by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake
55th Wing Public Affairs
10/1/2015 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The
Air Force Association recently recognized an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
flying crew as the 2015 General Jerome F. O'Malley Award winners.
Each year, the title is given to the best reconnaissance crew in the U.S. Air Force.
The award's namesake was a U.S Air Force pilot who was stationed in
several reconnaissance wings. O'Malley acquired more than 5,000 flying
hours during his thirty-plus years of service.
"I am extremely proud of what our Fightin' Fifth members are doing on a
daily basis around the world and this team certainly deserved to be
recognized for their actions," said U.S. Air Force Col. Marty Reynolds,
55th Wing commander.
This year's winning crew was comprised of Airmen from the 38th
Reconnaissance Squadron, 97th Intelligence Squadron, and 55th
Intelligence Support Squadron. They were recognized for their actions
during their deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in
As stated in the award citation, their outstanding contributions ensured
dedicated airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
coverage was available to support American and coalition forces
attempting to locate a downed pilot who had been captured by enemy
fighters. Their actions also supported the larger efforts of OIR.
"This crew answered the call as our wing has done now for more than 25
straight years in the CENTCOM AOR," Reynolds said. "I'm truly humbled
and honor to be their teammates and I congratulate them on their honor."
They received the award in conjunction with the 2015 Air & Space
Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.