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U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell, center, speaks with awardee Jamie Zmistowski, left, while district superintendent Charles Toth looks on, during the 2nd Annual Department of Defense Dependents Schools Awards and Recognition Ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell, center, speaks with awardee Jamie Zmistowski, left, while district superintendent Charles Toth looks on, during the 2nd Annual Department of Defense Dependents Schools Awards and Recognition Ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Employees from DODDS schools throughout South Korea gathered at Yongsan Garrison’s Dragon Hill Lodge to honor 80 of their own during the 2nd Annual Awards and Recognition ceremony on Friday.

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell was on hand to present scrolls of appreciation to the Department of Defense Dependents Schools staff members.

“It goes without saying that our future, whatever that may be, passes through your hands,” Bell said.

Ten awardees from each of the eight schools in South Korea were chosen by their principals to receive recognition.

Workers from every facet of school staffs were represented, including custodians, administrators, teachers and technology experts.

“I think it’s a big deal,” said awardee Melinda Fleming, a band director from Seoul American High School. “It’s nice to be recognized for all of the hard work you do.”

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