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Team Shaw remembers fellow Airman

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  • By Airman 1st Class Destani K. Matheny
  • 20 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Team Shaw Airmen and families came together to remember the life of fallen Staff Sgt. Amalia Joseph, a 20th Component Maintenance Squadron electronic warfare journeyman, during a memorial service here, June 7.

Joseph, who passed away May 26 due to health complications, was described as a selfless mentor, caring, patient and loving to those around her.

“Joseph was always smiling,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Hayes, Air Forces Central Command inspector manager. “Every single time I would walk past her, she would stop what she was doing to strike up a conversation. Every single time, she always had the biggest smile on her face. She brightened up the room with her presence.”

When Hayes had to leave the state for three months, he knew he had to find someone he fully trusted to look after his dog. Joseph jumped to the occasion to help him out in his time of need and cared for his dog while he was gone.

“She was a genuine type of person who would encourage, respect and assist others when needed,” said Hayes. “She was one of the very few that rarely did anything wrong and I honestly believe that not one person could say a bad thing about her. She will be greatly missed.”

Senior Airman Gabrielle Kirvin, 20th CMS electronic warfare specialist, said that it was Christmas 2019 when she was able to fully see Joseph’s love and dedication to her family.

“I was unable to go home,” said Kirvin “She invited me with open arms to be with her family and become a part of them. Her cooking reminded me of the family I couldn’t be around for that Christmas.”

Joseph was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for her meritorious achievements.
“She was always busy doing that other full time job of hers, being a mother,” said Senior Airman Julien Smith, 20th CMS electronic warfare specialist. “I wish she could see the amazing individuals I know her kids will turn out to be. I know she would be proud of whatever path they choose to make for themselves.”

Joseph is survived by her husband Brenthum Joseph and two sons Deneilson and Renaldo.