Two awarded for keeping Area II environmentally compliant


USAG Yongsan — Two individuals demonstrated exemplary performance as environmental officers during an area-wide inspection and were recognized April 7 at a quarterly environmental quality control committee.

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. Maria P. Eoff conferred Department of the Army certificates of appreciation to Yu Chong An, a Korean national automotive mechanic foreman with the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Army Sustainment Command, and Sgt. Joshua E. Wensel, noncommissioned officer in charge of unscheduled maintenance with E Forward Support Company, 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Both were awarded for their personal dedication to ensuring that the soldiers, civilians and facilities they managed were compliant with all environmental regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures in Area II.

A team led by the environmental division of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) conducted an inspection in accordance with Army Regulation 200-1 and United States Forces Korea Regulation 201-1 on environmental compliance requirements. The criteria for the inspection covered seven major categories: 1) administrative; 2) training; 3) maintenance; 4) oil water separators; 5) facility grounds and equipment; 6) hazardous materials; and 7) hazardous waste.

Yu and Wensel are widely known for their dedication to environmental sustainability. The Quarterly Environmental Officer’s Course, for example, currently uses Yu’s facilities as examples of properly maintained facilities. During an external audit performed by the Army’s Environmental Command in June 2015, Wensel’s maintenance facility was mentioned as being one of the best ever observed.

The awards themselves are a testament to the leadership’s prioritizing environmental compliance and performance excellence, said Scott Weber, chief of the environmental division, DPW. The jobs they perform are not easy. “The biggest challenge for the military units is the high rate of turnover of personnel. The average residence time for the soldiers is 12 months.  For the civilian side, it is keeping all personnel up to date on all regulations and requirements.”

Yu has worked for the U.S. Army for 34 years – 18 of which has been with the 403rd helping to protect both his native and professional environment. Wensel came from Fort Hood, Texas, to Area II in February 2013 as a 91B wheeled vehicle mechanic and the environmental NCOIC for the company. “The best part of winning the award is knowing that all the work put in by the soldiers in E Co. 2-2 and myself is appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed,” he said. “This is a collaborative effort. Without everyone’s willingness to help and make a difference, we would not have been able to do this well.”

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