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NEWS | May 19, 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.

Tech. Sgt. Derek N. Torres
RANK/NAME: Tech. Sgt. Derek N. Torres
UNIT: 149th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
DUTY TITLE: F-16 Aircraft Armament Systems
HOMETOWN: Karnes City, Texas
Tech. Sgt. Derek N. Torres stands out amongst his peers serving as a “one man” on an armament loading crew for the F-16 fighter aircraft. Torres recently led a crew of three Airmen that assisted in loading 649 bombs on aircraft for student pilot heavyweight bomb requirements with zero discrepancies, achieving a 98.8% drop rate. Torres is also a unit career advisor, advising Airmen about military benefits to help them make career decisions. From his leadership capabilities and charismatic personality to his sharp appearance while in uniform, he consistently personifies the characteristics that make a great NCO.

Staff Sgt. Yaneliez V. Padilla-Lang
RANK/NAME: Staff Sgt. Yaneliez V. Padilla-Lang
Unit:  502nd Operations Support Squadron
Duty title:  Host Aviation Resource Management Office
Time in service: 8 years, 4 months
Hometown:  Tampa, Florida
Staff Sgt. Yaneliez V. Padilla-Lang leads the Host Aviation Resource Management Office’s in/out processing section, diligently maintaining more than 1,315 records. Her expertise has ensured accurate aircrew record transfers for 19 AFSCs and six COCOMS, securing distribution of aircrew records throughout 17 joint military bases. Padilla-Lang was also appointed secretary for the 502nd OSS Booster Club, where she revamped the by-laws. She also led 32 volunteers during the 2022 Great Texas Airshow, raising $1.2K funds for upcoming squadron functions. Her attention to detail and AFI-driven mindset have enabled her office to run efficiently during manning shortfalls.

Senior Airman Ashley D. Harris
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Ashley D. Harris
UNIT: 59th Radiology Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist
TIME IN SERVICE: 2 Years, 11 months
HOMETOWN: Gainesville, Florida
Senior Airman Ashley D. Harris was elevated to the role of floor manager for the largest diagnostic imaging department in the Air Force, which has traditionally been held by an NCO. In this role, she directed day-to-day operations for 24 staff who collectively executed 2,363 studies and contributed to $850,000 in provided services. She was appointed as a superuser for the Joint-Base San Antonio radiology system upgrade and facilitated training for 36 staff members and was a key member of the first-ever military site to upgrade to the Enterprise Imaging platform, benchmarking the transition for Department of Defense-wide implementation.

Senior Airman Brooke E. Loveless
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Brooke E. Loveless
UNIT: 502nd Security Forces Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Installation Patrolman
TIME IN SERVICE: 5 years, 6 months
HOMETOWN: Tyler, Texas
Senior Airman Airman Brooke E. Loveless led entry controller duties for the Great Texas Airshow, screening more than 2,000 personnel, confiscating 32 unauthorized weapons and providing safety for hundreds of thousands of attendees. She also filled in as lead patrol for Brooke Army Medical Center site, supervising 11 Army, Air Force and civilian members, vetting 3,500 guests and inspecting 14 commercial vehicles, securing the Department of Defense's largest level 1 trauma center. Loveless leveraged her squadron's private organization secretary position, leading four Defenders in executing the squadron's first promotion ceremony since the pandemic, along with coordinating refreshments for the 502nd Security Forces Group Police Week.

Airman 1st Class Bradley N. Tatterson
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Bradley N. Tatterson
UNIT: 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Electronic Warfare Signals Analyst
TIME IN SERVICE: 1 year, 9 months
HOMETOWN: Asheville, North Carolina
Airman 1st Class Bradley N. Tatterson is the lead electronic warfare analyst, monitoring the conflict in Eastern Europe. His thorough analysis has resulted in the detection and reporting of 14 threat systems operating at new locations. This effort has provided the coalition partners with timely electronic orders of battle information. He has trained 11 other analysts to perform these duties, increasing the capabilities of the flight by 75%. Tatterson also led a signals analysis team in a joint exercise. During this time, his team published 44 tactical reports which illuminated the threats to combat aircraft in the environment.

Airman 1st Class Chelsea A. Zoleta
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Chelsea A. Zoleta
UNIT: 59th Radiology Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Diagnostic Imaging Technologist
TIME IN SERVICE: 1 year, 6 months
HOMETOWN: Portland, Oregon
After completing a demanding 39-week technical training with a 96% and Distinguished Graduate honors, Airman 1st Class Chelsea A. Zoleta hit the ground sprinting, immediately co-chairing a committee for the radiology medical director’s retirement ceremony, which was presided over by the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General. As committee lead, she guided a team of four Airmen and devoted 16 hours to prepare the venue, efforts that helped honor a 27-year military career. She also distinguished herself in the performance of her primary duties by completing 223 exams during April, besting 31 of her peers, and earning the coveted “Top Performer” award.