Meet the SFA Team

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 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.