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News | March 20, 2020

DLA Distribution Korea employee instrumental in handling installation COVID-19 response

By Matthew Mahoney, DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Daegu Korea

At the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Korea, employees at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Korea, have been working tirelessly and with dedicated effort to meet the operational needs of U.S.warfighters, all while adhering firmly to the measures and precautions needed to contain and fight back the outbreak that was spiking rapidly in Korea.

Notably among those employees and acknowledged by DLA Distribution Korea Commander Army Lt. Col. James M. McGee. “[I] want to acknowledge the exceptional work of our SOH [safety and occupational health] professional, Ms. Pak, Hyo Chi, who has worked tirelessly, including well into the night beyond normal work hours, to send updates on the COVID-19 cases across the peninsula,” said McGee.

Korea, as a nation, has made an example of mitigation and infection rates regarding COVID-19. Through the efforts of individuals like Pak, DDDK is currently maintaining an infection rate of zero. An exemplary achievement made possible through exemplary effort.

“Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in South Korea, Ms. Pak has worked tirelessly, including well into the night beyond normal work hours, to send updates on the COVID-19 cases across the peninsula,” said McGee.

Pak was instrumental in her efforts of keeping everyone informed by gathering information from official resources and disseminating out to everyone in both Korean and in English.

“While Ms. Hyo Chi Pak is a Korean national, she attended Washington State University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is fluent in English,” said McGee. “She began working for United States Forces Korea in 2016 as an occupational health technician at Camp Walker before joining the DLA Distribution team as the safety occupational health professional in June 2018.”

A true safety professional, Pak’s diligent efforts had a positive impact, not only for the installation, but for the surrounding communities as well.