OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Senior Airman Jasmin Figueroa was selected as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016 during her time as an emergency services technician, assigned to the 51st Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
The award recognizes 12 outstanding enlisted service members for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements.
“She is just extremely motivated and genuinely cares,” said Maj. Regan Lyon, 51st MDOS emergency services flight commander. “She cares not just about patients, but about people.”
Figueroa was selected for Senior Airman Below-the-Zone for her dedication to her people and mission. Some of her accomplishments include leading the pediatrics clinic while overseeing the duties of seven Airmen, driving the wing influenza campaign, and directing a team of three medics to vaccinate 4,000 personnel.
She also facilitated five specialty clinic operations that cared for over 15,000 beneficiaries, garnering her the 2015 U.S. Air Force Outstanding Aerospace Medicine Airman of the Year Award.
The next step in her career is her move to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, to work in a labor and delivery unit.
“I am so excited! I cannot wait to learn different skills. I have always wanted to become a nurse midwife,” Figueroa said. “I know this was a God-move, and that I need to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to grow in my career.”
Lyon says Airmen wanting to follow in Figueroa’s footsteps should look at her motivation, pride, humility, caring nature, drive and attitude.
“Other Airmen should take note of those qualities and do their best to use similar qualities in whatever projects or tasks they have,” Lyon said.
Figueroa will be presented the Outstanding Airman of the Year Award in September at the 2016 Air Force Association Air and Space Conferences and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C.
Award-winners earn the Outstanding Airman ribbon with the bronze service star device and wear the Outstanding Airman badge for one year. They also serve on the Air Force Enlisted Council for one year.
For Figueroa, she feels blessed to be chosen as an outstanding Airman.
“It is still very unreal to me,” Figueroa said. “I know God placed the right people in my life, and I am very grateful for everyone’s help!”
Figueroa’s advice to Airmen is that whatever they want to do, to make sure it comes from the heart.
“I learned that success comes from trying to help others succeed. It is more fun and more rewarding that way. I would definitely encourage everyone to work hard and not lose sight of what your goals are,” Figueroa said.