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Diamond Sharp: Senior Airman Mathers makes resounding impact

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  • By Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

During a visit to the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel “Mike” Perry, Air Force first sergeant special duty manager, and the 332nd AEW first sergeants carved out some time to recognize Senior Airman Cameron Mathers, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Raven-B operator, with a Diamond Sharp Award at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 23.

“When we, as the First Sergeant Council, were talking about what we wanted to do during our time with Chief Perry, we started discussing the possibility of having him help us with a Diamond Sharp recognition,” Master Sgt. Sterling Hartwick, 332d ESFS first sergeant said. “Senior Airman Mathers’ name was mentioned because he’s always a bright point while going through the entry control points. From his “quote of the day,” to addressing RED HORSE troops by saying, ‘How’s my Rapid Engineering Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineer doing today!?’ he continually makes a meaningful impact with everyone that comes and goes through the gate. It’s because of his dedication to his fellow Airmen of all ranks and his drive to support them, that he was recognized as a truly Diamond Sharp individual.”

The First Sergeants Council Diamond Sharp Award recognizes 332d AEW Airmen who display and help instill in others the Air Force Core Values and who go above-and-beyond both on and off duty.

According to his nomination for the Diamond Sharp award, Mathers has consistently gone above and beyond his primary duties throughout his tour of duty. He’s been vital to security and law enforcement operations at the 332d AEW by providing real-time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as a Raven-B operator.  Additionally, on many occasions, SrA Mather has shown that he not only cares about the mission but about the personnel that execute the mission. His actions while conducting entry controller duties showcases a genuine interest in the Airmen around him. This has allowed him to identify at least two personnel in need of support from the helping agency team, ensuring that the Airmen received the help they needed. Furthermore, SrA Mathers’ drive to help others was considered and ultimately led to his being elected as the vice president of the Red Tail Shield program.

While serving in this role, he’s dedicated over 25 hours to the program, coordinated 30 volunteers, and has personally led 15 briefings. Finally, due to his attention to cultural diversity and his desire to build local relationships, SrA Mathers was hand selected to assist with the establishment and execution of the Wing’s Language Exchange Program. This program has been successful in achieving its goal of bolstering host nation relations and easing communications for daily operations at the 332d.

“SrA Mathers’ sustained focus on the needs of others throughout his tour and the significant achievements he’s accomplished in this pursuit are the reasons why he was chosen for the Diamond Sharp Award,” Hartwick said.