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NEWS | July 13, 2023

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. Sera C. Perkins
RANK/NAME: Staff Sgt. Sera C. Perkins

UNIT: 616th Operations Center
DUTY TITLE: NCOIC, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division Training
Staff Sgt. Sera C. Perkins supported unit airmen through her development of the “ISRD Morale Outreach Program.” She extensively researched mental health topics and resources which she's compiled into weekly newsletters in support of 140 intel airmen. Coordinating with the Armed Services Blood Program, Perkins led two blood drives for JBSA-Kelly Field Annex members. The blood drives garnered 26 units of blood, alleviating a critical shortage and equipping Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center emergency department to save 78 lives.

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Christian W. Jarman
UNIT: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
DUTY TITLE: Help Desk Supervisor
Senior Airman Christian W. Jarman was elected as the Wing’s first enlisted council vice president. He co-authored the bylaws, backfilled the president’s position for two months, and led a unit-wide car show, raising $640. Jarman also led a 10-member committee for the annual “Summer Bash” morale event. He helped allocate $7,500 in unit funds, gathered 90 volunteers, and provided entertainment for more than 1,400 members and their families.

RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Taylor B. Keown
UNIT: U.S. Air Force Band of the West
DUTY TITLE: Regional Band, Percussion
A committed problem solver, Senior Airman Taylor B. Keown streamlined the hearing protection process, creating a single point of contact for the procurement of $1,200 in safety equipment for seven Airmen, syncing unit mission requirements with occupational medicine's healthcare plan. A church volunteer and steward of 20 youths, Keown planned 10 hours of activities for religious education and mathematics tutoring, raising scores by 7% and strengthening Military City USA's quality of life, resiliency and community bonds.

Senior Airman Jonathan B. Rimmer
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Jonathan B. Rimmer

UNIT: 802nd Security Forces Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Patrolman
Senior Airman Jonathan B. Rimmer’s team devoted 64 hours to a school's Watch DOG Program and were positive male role models for 780 students. Furthermore, his law enforcement background was crucial in securing 372 guests across two campuses. Rimmer restructured the flight fund and raised more than $1,000 in two weeks. Additionally, he utilized a portion of the funds to organize a barbecue for 58 members, funded three going-away gifts and left a lasting impression on departing individuals.

Senior Airman Chassidy V. Toney
RANK/NAME: Senior Airman Chassidy V. Toney
UNIT: 59th Dental Support Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Dental Laboratory Technician
Senior Airman Chassidy V. Toney led the annual squadron infection control training, covering eight high-priority topics directly educating 46 staff on tactics techniques and procedures, ensuring safe care is administered across two medical treatment facilities for 1,900 patients, yielding zero sentinel events in the group. Toney assisted a five-man crew, dedicating 20 hours to 2023's Fit Family Challenge 5K event. Her team safeguarded children, guided course runners/walkers and handed out 500 medals all while protecting 2,000 participants.

Airman 1st Class Cesar Vega Centeno
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Cesar (Jesus) Vega Centeno
UNIT: 559th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Public Health Technician
Airman 1st Class Cesar Vega Centeno was essential in fulfilling the critical manning gap for the Basic Military Training Initial Entry Processing mission, he executed 7,300 audiograms and identified 41 abnormal exams, ensuring the $15,000,000 pipeline was uninterrupted. Vega Centeno devoted 15 hours to charities; he led a 16-member team at the San Antonio Food Bank, helping to feed 100,000 poverty-stricken families, serving 30,000 meals, improving their quality of life, fighting hunger, and boosting community ties.

Airman 1st Class Roberto Lucero Jr.
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Roberto Lucero Jr.
UNIT: 57th Intelligence Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Signals Analyst
Airman 1st Class Roberto Lucero Jr. conducted seven emitter reviews on advanced radar systems that provided critical updates for 4,100 combat aircraft active in five air operating theaters, ultimately averting fratricide risk in support of worldwide ISR operations. Lucero organized his squadron's annual “Summer Splash” event. In this role, he directed a five-member team to facilitate a river float and an off-site luncheon for 84 military families, improving the resiliency and morale across the entire unit.

Airman 1st Class Ryan M. Lynch
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Ryan M. Lynch
UNIT: 850th Spectrum Warfare Group
DUTY TITLE: EW Software Developer
As the booster club president, Airman 1st Class Ryan M. Lynch led three fundraising events, raising more than $2,400.  The funds were used for a morale outing to Top Golf for 20 members and will be used for the unit holiday party. Lynch was hand-selected to brief the wing senior enlisted leader and the 1D7 curriculum manager.  He identified four critical training and equipment gaps within the detachment, resulting in the purchase of a workflow app that saved 15 man-hours per week.

Airman 1st Class Melissa M. Medrano
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Melissa M. Medrano
UNIT: 59th Dental Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Dental Assistant
Airman 1st Class Melissa M. Medrano is the treasurer of the squadron’s morale committee, the secretary for the wing’s Airmen’s Council, and the squadron representative for JBSA-AMN’s voice. She organized two events valued at $388 and secured PD meetings for 20 Airmen. Medrano sponsored and mentored eight Airmen and five company grade officers, providing guidance to incoming personnel and facilitating OJT. She crushed her last CDC volume, tracking to complete UGT five months ahead of peers, coined by the one-star ACC command surgeon.

Airman 1st Class Kyeong H. Yang
RANK/NAME: Airman 1st Class Kyeong H. Yang
UNIT: 59th Medical Logistics Readiness Squadron
DUTY TITLE: Acquisitions Technician
Airman 1st Class Kyeong H. Yang rectified a payment backlog of 61 invoices valued at $433,000, added Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center to the Defense Logistics Agency's surgery contract which maxed 278 surgeries while saving $336,000 and 20 surgical logistics man-power hours. As the squadron booster club secretary, Yang led four morale events for 290 members, promoted diversity while embodying the wingman concept, aiding two members without vehicles and moved a pregnant Airman into a new home.