USFK imposes tough penalties on health guideline violators

07-Apr-2020 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The United States Forces Korea (USFK) has imposed tough penalties on four members of the Eighth Army who violated the military’s health guidelines, which were intended to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

The four soldiers a sergeant first class, a specialist and two privates first class were reprimanded for drinking at off-post bars in Pyeongtaek and Dongducheon, both in Gyeonggi Province. Visiting bars is banned under the current Health Protection Condition (HPCON) orders of the USFK commander, the Eighth Army said in a statement, Sunday.

They received a two-month reduction in their salaries as well as 45 days of restriction and extra duty. The specialist and two privates first class have also been demoted.

“Eighth Army will publish the results of enforcement actions related to compliance with the current Force Health Protection Condition orders to ensure our soldiers, civilians, contract employees and their families understand the ramifications of not following the commander’s directives,” an Eighth Army Facebook post read.

The tough punishment comes amid the continued spread of COVID-19 among USFK personnel. As of Monday afternoon, the USFK has reported a total of 19 infections with the latest case involving a US citizen at US Army Garrison Humphreys (Camp Humphreys) in Pyeongtaek, Sunday.

Since the USFK reported its first case of the virus February 24 in the virus-hit city of Daegu, it has raised its HPCON to the second-highest Charlie. It then applied HPCON Charlie Plus to Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base, also in Pyeongtaek, March 27 to further strengthen preventive measures.

On March 25, USFK Commander Gen. Robert Abrams declared a “public health emergency” for all USFK commands and installations, while HPCON remains at a high level. The emergency measures are set to end April 23 unless there is a separate announcement.


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