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AFRC nominates Breazeale, wife for O'Malley Award

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  • By Staff Sgt. Melissa Harvey
  • 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Air Force Reserve Command recently announced its nominees for the 2016 General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, and the 301st Fighter Wing commander and spouse team took the spot.

Col. John Breazeale, 301st Fighter Wing commander, and Mrs. Karen Breazeale earned the nomination based upon their contributions to the Air Force Reserve, wing, and community.

Maj. Gen. Richard Scobee, 10th Air Force commander, shared his thoughts about the nomination.

" I have seen them dedicate countless hours to making sure that the 301 FW is taking care of their members and families and know that their hearts are in this endeavor," he said. "This is a great accomplishment, and I am proud to see a 10 AF commander and spouse be recognized."

The award recognizes the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions to the nation, the Air Force, and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple serving in a key Air Force position.

Numerous contributions to the wing and community that helped secure the Breazeales' selection include partnering with base and community leaders to increase Airman support, doubling the number of trained key spouses, gathering supplies to help Airmen displaced by apartment fires, and driving new programs to combat sexual assault and suicide leading to the training of the entire wing.

"It's truly an honor to be nominated for the O'Malley award," Karen said. "I know that both John and I love the 301st family, and if there's an award to be given for genuinely caring for people and sharing wing successes with the community, then he certainly deserves it. He is such an amazing servant leader ... I just do the best I can. But I can't imagine receiving a better award than one that shows how much you care about the people and community you serve."

Karen's thoughts on the nomination were echoed by her husband.

"It is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to be nominated by 10 AF and selected by AFRC to represent our major command," the colonel said. "The credit really goes to Karen and the Airmen of the 301st Fighter Wing. The nomination to represent AFRC is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to take care of our Airmen and their families."

The Air Force will announce winners later this year.