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NEWS | Dec. 13, 2017

628th MDG Airman receives Diamond Sharp Award

By Senior Airman Thomas T. Charlton Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Senior Airman Ramel Hicks, 628th Medical Group health services manager and command support staff administrator, received the First Sergeants Council Diamond Sharp Award here, Dec. 6, 2017.


The Diamond Sharp Award is presented to an Airman who demonstrates superior leadership skills, professional appearance, attitude and performance.


“When first sergeants look for an Airman for this award, the whole Airman concept is assessed,” said Tech. Sgt. Robert Niter, 628th MDG interim first sergeant. “They look at how they perform at their job, what they do for their own development and if they volunteer.”


Hicks received the award for filling various NCO in charge duties and responsibilities over the course of a month while maintaining a 100 percent on-time completion rate for 628th Air Base Wing tasks. He also works with the 628th Military Personnel Section to ensure all 628th MDG members are assigned to the correct personnel accounting symbol code, possess accurate duty information and are in-processed properly.


“Receiving this award shows how people pay attention to what you’re doing and how you are applying yourself,” said Hicks. “It feels good to be recognized for all of the things I do.”


Hicks is involved in the oversight of the Drug Demand Reduction program, which manages the no-notice drug screenings. Additionally, he fills in as the secretary for the 628th MDG commander, maintaining the communication between the 628th MDG and outside agencies on or off base. He also arranges all briefings and meetings with clinical staff and interacts with squadron leadership and wing executives.


“He is someone I want others to look up to so they can strive to achieve what he is able to do,” said Niter. “Hicks demonstrates a higher degree of leadership skill than you normally see in Airmen.”


On top of all of his work duties and responsibilities, Hicks maintains a 4.0 GPA at Park University. He has completed his seven-level career development courses and is two classes shy of attaining his Community College of the Air Force degree.


“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is you have to learn to be as much of a follower as well as a leader,” said Hicks. “You need to learn how to perfect your job the best you can and set the example. People will start looking up to you and you need to deliver the right message.”