Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Hyokchan Kim is currently stationed as the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command chaplain at Camp Henry, Daegu, South Korea. He began his military career as an officer in the Korean Army where he volunteered for Special Forces training and completed over 100 airborne jumps as an instructor. After completing his military service, he moved to America, earned his master’s degree and started a family. He was conflicted about his next career choice however, he thought back on the conversations he had with students while he was a jump instructor. He remembered the connections he forged fondly and thought that he should find a similar role. Even though he was nearing the age limit of 40 he decided to apply to become an Army chaplain. Now a senior chaplain, several assignments under his belt, Kim’s children have military careers of their own. He spends a lot of his current time helping American soldiers who feel out of place in Korea by reminding them they play an important role in maintaining peace there.
The Crossroads of Special Operations