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
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
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"
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.