Korean group honors American volunteers
TOKYO — Four U.S. servicemembers and one civilian worker were to be honored Tuesday by the Korea America Friendship Society for their volunteer work with South Korean residents and groups, according to U.S. Forces Korea. Those to be recognized are:
• U.S. Army 1st Lt. Travis Propes, 595th Maintenance Company, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, for raising money to buy toys for the Seoul Children’s Welfare Center, organizing a bicycle repair program, collecting 400 pounds of food for Feed the Hungry International Organization, and collecting 300 pounds clothing for Seoul’s homeless.
• U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael-Rey Serrano, 607th Air Support Group, for volunteering in a language exchange program with Pyeongtaek city and the Peace Love Unity and Respect program to feed the homeless in Seoul, working with the Seoul Global Center to foster cultural exchanges, and directing a kimchi-making drive to feed 7,000 households.
• U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Flowers, Marine Forces Korea, for establishing an English-language class among his counterparts in a South Korean communications battalion and quadrupling the number of children in orphanages and hospitals who received presents in the command’s Toys for Tots program.
• U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rosa Martinez, Commander Naval Forces Korea, for volunteering to help a Chinhae girls’ high school with sporting events, helping to write the school’s English-language curriculum, and teaching 144 students.
• Christopher Damour, Installation Management Command Korea, for teaching a school group about U.S. holidays, inviting South Korean soldiers to his home and escorting Koreans onto Yongsan Garrison during holiday celebrations.