JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Technical Sergeant Jermaine R. Beasley was selected as the Air National Guard’s 2018 Outstanding Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.
Beasley, a client systems craftsman with the 236th Combat Communications Squadron, Hammond Air National Guard Station, Louisiana, was selected from NCOs from across the 90 ANG wings for the award. His tireless desire to succeed, innovative ideas, selfless dedication to his Airmen and the mission and his generous and charitable spirit has set him apart from his peers.
“I never thought that I would get an award like this,” Beasley gushed with a huge grin. “I’m not a person who does things for awards, I do them for myself or to help out. So getting an award for it is kind of overwhelming because it’s not something that you expect to get.”
When reflecting on why he thought he had been selected for the honor, from the thousands of NCO’s submitted, Beasley gave a sheepish shrug, brimming with humility.
“When you were just doing something because you felt like that was what you needed to do,” Beasley said, “to be honored for it is just another level.”
When it comes to efficiency and innovation, Beasley has played a key role in managing millions of dollars in equipment and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars for his unit as well as for combatant commands in theater.
While deployed, Beasley revived Al Udeid Air Base’s Information Technology Asset Management program, boosting efficiency by 88percent. He also coordinated Al Udeid’s technology refresh, deploying and configuring 1300 workstations for 45 units which accomplished the modernization of a $419K, IT infrastructure.
Among a plethora of other accomplishments, Beasley also utilized his own personal assets to engineer and build a unique and much-needed training lab server for his Airmen while in a deployed environment.
“I care a lot about the Airmen I supervise,” Beasley declared. “I always want to make sure that they aren’t having a hard time with something or that they understand their training. Even in their personal lives, if they have an issue they can reach out and I will do my best to support them or try to get them answers when they need it.”
Beasley has a servant’s heart and fully embodies the spirit of the Air Force core value, “service before self.” Beasley volunteers for the Saint Vincent DePaul charity, helping organize donated goods for distribution to community members in need. Also, when his Airmen were deployed in a high tempo environment, he was instrumental in the implementation of a rest and relief cycle, boosting morale and productivity.
“I guess looking back, as an NCO or just an Airman in general, a lot of the things I did weren’t necessarily a part of my job,” Beasley said reflectively. “I was going above and beyond to accomplish something or to help someone out, or just to make the lives of the Airmen I supervise easier.”
Referred to as a beacon of positivity by his local leadership, Beasley acknowledges that the life of an Airman may not always be easy, but encourages others to find the opportunities within the things they may face during their military careers.
“It’s going to be hard,” Beasley admitted. “There are going to be times that you feel you hate your leadership or hate what they’re telling you to do. You’re not going to understand it, but with that comes growth. You’re going to learn how to be a leader and what you want your Airmen to see of you, what you want them to do and how you want them to evolve as a person.”
Beasley believes the military has its ebbs and flows like any other career, but believes joining is a great choice.
“It is a good thing to be in the military and it is a great opportunity as long as you take advantage of that opportunity and make the most of it,” Beasley affirmed.
Beasley credits his parents for instilling a discipline within him that only comes from a military background. That discipline helped him strive to be a good student and learn to connect with others.
“My parents were actually the foundation for my military career,” he said. “My mom was Army and my dad was Navy. They were the foundation to get me focused. I always strived to make good grades. I tried to be very active in school even though I’m not a very socially active person. I tried to do a lot for personal growth.”
Beasley uses the terms “we” and “us” naturally when speaking of his accomplishments. He includes his team in every aspect of what he’s achieved and beams with pride when speaking of their professionalism and technical prowess.
When pressed to take some semblance of personal responsibility or credit for being selected for the honor of ANG NCO of the year, Beasley referred to himself, stating simply as he had several times before, “I was just doing what I thought needed to be done.”