JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
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 Cruz E. Dozal
UNIT: 319th Training Squadron
DUTY TITLE: BEAST Cadre
Tech. Sgt Cruz E. Dozal showed great initiative by stepping up and taking over the squadron’s information technology equipment custodian program, immediately identifying and crafting a plan to address 152 program deficiencies. He also led a four-member team to install squadron network access capability for 34 personnel, allowing for no mission degradation. Dozal also responded to a trainee with a dislocated kneecap, where he stabilized the patient and expedited advanced care. He led Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training, or BEAST, operating procedures standardization for 34 instructors throughout four zones affecting 40,000 recruits annually.
RANK/NAME: Staff Sgt. Kaylia Brantley
UNIT: 59th Surgical Operations Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Orthopedic Administration Technician
As the squadron’s sole orthopedic administrative technician NCO, Staff Sgt. Kaylia Brantley has fully innovated the schedules of three departments, 17 providers and more than 10,000 patient encounters. She’s responsible for supervising two civilians, along with training the clinic nurse with administrative duties. Brantley successfully executed two continuous process improvements in the department. Currently completing her Community College of the Air Force degree with a 4.0 GPA, she has also completed more than 10 hours of professional development courses, while applying her knowledge to her everyday duties.
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Isis A. Alston
UNIT: 59th Radiology Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist
Senior Airman Isis A. Alston managed daily floor operations for diagnostic imaging and computed tomography sections. She guided 34 members to accomplish 5,400 exams across eight tele-radiology sites and two facilities. Alston backfilled the special procedures section for two weeks, scheduling and performing exams for 20 patients resulting in zero patient care interruptions. Additionally, she coordinated the first COVID-19-era squadron fitness team-building event to ensure zero fitness failures upon official assessment relaunch. Alston was coined by the squadron commander for exceptional patient care and leadership and also completed her associates degree, becoming eligible to challenge the National Radiology Registry Exam.
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Andrew Leal Jr.
UNIT: 502nd Security Forces Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Flight Armorer
Senior Airman Andrew Leal Jr. spearheaded the unit’s weapons modernization program, assisting the combat arms manager during the transfer and reconversion of 282 outdated M4 Rifles to the unit’s newest weapon system, the M4A1 Fully Automatic Rifle, worth a total of $1.8 million. Leal dedicated more than 36 off-duty hours working this tasker, while still continuing to work his regular 12-hour duty shifts as a Flight Armorer, supporting JBSA-Fort Sam Houston’s daily mission. As flight armorer, Leal oversees accountability of 10,000 rounds of ammunition and more than $8 million in six separate weapons systems and critical mission essential equipment.
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Angela Hollins
UNIT: 559th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Public Health Technician
Airman 1st Class Angela Hollins manages her upgrade training and daily tasks flawlessly, achieving a 92% average on her end-of-course exams and setting herself up to complete her upgrade requirements ahead of schedule. Her professionalism led to being one of five Airman handpicked to participate in a panel where she mentored 31 officers on desired leadership qualities. She recently led training for 27 installation unit deployment managers to ensure they were up to date with current processes.