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NEWS | April 14, 2021

JBSA First Sergeant Diamond Sharp Awards

By 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: Staff Sgt. Derek Vincellete
Unit: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Cyber Systems Division
Duty Title: Communication security officer

Staff Sgt. Derek Vincellete leads a team of four military members and civilians who manage 235 assets directly supporting the Department of Defense crypto sustainment program. He took over the program after a failed inspection and received an excellent rating two months later. Vincelette was recently called to action when a deployed team’s crypto failed while on a mission supporting a National Security Agency site. He was able to diagnose and resolve the failure over the phone, saving the mission. He is a natural leader and never hesitates to go above and beyond to help his fellow Airman.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Alyssa A. Blumenburg
Unit: 93rd Intelligence Squadron
Duty Title: Analyst

Senior Airman Alyssa Blumenberg’s drive and dedication have made her a subject matter expert, in addition to the team lead on multiple missions. After being tipped off on a major technology of interest, she discovered identifiers previously unknown to the intelligence community which shaped future operations. Blumenberg also dedicated 70 hours over a three-week period to provide transportation for a new Airman to and from work until the member secured a vehicle. Lastly, as the morale team lead for 60 members, she spearheaded a meal train providing two weeks of hot meals to a new active duty mother in need.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Anthony Ciotti-Lucas
Unit: 35th Intelligence Squadron
Duty Title: Cyber Surety Journeyman

While at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Senior Airman Anthony Ciotti-Lucas displayed superb situational awareness when he saw a woman swaying and about to collapse. Taking the initiative and rushing to offer aid, Ciotti-Lucas observed indications of a seizure and shifted her into a safer position until trained medical personnel arrived. He communicated vital information about symptoms throughout the episode, such as how far apart spasms were and descriptions of the incident before she collapsed. He exemplified Air Force Core Values through quick thinking, compassion for others and his exceptional ability to provide medical assistance without formal medical training.

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Dixon
Unit: 59th Radiology Squadron
Duty Title: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist

Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Dixon’s leadership was pivotal during the recent Extremism Stand Down, as she facilitated training for 20 personnel. Her attention to detail sought and eradicated 50 expired items from radiology’s inventory. Dixon authored five funding requests worth $1,600 to align the section with the newly published Career Field Education and Training Plan. As the diagnostic imaging floor manager, she led operations for 2,600 exams and 33 personnel, which includes quality control parameters for eight teleradiology bases, saving $109,000. Finally, she captured the 2020 historian report for the radiology squadron, incorporating 32 major events during a worldwide pandemic. 

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Desmond A. Valdez
Unit: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
Duty Title: Shipment Distribution Technician

Senior Airman Desmond A. Valdez has made an extraordinary impact on the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office as a shipment distribution technician. He booked 179 non-temporary storage shipments, obligating $104,028.  Additionally, Valdez deciphered 184 email inquiries and swiftly processed 32 date change requests, saving the Department of Defense $2,752 in attempted pick-up fees. He strived for after-hours education at the University of Arizona Global Campus, completing six credit hours, while fulfilling unit honor guard duties.

Spc. 4 Honesty N. Davis-Spriggs (U.S. Space Force)
Unit: 531st Intelligence Squadron
Duty Title: Windows & Infrastructure Technician

Spc. 4 Honesty N. Davis-Spriggs distinguished herself by leading the 531st Intelligence Squadron Safety Program, reviving a three-year-old obsolete program and supported more than 300 members during Winter Storm Uri. She also devoted time to off-duty education, earning 18 credits towards a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. As a result, Davis led training for a 10-member work center on server application security. Davis also served as a flight physical training leader, mock-testing 10 Airman and leading 12 flight workout sessions.