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NEWS | April 29, 2022

JBSA First Sergeant Diamond Sharp Awards

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.

Staff Sgt. Tyler L. Priddy

RANK/NAME: Staff Sgt. Tyler L. Priddy
UNIT: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
DUTY TITLE:  Supervisor, Storage-In-Transit
TIME IN SERVICE: 6 years, 2 months
HOMETOWN:  Louisville, Kentucky
Staff Sgt. Tyler L. Priddy serves as a Storage-In-Transit Supervisor at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-South Central.  Priddy scrutinized customer storage entitlements for 31 installations, converting 179 shipments resulting in a government savings of $508,400.  Additionally, he enhanced a regionalization effort by directing the index of 12,000 database records in two weeks, sustaining carrier liability for 2,600 customers. Priddy also partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation and cleared 100 pounds of trash, beautifying the local community. Priddy teamed with Habitat for Humanity in a home-building project establishing housing for two families.

Senior Airman Dustin M. Braaten

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Dustin M. Braaten
UNIT: 3rd Audio Visual Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Visual Production Specialist
HOMETOWN: Okinawa, Japan
Senior Airman Dustin M. Braaten helped resurrect the squadron’s 9C Flying Program, expanding the mission and enabling the capture of high-definition aerial imagery. He facilitated the establishment of an interfly agreement with the 2nd Bomb Wing to ensure safe, consistent operations and a long-term partnership.  Concurrently, he led two high-visibility Global Strike productions (typically directed by a GS-12) that delivered critical assurance and deterrence messaging which supports the National Defense Strategy.  Moreover, he managed 15 physical training sessions across 31 days as a new Physical Training Leader, growing our squadron fitness test average to 93%.   

Senior Airman Jessica T. Cannon

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Jessica T. Cannon
UNIT: 59th Medical Specialty Squadron
Duty title: Medical Technician, Cardiology Clinic
Time in service: 3 years, 6 months
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Senior Airman Jessica T. Cannon continuously strives for excellence in all she does. Within the last month, she conducted 59 electrocardiograms, supported 567 appointments, enrolled 35 patients with holter monitors, and provided face-to-face education to 60 high-risk patients, rendering $30,400 in services. In addition, as the squadron education monitor, she managed 180 members and integrated a new tracking system that validated 1,900 training requirements and upgraded four enlisted, increasing the overall compliance from 60%-90%. Finally, she is a full-time student where she completed five classes with a 4.0 grade point average; recognized on the President’s List for academic excellence.

Senior Airman Thomas J. Johnson

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Thomas J. Johnson
UNIT: 959th Medical Operations Squadron Nephrology Clinic
Duty title: Team Lead/Medical Technician
Time in service: 4 years
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Senior Airman Thomas J. Johnson stepped up and took charge of the Nephrology Clinic as interim NCOIC from January to March 2022, overseeing five personnel and assisting 28 medical officers, providing excellent care to 550 patients, and garnering the clinic 100% patient safety satisfaction right out the gate. Johnson enforced infection control standards, contributing to the reinstatement of the hospital’s accreditation given by The Joint Commission. He also acted as the training manager for 36 members and ensured everyone’s training was up to date. Johnson proactively scheduled 100 patients on the waiting list, maintaining access to care for established patients. 

Senior Airman Jai D. Jones

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Jai D. Jones
UNIT: 502d Operations Support Squadron
Duty title:  Air Traffic Control Tower Trainer
Time in service: 3.8 years
Hometown:  Killeen, Texas
Senior Airman Jai D. Jones deployed with 19th Air Force’s Air Traffic Control Rapid Response Team and his technical expertise enabled him to earn two position certifications in five days, smashing the standard by 97% percent and leading to a by-name-request for a second deployment. Jones also participated in a Continual Process Improvement event for JBSA-Lackland tower’s training program. He and his team established 43 countermeasures, overcoming program deficiencies and overhauling the training process. Jones’ relentless work ethic is instrumental in maintaining his facility’s 100% upgrade training completion rate, the highest in Air Education and Training Command.

Airman 1st Class Capri Fears

RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Capri Fears
UNIT: 502d Security Forces Squadron
Duty title: Flight Armorer
Time in service: 2 years
Hometown: Tupelo, Mississippi
Airman 1st Class Capri Fears spearheaded the unit’s $56.3K weapons modernization program, assisting the combat arms manager during the reconversion to M18 pistols. She was instrumental in meeting a Security Forces higher headquarters directive, by ensuring 100% M18 Pistol qualifications for 320 Defenders, leading to being the only cop unit in JBSA to meet and exceed this standard by four months.  Fears also completed her armory certification, vetted 10,000 rounds of ammunition and tracked $8 million worth of critical mission-essential equipment. Her feedback was vital to unearthing an eight-year discrepancy and launched an $85,000 military contract to house 354 weapon systems.