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Medical squadron personnel best in Air Force

Posted 2/15/2012   Updated 2/16/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Mark Wyatt
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


2/15/2012 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Two Airmen from the 66th Medical Squadron were recently selected as the best in their specialties by the Air Force.

Selected as the 2011 Outstanding Air Force Diagnostics Imaging Noncommissioned Officer of the Year was Staff Sgt. Jamie M. Red. Also selected was Senior Airman Richard L. Riley as the 2011 Outstanding Base Bioenvironmental Engineering Airman of the Year.

As a diagnostic imaging technician, Red was responsible for providing X-rays to more than 1,000 clinic patients, maintaining a 4.5 percent repeat rate, well below the national average. In addition, she was integral in providing X-rays to two security forces military working dogs, which resulted in non-surgical care, averting $1,900 in outsourcing costs.

Red replaced an outdated film printing system, which expedited the X-ray retrieval time by 97 percent and cut film production costs by $15,000. As a basic life support program director, she was also responsible for 23 instructors and seven classes, which fulfilled compliance standards for 800 joint service members.

She was the squadron's security manager, responsible for 138 clearance requests and seven investigations with no mishaps. She served as the squadron booster club president and completed 16 hours of off-duty education toward a nursing management degree.

"Staff Sergeant Red has proven to be an outstanding program manager with an innate ability make things better than she found them," said Master Sgt. Brent Whitby, the NCOIC of Diagnostics and Therapeutics Flight. "Her hard work and dedication to the mission and its people are the hallmark of her success. I am extremely honored to serve with her and humbled to have the opportunity to guide and develop her. She is indeed a showcase performer."

In addition to being named as the 2011 Outstanding Base Bioenvironmental Engineering Airman of the Year, Riley was awarded the 66th Air Base Group Lance P. Sijan for 2011. He was recognized as the No. 1 Airman among 110 of his peers from the group, as well.

Riley flawlessly executed a base emergency response that resulted in him being recognized as an outstanding base readiness exercise performer and was coined by the group commander.

While assigned to Yakota Air Base in Japan, Riley was selected as the Airman of the Quarter. He was also instrumental in collecting 600 air samples which safeguarded 12,000 personnel during Operation Tomodachi.

Riley completed his bachelor's degree and is pursuing his master's degree in environmental management.

In addition, Riley was a key contributor to "Vettes for Vets" fundraiser, which had 1,500 volunteers and more than 350 corvettes that raised $50,000 for veteran care.

"One thing that is apparent about Riley from the moment you meet him is he is a tremendously motivated person in all areas of his life," said Tech. Sgt. Jalayne W. Powers, the NCOIC of Bioenvironmental Engineering. "What makes him the best at what he does is his ability to jump right into a new situation and get the job done with little or no guidance."



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