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NEWS | Jan. 15, 2021

JBSA First Sergeant Diamond Sharp Awards

By Joint Base San Antonio First Sergeants Council Joint Base San Antonio First Sergeants Council

The Diamond Sharp Award is sponsored by the Joint Base San Antonio First Sergeants Council and recognizes outstanding Airmen who continually exceed the standard to meet the Air Force mission.

Rank/Name: Tech. Sgt. Thomas Corral

Unit: 149th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Duty title: F-16 Crew Chief

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Corral recently came off a COVID-19 Task Force joint tasking where he was the noncommissioned officer in charge of three different teams of 18 Army personnel each. He managed the logistics, planning, communications, site surveying and overall testing of more than 8,000 people. From his leadership capabilities and charismatic personality to his sharp appearance while in uniform, he consistently embodies and portrays the characteristics that make a great NCO.

Rank/Name: Staff Sgt. Paul Renker

Unit: 149th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Duty title: F-16 Hydraulic Craftsmen

After Staff Sgt. Paul Renker purchased a 3-D printer to explore a new hobby, he assessed the demand for personal protective equipment in light of COVID-19 and immediately repurposed his printer to support civilian agencies experiencing shortfalls. He has provided more than 200 3-D printed masks with relief straps for first responders and correction officers located in San Antonio. He also aided frontline health care workers in Abilene, Texas, that were completely depleted of PPE by supplying them with face shields.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Eve J. Bell
Unit: 453th Electronic Warfare Squadron
Duty title: Programmer

Senior Airman Eve J. Bell took on new responsibility during a software migration in which she monitored an operational program while the senior programming scientist was out of the office.  Additionally, during the same software migration, she conducted testing of the environment to ensure her programming peers would be able to continue their work.  Bell continues to develop and show phenomenal progression in her core duties at the 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron.

Name/Rank: Senior Airman Whitley J. Green

Unit:  Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-South Central
Duty title:  Cyber Logistics Technician

Senior Airman Whitley J.  Green conquered 218 service tickets, upgraded 110 Adobe licenses and drove a short-notice software deployment.  Additionally, she successfully executed an $8,000 hard drive update one month ahead of schedule amplifying workflow capabilities for 105 technicians providing personal property support for 31 installations. Green also assisted the First Sergeant Diamond Tree program by wrapping and distributing gifts as well as orchestrating a food drive, collecting 100 pounds of canned goods in support of the local food bank.

Name/Rank: Senior Airman Izaiah Mathew-Dominguez
Unit: 93rd Intelligence Squadron
Duty title: Network Analyst/Training Manager

Senior Airman Izaiah Mathew-Dominguez is responsible for training personnel and tracking their progress, typically reserved for an NCO. Additionally, he took initiative to in-process four new personnel and ensured members got their accounts and duty schedules. Mathew-Dominguez volunteered to set up and tear down a charity fundraiser that raised $50,000. He is also the flight safety representative. He ensured members had all the necessary information and handled it with humor to maintain a high level of morale during trying times.

Name/Rank: Airman 1st Class Jason W. Castillo

Unit: 531st Intelligence Squadron
Duty Title: Network Operations Center Technician

Airman 1st Class Jason W. Castillo managed the efforts to restore the Drug Enforcement Agency's network in coordination with the Defense Information Systems Agency and enabled top-secret network capabilities in support of a $6 billion narcotic fraud case resulting in 345 arrests. Castillo also completed 17 credit hours towards his bachelor’s degree in information technology, garnering 2 IT certifications and being awarded his Community College of the Air Force degree. He used his knowledge to create five standard operating procedures to train a three-man shop for around-the-clock network operations. Castillo led a 14-member project with Habitat for Humanity, devoting 112 man-hours towards construction, helping save $19,000 and was able to house 18 families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.