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Release No: 527-95
September 27, 1995


Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald Fogleman will present the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley award to Col. and Mrs. John H. Campbell, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Fla., Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. during ceremonies at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum.

Campbell, the former wing commander of Aviano AB, Italy, and his wife are being honored for their outstanding efforts in support of NATO Operation Deny Flight.

The O'Malley Award recognizes the wing commander and spouse whose contributions to the nation, the Air Force and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple in a key Air Force position. O' Malley and his wife, Diane, were killed in a 1985 aircraft crash while enroute to a Boy Scout fundraising banquet in Scranton, Penn. O'Malley was the commander of the Tactical Air Command at the time of his death.

Campbell was assigned to Aviano Air Base in 1993. During the Campbells' tenure, the base received its first-ever permanently assigned aircraft and was thereby responsible for the arrival of 1,400 new military members and their families. Simultaneously, the wing supported over 1,200 members of a multinational force in support of DENY FLIGHT.

While Campbell helped build an 800-person tent city at Aviano, his wife participated in a base chapel aid program for Bosnian refugees in Slovenia. Campbell and his wife were also instrumental in the development of the first Government Rental Housing Program, providing members with quality "turn-key" housing.

To attend the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, contact Major Chris Geisel of Air Force Public Affairs at (703) 695-0640 before Thursday, Sep. 28.

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