NEW YORK –
An Army logistics officer took command of Queens Army Recruiting Company July 24 with a goal of providing others the opportunities he's had throughout his career.
Capt. Sungjae Kim, originally born in Seoul, Korea, grew up in New York City and is excited he's returned to the city leading a team of recruiters who offer local youth Army careers and opportunities.
"It means a lot to come back to the place where I started my Army career," he said. "The Army has given me so much, and I want to give back."
Throughout his personal and professional life, the 11-year Army officer developed a people-centric way of looking at the workplace and leadership.
The Army has allowed him to grow and change in a lot of ways, particularly his views on the roles people play in an organization.
"The people make the organization," Kim said. "Whether it's my teammates or potential recruits. Leading by example, whether it be in uniform or out, is of utmost importance and sets the precedent for others to follow."
Kim genuinely cares about people and wants to see them succeed and develop into the best they can be.
"A good leader should provide clear vision and guidance, but also take care of the people," he said. "Much of what makes a good team is trust, and the Army is always about the teamwork. Teamwork and trust go hand-in-hand."
In addition to taking care of his team, Kim plans to build on the previous commander's foundation and work to make better connections and provide support to the local community.
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