new Red Cross initiatives given how much the Red Cross has grown in the last 50 years, said Regional Program Director Josh Williams.
Regional Program Manager Jason Resto supervises Choe and credits him for being the “glue that held the American Red Cross at Yongsan together.” He also calls Choe the liaison for decades’ worth of emergency communication messages for Service members and their families here in Korea.
The Wan Kyong Choe Conference Room is located on the second floor of the Moyer Recreation Building and is available free of charge to Department of Defense affiliated organizations. Reservations can be made through Choe himself at DSN 738-3670.
As far as retirement goes, Choe has no thoughts of retirement just yet. “There is still a lot of work to do,” he said.