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Meet the SFA Team

Join us on this monthly series where we get to know more about the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics staff!

Let's Meet an Aquatics Lifeguard!

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Tell us a little about your professional background.

USAG Humphreys has three pools: the Community Activity Center (CAC) Indoor Pool, Collier Indoor Pool and the Outdoor Pool. We, in SFA Aquatics, operate those three facilities. I have been working as a lifeguard since 2007. I first lifeguarded at Carribean Bay for three years. I was hooked after the charms of saving someone’s life. After that, I worked at Tedin Water Park (Cheonan) and at USAG Humphreys Outdoor Pool. Also I like to teach, so I have worked as a swimming and snowboarding instructor.

How long have you been with SFA?

I have been with SFA since 2014 as a lifeguard. 

What’s your favorite feature about the facility/facilities at which you are located?

I like the Outdoor Pool. Some parents look tired, but most of the people look happy to play at the Outdoor Pool and that makes me happy.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

Before I hurt my shoulder, I did Crossfit for two years. It was really good exercise. But I can’t enjoy CrossFit after having surgery. These days I try to find interesting workouts. Please tell me if you know of any workouts that might suit me well!

What got you into aquatics?

In college, I didn’t have any dream jobs. I just wanted to buy a scooter so I started working as a lifeguard. When I rescued someone for the first time, it left a very strong impression on me. I decided then on my occupation. My previous co-worker suggested to me that I should work at the USAG Humphreys Outdoor Pool. Based on this experience, I thought, “I can join the Humphreys SFA team.”

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

About four years ago, CYS held a swim meet at the Outdoor Pool. That day was really hot. We supported the event with lifeguarding. I was all sweaty but all the lifeguards had to stay on deck. Eventually, the race ended and all of the people including parents, judges and event staff jumped into the water. It was hard, but it is an unforgettable memory. 

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

People think that my major is sports-related. Sports management is one of my majors, but my first major is computer and technology-related.

What motivates you?

Lifeguarding is not considered a frontline service. Nonetheless, some people say hello or thanks to me. I like that, it motivates me.

What’s on your workout music playlist?

During a workout, I like to listen to exciting K-Pop songs. When I went to a PSY concert, the performance was pretty impressive, so I usually put in PSY music. It makes me powerful!

What’s your go-to travel workout?

I feel free in the water, so I like to go to waterparks and beaches.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Joshua Burkhard (Sitman Physical Fitness Center)

Let's Meet the Sitman Physical Fitness Center's Manager!

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Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have been with SFA since October 2018 and working in the Fitness industry since 1998.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

The large weight room.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I enjoy doing Olympic weight lifting, kettlebells training and TRX.

What got you into fitness?

I was an athlete and got hurt a few times with major injuries. Those injuries showed me the value of physical therapists and athletic trainers who helped me get better. I then thought, "That is what I want to do." So when I entered college, they had just started the Exercise Physiology program, which I chose. I am thankful to the Lord I did! I can now help others to overcome their injuries or physical limitations so they, too, can have a healthy and happy life.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

My greatest memory is created everyday working with this SFA team, who without a doubt care about what they do and want to provide this community the best service possible within our abilities.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I was a deployed Fitness Specialist (Fit Boss) on the USS John C. Stennis for over four years and on two deployments, including New Dawn Iraq. 

What motivates you?

The mission to serve our activity duty and community with the best fitness program possible that enables them to meet life’s demands and the mission, so they all can return home to those they love!

What makes you laugh?

Why do you see so many old people at Church?   Answer: They are studying for finals.

What’s on your workout music playlist?

I don’t listen to music when I workout, because my Olympic coaches taught me that it was a distraction and it hindered our ability to hear their instructions.

What’s your go-to travel workout?

My travel workout is TRX along with running and sprint work.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Yong Il Kim (Collier Community Fitness Center)

Let's Meet one of Collier Community Fitness Center's Sports Specialists!

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Tell us a little about your professional background.

Since I was a kid, I have liked sports. I played in various sports such as ice skating, Korean wrestling and Taekwondo. During my military service, I was on a special martial arts demonstration team. I also have referee licenses for basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, boxing and more.

How long have you been with SFA?

I joined Family and MWR in November 1987. I worked for 20 years at Camp Long and Camp Eagle gym and have been at USAG Humphreys SFA for 13 years.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

Collier Community Fitness Center is nicknamed Super Gym. It is really big and is the best place to exercise  with features such as basketball courts, a weight room, racquetball courts, saunas, and the indoor swimming pool.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I usually enjoy biking and especially snow skiing for winter sports.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

There was a college basketball game held in Collier Community Fitness Center on November 2013, sponsored by the TV channel ESPN. I am proud that I was there to prepare and host the first US college basketball game in Korea.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I am an elder of a church with 3,000 members.

What motivates you?

When I see the physique of a guest who comes and exercises every day.

What makes you laugh?

My granddaughter’s smile. Her cooing makes me laugh.

What’s on your workout music playlist?

I mainly listen to old pop songs or Korean music.

What’s your go-to travel workout?

Every winter, I go skiing and camping with my family.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Let's Meet one of Collier Community Fitness Center's Sports Specialists!

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Tell us a little about your professional background.

Since I was a kid, I have liked sports. I played in various sports such as ice skating, Korean wrestling and Taekwondo. During my military service, I was on a special martial arts demonstration team. I also have referee licenses for basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, boxing and more.

How long have you been with SFA?

I joined Family and MWR in November 1987. I worked for 20 years at Camp Long and Camp Eagle gym and have been at USAG Humphreys SFA for 13 years.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

Collier Community Fitness Center is nicknamed Super Gym. It is really big and is the best place to exercise  with features such as basketball courts, a weight room, racquetball courts, saunas, and the indoor swimming pool.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I usually enjoy biking and especially snow skiing for winter sports.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

There was a college basketball game held in Collier Community Fitness Center on November 2013, sponsored by the TV channel ESPN. I am proud that I was there to prepare and host the first US college basketball game in Korea.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I am an elder of a church with 3,000 members.

What motivates you?

When I see the physique of a guest who comes and exercises every day.

What makes you laugh?

My granddaughter’s smile. Her cooing makes me laugh.

What’s on your workout music playlist?

I mainly listen to old pop songs or Korean music.

What’s your go-to travel workout?

Every winter, I go skiing and camping with my family.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Hak Hun Kim (Zoeckler Fitness Center)

Let's Meet the manager of Zoeckler Fitness Center!

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Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have experience in various watersports and mountain sports, such as windsurfing, SCUBA diving, water skiing, rock climbing and skiing. I have won awards in racquetball competitions and enjoy being able to play in spring, summer, autumn and winter. And finally, in order to enjoy all of these things, I almost live in the Zoeckler Fitness Center.

How long have you been with Sports, Fitness and Aquatics?

I joined Family and MWR in January of 1999, and I have been with SFA the entire time.

What's your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

Zoeckler Fitness Center (Building 1296), right next to the Zoeckler Sports Field, has a variety of fitness equipment and fitness programs. It is in a really good spot near the main gate and Pedestrian Gate.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

To stay active I usually play racquetball in winter, replacing aerobic exercise. I usually use the Zoeckler track starting in April when the weather is warm. Other outdoor activities are for weekends.

What got you into fitness?

I served in the ROK Marine Corps Force Recon as a soldier before coming to Family and MWR SFA here. I learned a lot from the ROK Marine Corps Force Recon during my service. My wife was a modern pentathlon (fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running) national team player, so my family and I enjoy various sports together.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

About 13 years ago, many worldwide U.S. Army bases participated simultaneously for and successfully had a World Guinness Record for the world's Largest Swimming Lesson. At that time, all USAG Humphreys community swimmers and some broadcasters were in the CAC Indoor Pool. I was the main swimming instructor. This is one of my memories that will not easily be erased.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I was an Interior Designer with a design firm in Seoul for several years back in 1993.

What motivates you?

When I see Soldiers exercising in the Zoeckler Fitness Center and on the Zoeckler Sports Field, it motivates me.

What makes you laugh?

We are living in crazy times... I use to cough to hide a fart. Now I fart to hide a cough.

And, what is the safest place to hide a body? The second page of Google.

What's on your workout music playlist?

I want to exercise when I hear K-pop. That's why I usually enjoy K-pop when I'm exercising or driving. Please listen to these songs at least once, "Saturday Night" by Son Dam Bi and "Fire" by BTS!

What's your go-to travel workout?

I do a different workout every season. Last winter, I went to Yongpyong Ski Resort on the top of Balwangsan Mountain. When I'm skiing, I always think that I need to do more squat workouts.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Song Mun Hong (Sitman Physical Fitness Center)

Let's Meet one of Sitman's Sports Specialists!

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Tell us a little about your professional background. How long have you been with Sports, Fitness and Aquatics?

I started working at MWR Sports in November of 2000. I have worked at Camp Casey, Suwon Air Base and USAG Humphreys.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

The Performance Area in Sitman Fitness Center (Building 6815), is a favorite for many soldiers. Balboni Fields, consisting of a football field, soccer field, four softball fields and two 400-meter tracks, makes it possible to play any regular game.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I do push-ups, squats and stretch every morning. I walk and go hiking on the weekends. I like racquetball, running and skiing. My son, who is a personal trainer, and I enjoy snowboarding together in winter.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

When I was working at Suwon Fitness Center, I planned the 8.1 mile Death Road March. Many soldiers participated from USAG Humphreys, Osan Air Base and SongNam. One Soldier, who took a taxi from USAG Humphreys, started about 10minutes late. He scored third, but unfortunately he couldn’t win the award, because of the late start. I still remember how I felt that day.

What motivates you?

Early in the morning and after work, I see many soldiers coming to the gym to workout hard. I feel a sense of duty to keep the environment clean and all the equipment in the best condition.

What’s on your workout music playlist?

I walk and exercise listening to old pop songs.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Sang Pom Pak (Turner Fitness Center)

Let's Meet Turner Fitness Center's Manager!

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Tell us a little about your fitness, aquatics and professional background. How long have you been with Sports, Fitness and Aquatics?

I’ve been in the fitness industry for 25 years and with SFA for 20 of them.

What's your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

The basketball courts in Building 2063 (Turner Fitness Center) are being transformed
into a functional fitness space.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I workout Monday through Thursday for about 2 hours. (Treadmill, bike and deadlift.)

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience so far?

Last year, summer 2019, I saw and assisted the strongman competition. And I was really
surprised by the female strongman competitors. I workout and lift about 100 to 120 pounds
but I saw women attempting 150 to 200 pounds. I realized something about my workout
and I will try CrossFit this year because of it.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

If I can, I want to get the CrossFit certificate.

What makes you laugh?

My co-workers make me laugh; Raina, Courtney, Joshua, Mr. Kim...

What's on your workout music playlist?

I like to listen to any Dance or Hip Hop music.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Kimberly Bailes (Aquatics Manager)

Let's Meet SFA's Aquatics Manager!

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Tell us a little about your fitness, aquatics and professional background.

I have an extensive background in Aquatics, with over 30 years of experience with Army MWR. I have worked all over the World: Hawaii, Japan, Germany and Korea, and conducted training in Belgium and Italy. In my career, I have conducted programs for soldiers to include specific Military aquatics training, such as Water Survival Training (TC 21-21), Shallow Water Egress Training (SWET), SKED Training, as well as conducted Combat Water Survival Testing, and other testing. I have conducted Pregnancy and Post-Partum Aquatics Training, as well as Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors Training, Water Polo and Inner Tube Water Polo. I have an extensive background teaching American Red Cross Courses such as Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Additionally many other aquatics classes, programs, training, sports, and fitness to enhance soldier readiness and well-being.

How long have you been with SFA?

Specifically with SFA, I have worked in Aquatics over 19 years as an Aquatics Manager, managing aquatics facilities, conducting Military aquatics training, and running community aquatics programs. Plus 11 years working in Child and Youth Services, running youth competitive swimming and learn-to-swim programs. Therefore, a collective of over 30 years of experience with Army MWR.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

My favorite feature about what I do and where I work is that I enjoy being able to share my knowledge and skills about aquatics, along with my passion for the water!

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

To stay active, I like to swim, and I like to do Pilates. I like to clean…yes, I said I like to clean!

What got you into aquatics?

My Dad was the one who first ignited my interest in the water! For as long as I can remember, growing up, my family always did things in, on and around the water: scuba diving, swimming, water skiing, sailing, power boating, spear fishing, and camping. I am fortunate that my husband and I share many of the same interests…now our two daughters share many of the same passions about the water that we do!

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

I am proud of what I do every day to support our Military and the communities in which I have worked. I have so many memories working in Aquatics. The one that I am most proud of is my experience working with the Wounded Warrior Unit assigned to Baumholder, Germany. I developed and implemented an aquatics training program specifically for the WWU. When I introduced Inner Tube Water Polo to engage our Wounded Warriors, it was such a huge success that it became a Commander’s Cup Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Battalion in Europe.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

Something interesting that most people do not know is that I was the Coach of the Year in 1998 for the Honolulu Public Schools Water Polo League.

What motivates you?

Learning motivates me…when I learn, yes, but more importantly, I am motivated every time I have the opportunity to teach someone something that they did not know about water safety. Then to see that learning taking place and how it makes a difference and affect positive change…change in attitude and behaviors. Conducting training that shows how water is an effective medium for exercise. Conducting training that could save a life, like how to perform water rescue skills, CPR, AED, and First Aid. Teaching someone how to float, or to swim faster or more efficiently. Teaching people about water safety, how to respect and appreciate the water. Teaching people about what it takes to keep pools safe and healthy for our community.

What makes you laugh? (Tell us a joke.)

I like to laugh WITH my husband and my daughters…we find the silliest things to laugh about! Ok, I have to share my daughter’s favorite joke: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Answer: “To get to the other side of the road!” “Knock, knock!” “Who’s there?” “The chicken!” (Thanks, Jessica!)

My music playlist is:

My taste in music is pretty eclectic. Keali’I Reichel, my favorite Hawaiian artist is my go-to playlist; I also like Country, Hip Hop, and, a variety of other music...depending on my mood!

What’s your go-to travel workout?

I love the ocean and the beach, so when I am travelling, if there is a beach nearby, then I will be beachcombing, or in the water: boogie boarding, snorkeling, swimming, or scuba diving!

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Chi Hyon Kim (Collier Community Fitness Center)

Let's Meet SFA's Sports Coordinator!

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Tell us a little about your sports and professional background.

My experience started while I served in the military as a KATUSA. I worked at the Sports/Fitness Center. I have worked in the sports arena for almost 40 years. I’m a certified referee for Basketball (International Association Approved Basketball Officials), Volleyball (United States Volleyball Association, Regional Referee), Softball (United States Softball Association), Soccer and Boxing (United States Boxing Association).

How long have you been with SFA?

I have been with Humphreys SFA since 1980.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

I’m currently located in Collier but I am really looking forward to the conversion of the Turner Fitness Center basketball court.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I stay active by refereeing Military, International and Military High School and Civilian sports. I referee different sports throughout Korea.

What got you into sports?

When I was serving as a KATUSA. I did a good job so my chief wanted me to continue working in sports.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

Many years ago we used to have a high level sports competition in Korea called the 8th Army Sports Championships. As of now there is no longer this level of championship in Korea, however the 8th Army Sports Championships were the best team or individuals from each area at the garrison level. There was a high level of sportsmanship and competitiveness from the Soldiers during that time. It was an exciting event to watch and an honor to host in Korea.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I like making my customers happy.

What motivates you?

I’m motivated by training my co-workers that are new to sports and fitness. I enjoy seeing them learn and grow in their jobs.

What makes you laugh? (Tell us a joke.)

It makes me laugh that some of my co-workers call me the Godfather.

A joke…

Q: Where can you find a tired pig?

A: 피곤해 (pronounced slowly "Pig On Hay." 피곤해 translates to tired in English)

What’s on your workout music playlist?

My playlist is mostly traditional Korean music.

What’s your go-to Holiday workout?

Walking.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Minchong Kim (Collier Community Fitness Center)

Let's Meet Collier Community Fitness Center's Strength and Conditioning Coach!

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Tell us a little about your fitness and professional background.

I graduated at the University of Dankook with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Food Nutrition. I attained my graduate degree from the University of Kyounggi, with a major in Clinical Biomechanics of the Human Body. I am a Certified AthleticTrainer accredited by the Korean AthleticTrainer Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

How long have you been with SFA?

I began my career with Family and MWR in May 2002 at USAG Yongsan through the DFMWR Sports Program.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

The third floor at Collier Community Fitness Center (CCFC), the TRX station is my favorite.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I really love to use the stairs in my apartment for my workout, with music and sweat.

What got you into fitness?

Running, I just loved running since I was a kid. It made me interested in physical training and fitness.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

The A.T.T.A.C. (Advanced Tactical Training and Conditioning) program with my team.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

My voice is loud ONLY during my class.

What motivates you?

I’m motivated by building teams and establishing strong relationships with co-workers.

What makes you laugh? (Tell us a joke.)

What do you get if you run in front of a car? Tired!

What do you get if you run behind a car? Exhausted!

What’s on your workout music playlist?

BTS and K-pop.

What’s your go-to Holiday workout?

Hiking and a mental workout, reading books about fitness.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

Courtney Cameron (Collier Community Fitness Center)

Let's Meet Collier Community Fitness Center's manager!

Tell us a little about your fitness and professional background.

My fitness experience started in college at the campus fitness center. Before I started working in the military environment I worked at a couple private sector gyms. Now I have worked with MWR for about 10 years at 5 different garrisons--all Army except for one Navy.

How long have you been with SFA?

I’ve been with Humphreys SFA at Collier Community Fitness Center for about 4 months.

What’s your favorite feature about the facility at which you are located?

My favorite feature here at Collier is the variety of equipment. We have something to offer all fitness levels.

How do you workout, sweat and stay active?

I enjoy walking. I am a former Olympic competitive walker…just kidding! (lol) But walking is a very underrated avenue to being mentally and physically well.

What got you into fitness?

I played sports since I was a young child and when I entered college I thought I wanted to work in the medical field. So to combine both worlds, I was studying to be an Athletic Trainer. Since I had the knowledge of anatomy and physiology, my manager at the campus fitness center asked if a wanted a summer internship. However, in order to get the internship, I had to gain my Personal Trainers Certification. Got the cert and started teaching group PT, conducting fitness assessments, and health and wellness briefings. I enjoyed the fitness center atmosphere and introducing people to fitness ideals and techniques that could help them in their everyday life, so I stuck with it after graduating.

What has been your fondest SFA memory, event or experience?

It is probably while I was working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It was a strong community that worked to help Soldiers get back to active daily living after combat injuries; in the fitness center I had a chance to assist them and their families in adjusting to their new normal, physically.

What is something interesting about you people may not know?

I’m a former band geek… I played trumpet starting in middle school and on into college.

What motivates you?

Helping others.

What makes you laugh? (Tell us a joke.)

Gym fails that I see in person and on social media. Why do you never hear Cardi B at the gym? ...'Cause here it's called Cardi O (Don’t judge me, I saw it on the internet. lol)

What’s on your workout music playlist?

My playlist is kind of random but right now Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Koffee, Jack Harlow, City Girls, Disclosure and more.

What’s your go-to Holiday workout?

Taking the stairs. After eating a lot, instead of using the elevator in my apartment, I use the stairs.

*Statements of opinion are not representative of Family and MWR.

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Strongest Warrior Take Two

Join us in this Korea-wide competition!

Oct 31 8:30 am

TRX Day

Oct 31 9 am - 12 pm
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The 5 Trials

Stack your fitness against the USAG Humphreys Community, compete head-to-head with your gym partner and test yourself in one or all of the 5 Trials. 

Nov 7 10 am - 2 pm

The 5 Trials

Stack your fitness against the USAG Humphreys Community, compete head-to-head with your gym partner and test yourself in one or all of the 5 Trials. 

Nov 7 10 am - 2 pm
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Buddy Ball Day

Nov 21 9 am - 12 pm
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Turkey Trot 5K

Walk or run in celebration of Thanksgiving!

Nov 26 9 am