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News | Nov. 1, 2021

Gimcheon employee honored

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

Material Examiner and Identifier Won Sok Chang was named Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Employee of the Quarter in the final quarter of fiscal 2021 for his work at the command’s property disposal site in Gimcheon, South Korea.

Chang has served with the agency for about a year and a half and said he enjoys the variety of turn in items he handles and applauded the organization overall, saying “all the services DLA executes are very systematic and solid.”

“My current role is somewhat like making a discovery,” he said. “I really like examining and identifying turn-in items that I have not processed previously.

Gimcheon Area Manager Chris Dunsmore nominated Chang for the recognition. He praised Chang as a superior performer and said his “work ethic is truly phenomenal.”

Chang was cited as having worked with more than 200 customers during the period and helping the site maintain a short customer wait time. He also provided property accounting system inputs on more than 1800 items and processed more than 500 usable receipts worth $2.1 million.

Chang said he was not aware of his nomination until receiving a congratulatory email from the Indo-Pacific Region’s deputy director. He praised his worksite colleagues for their professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.

“All of my colleagues in Disposition Services at Gimcheon in Korea are very trustworthy and passionate about their services,” Chang said. “The worksite is always maintained in clean, neat, and safe condition.”

Chang’s commitment to teamwork was also cited in his award nomination. He volunteered to help an Army command fix its material handling equipment, helping get it running again after six months down. He also made sure the site’s property receipt team performed daily equipment maintenance checks and immediately reported any discrepancies to leadership.  

“His troubleshooting abilities and customer focus set him apart from all other employees,” Dunsmore wrote. “He truly deserves the recognition.”

“I wish I could visit other Disposition Services [sites] worldwide to observe their operation and share the Disposition Service operations techniques or tips with me,” Chang said. “Receiving this [award] is a great honor to me and my family. I would like to express my gratitude to all staffs serving in the DLA. I will always do my best!”