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Pfc. Charles Lewis, of the 168th Medical Battalion, takes Wayne Hughes’ blood pressure Wednesday during Army Corps of Engineers Safety Day at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

Pfc. Charles Lewis, of the 168th Medical Battalion, takes Wayne Hughes’ blood pressure Wednesday during Army Corps of Engineers Safety Day at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (Hwang Hae-rym / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District personnel gathered across the peninsula Wednesday to observe the organization’s 11th annual safety day.

On Yongsan Garrison, about 380 employees from the Seoul headquarters gathered in the multipurpose training center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to “reflect and focus on the importance of safety and health as they perform tasks on and off duty,” according to an Army Corps of Engineers news release.

Army Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, 8th Army commander, opened the day by telling the employees he appreciated their contributions to the Army’s mission.

And Col. Janice L. Dombi, FED commander, said, “I am so very proud the safety record of our employees is reflected not only in their workplaces, but in their homes and personal lives.”

The Far East District continues to have the lowest accident rate in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the release.

Gloria Stanley, FED spokeswoman, said “safety in the number one priority.”

“We need to watch out for each other and if we see safety problems, we need to report them or take care of them ourselves,” Stanley said. “It’s very important to be aware of safety hazards.”

Yongsan’s fire department gave classes on fire-safety awareness and first-response procedures, and also gave a fire extinguisher demonstration. Health personnel provided information on stress and anger management, fitness and nutrition, and smoking cessation. They also checked blood pressure and measured body-fat levels.

Employee Ku Ja-sook said the event made her think more about the importance of health and safety, including how diabetes and high blood pressure affect people.

“It is a really good opportunity for me to become enlightened on something I must know about,” she said.

And 47-year-old Song Mi said she was relieved when her body-fat evaluation came out “normal.”

“Health issues are now on everyone’s mind,” she said of the training. “I think it is very good for FED employees to get tested here.”


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