JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Name/rank: Staff Sgt. Caleb Hoferman
Unit: 343rd Training Squadron
Duty title: Security Forces Apprentice Course Instructor
Time in service: Seven years
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
"Staff Sgt. Hoferman has shown nothing less than superior performance in the face of such a high operations tempo of the Air Force’s largest technical training academy. In just 11 months, his superior work ethic and passion to instruct resulted in the procurement of more than 500 Security Forces Defenders. Additionally, Hoferman was hand selected to attend the Security Forces Defender’s Edge Facilitator course where he is now one of 127 NCOs certified to instill one of the Air Force’s top initiatives amongst his superiors, peers and future Defenders.
Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Megan Kimmey
Unit: 59th Medical Specialty Squadron
Duty title: Cardiology Medical Administrator
Time in service: Two years
Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia
Airman 1st Class Kimmey has been working front desk operations with the Air Force’s largest Cardiology Clinic for only two months, yet has already proven herself to be an integral member of the cardiology team. The cardiology department performs 12 different procedures and with great speed, Kimmey has already learned all of the responsibilities for understanding intricate medical procedures and all of their nuances to provide vital information to the patients receiving these high-risk procedures. On several occasions, Kimmey has been the sole front desk operator for patient reception and booking, personally responsible for booking 358 appointments and aiding in the initiation of 1,150 appointments over the last month. Kimmey is very patient and clinic oriented. She aids in maximizing the schedules of 13 providers ensuring patient care access.
Name/rank: Staff Sgt. Nathan R. McGowan
Unit: 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron
Duty title: Contract Specialist, Environmental Flight
Time in service: 6 years
Hometown: Marianna, Florida
Staff Sgt. Nathan McGowan stepped up with a four-day notice to orchestrate Wingman Day for two squadrons and 150 Airmen -- military, civilians and contractors. McGowan seamlessly managed the four-person team that coordinated a four-hour session to include group activities and briefings to meet the Air Force Material Command’s goal for June 30.
Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Jorgiennah-Lynn Pineda
Unit: 59th Radiology Squadron
Duty title: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist
Time in service: 2 years
Hometown: San Diego, California
Airman 1st Class Jorgiennah-Lynn Pineda initiated a process improvement project which cut imaging ordering errors by 70 percent, thus being recognized by the Chief Medical Officer for patient safety. Pineda is also actively involved within the Air Force community as the Randolph Airman’s Council social media outreach manager; involving three social media profiles, reaching Airmen across Joint Base San Antonio. Lastly, Pineda walked through each radiology section and identified seven “lost” computer scanner licenses, saving $10,000 in re-purchasing funds.
Name/rank: Senior Airman Wilfred S. Ylagan
Unit: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
Duty title: Shipment Distribution Technician
Time in service: Seven years
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Senior Airman Wilfred Ylagan is a remarkably efficient, self-motivated Airman who has made a firsthand impact at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office. Ylagan has distinguished himself as outstanding performer by diligently leading four civilians and one military member in the Shipment Distribution section. Ylagan has single-handedly distributed 1,720 shipments to eight technicians for a total of $11,134,944 during the month of June.