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NEWS | March 1, 2019

JBSA-Lackland announces February Diamond Sharp Award winners

By Airman 1st Class Dillon Parker 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Name/rank:  Airman 1st Class Keara L. Holcomb          

Unit:  502nd Installation Support Group, Judge Advocate

Duty title:  Civil Law Paralegal

Time in service:  Seven months

Hometown:  Houston, Texas


Airman 1st Class Keara L. Holcomb serves as a civil law paralegal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. She is both an outstanding and sharp young Airman who is leading example even having only served seven months in the Air Force.  In February alone, Holcomb assisted 78 Airmen, providing 103 powers of attorney and 162 notaries, saving the clients more than $6,100 in legal fees.  Holcomb also volunteered to chaperone 20 kindergarten children attending a field trip, and was responsible for direct supervision of five of those children.  In addition, Holcomb was selected by her peers to serve as the Airman Voice’s Advertisement Chairman, where she is solely responsible for providing outreach and community involvement opportunities to all JBSA Airmen.  

Name/rank: Airman Travis R. Kaja

Unit: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO)

Duty title: Personnel Property Invoicing Technician

Time in service: Nine Months

Hometown: Hartland, Wisconsin


Airman Travis R. Kaja is a Traffic Management Apprentice at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Kaja singlehandedly validated and certified 658 commercial transportation invoices and probed 1,250 invoicing documents with zero discrepancies. His prudent management of the taxpayer dollar resulted in the denial of $4,700 in erroneous transportation charges. Kaja was also key to Cargo Movement operations by helping to prepare and process 1,021 pieces of general cargo, 25 pallets of munitions and 54 weapons weighing 154 pounds.

Name/rank: Tech. Sgt. Noah A. Shoffstall

Unit: Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy

Duty title: Professional Military Education Instructor

Time in service: 12 years, 11 months

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida

Tech. Sgt. Noah A. Shoffstall exceled as the director of operations at the Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy while his supervisor tended to unforeseen medical needs. He managed 250 Learning Management System accounts and led the way in the incorporation of Air University’s new Canvas integration for 10 Noncommissioned Officer Academies across the Air Force. Additionally, using his primary career field knowledge as an airborne cryptologic linguist, Shoffstall mentored and taught 220 students and 30 cadre members the importance of cultural awareness. 

Name/rank: Senior Airman Trinity C. Vickers

Unit: 59th Medical Specialty Squadron

Duty title: Aerospace Medical Technician, Gastroenterology

Time in service: Five years

Hometown: Miami, Florida


Senior Airman Trinity Vickers has shown dedication to the mission and a willingness to learn that is beyond compare.  While assigned to the Gastroenterology Clinic at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, she distinguished herself by taking pride in being the clinic’s “go-to” Airman. During a clinic shortfall, Vickers took on the role of interim noncommissioned officer in vharge, leading clinic operations and ensuring zero degradation of access to care, all while mentoring five Airmen. Additionally, she trained three technicians in the tasks of patient preparation and procedure assistance, and set the benchmark for the Wing in high-level disinfection.