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NEWS | March 17, 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. Heather M. Britten

Unit: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Det. 6, Cryptologic Cyber Systems Division
Duty Title: NCOIC, Signal Intelligence Radio Element

On Jan. 29, Tech. Sgt. Heather M. Britten swiftly responded to cries for help from outside her San Antonio home. She discovered her distraught neighbor, whose husband had collapsed and was unresponsive. Britten’s training immediately kicked in and after assessing the scene and discovering the man was not breathing, she quickly began administering CPR.  She continued her lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived and transported the fallen man to a nearby hospital. On Feb. 3, Britten answered a knock at her door and was relieved to find her grateful neighbor, whose life she had saved, waiting to thank her.

Rank/Name: Tech. Sgt. Justin K. Garay

Unit: 833rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron
Duty Title: Cyber Warfare Operator

Tech. Sgt. Justin K. Garay takes charge of any program handed to him. He has taken the reins for managing the squadron's network and host flights Persistent Cyber Training Environment content creation. He troubleshoots numerous operator's account creation and set-up issues. Garay scheduled six Persistent Cyber Training Environment events for the squadron to sharpen and hone operator skills. As Unit Fitness Program Manager, he has jump-started the squadron's fitness program in preparation for the resumption of fitness testing. His fitness trackers assist all flights in holding individuals accountable and he's personally led physical training for multiple flights.

Rank/Name: Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Carney

Unit: 502nd Security Forces Squadron
Duty Title: Base Defense Operations Controller

Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Carney has demonstrated impeccable leadership, integrity and loyalty within the unit. His knowledge and professionalism supersede his peers, making him the “go-to guy.” Carney dedicated 28 hours developing a comprehensive job knowledge study guide, covering changes to his squadron’s duty performance evaluations, thus bolstering job knowledge by 60 percent. Carney also volunteered to drive Airman to and from work during the recent winter storm. Carney’s selfless efforts positively impacted the mission and guaranteed multiple Airmen were able to return home safely to their families.    

Rank/Name: Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Chretin

Unit: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
Duty Title: Shipment Distribution Technician

Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Chretin is a hardworking NCO who has been irreplaceable to the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office and was essential during the recent Texas winter storms. Chretin led the Direct Procured Method team, consisting of two civilians, while also supporting the Shipment Distribution Coded section, booking 54 shipments.  Additionally, He expertly routed eight local and 11 student baggage moves. In addition, Chretin processed 13 date changes, realigning timelines, ensuring on-time pickups and saving the Department of Defense $4,600 in attempted pick-up fees.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Dalton C. Burns

Unit: 802nd Security Forces Squadron
Duty Title: Installation Patrolman

Senior Airman Dalton C. Burns has shown himself as a well-rounded Airman, not only excelling in his assigned duties but setting an example for his peers by taking part in the community. Selected as the primary usher for the 502nd Air Base Wing Annual Awards Ceremony, he escorted 65 nominees as well as senior JBSA leadership, five organizations and 50 attendees. Additionally, during the recent statewide power outage, Burns emerged as a servant-leader by distributing more than 100 coffee beverages to the on-duty Security Forces flight, while checking on their overall health and welfare during the frigid temperatures.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Adrienne Rogers

Unit: 59th Dental Training Squadron
Duty Title: Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Assistant

Senior Airman Adrienne Rogers is an enormous asset to her flight and a leader among peers. She was hand-selected to an E-5 position as maxillofacial prosthodontics NCOIC by the program director. She immediately teamed six clinics across three installations to provide $8,700 of life-changing treatment for 24 Wounded Warriors and cancer patients. She improved clinic operations by standardizing treatment rooms and the logistics process. Additionally, Rogers was a key member of the base "Give Kids a Smile" event, providing treatment to 89 kids.  Finally, she received the 59th Dental Group "Top Performer" award for her dedication to the mission.