17 MDOS member named 2nd AFNCO of the Quarter

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Jason Cuevas, a member of the 17th Medical Operations Squadron, was recognized by 2nd Air Force as the NCO of the Quarter for January through March.

"I was very excited to find out about the award. I've never received an award at that level before," said Sgt. Cuevas.

"We were all very proud of Sgt. Cuevas' achievement. He's part of the dental team and it validates what an outstanding
group of people we have in the clinic. Personally, I'm very proud of his accomplishments, but I can't take any credit for his superior performance. I see my role as a motivator and a mentor; the drive and the discipline required to win an award at this level is solely a result of his personal efforts," said Master Sgt. Walt Baranowski, 17th Medical Group dental clinic flight chief.

The congratulations didn't stop at Sgt. Cuevas' work place.

"My wife was very excited because she understands the job I have. She has supported me through a lot this past year and she loves to see my hard work receive recognition. My parents and younger brother were very proud of me because we're an Air Force family. My father is a retired master sergeant and my brother is currently a cadet at the Air Force Academy," said Sgt. Cuevas.

Sgt. Cuevas also mentioned that some of his friends from other bases and assignments also congratulated him. The 2nd Air Force NCO of the Quarter award recognizes the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of an NCO's job performance, including contributions to mission effectiveness, leadership and mentorship in the workplace, professional and career development and improvement. To a lesser degree, nominations also emphasize contributions, participation and activities outside of job duties.

Sgt. Cuevas has received other awards and recognitions, including Airman of the Quarter for April to July 2000, 18th Dental Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan and NCO of the Quarter for July to September 2005, 17th Medical Operations Squadron.

Master Sgt. Walt Baranowski was one of the persons who nominated Sgt. Cuevas for his recent award. He had the following words to share about his NCO's recent recognition. "Staff Sgt. Cuevas is the NCO in charge of Dental Records and Reception. In that role he acts as the 'face of the dental clinic' to hundreds of patients every month. As a result, he and his team sustained outstanding customer service ratings in the over 160 post treatment surveys sent to our patients every quarter. His duties also require flexibility and quick thinking to manage the clinic's 10 appointment books. His efficiency in that role has put the clinic on track to deliver $2 million in care this fiscal year, a mile- stone that has never been reached here at Goodfellow. Second Air Force has recognized what we here in the Medical Group already knew, he's a winner and we're very proud to have him as a part of the Cobra team." (The cobra is the team mascot for the 17th Medical Group.)