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Wing commander and his wife nominated for Jerome F. O'Malley award

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The Air Force Reserve Command has announced who they will nominate for the Jerome F. O'Malley award.

Col. Steven Vautrain and his wife, Katie, were notified by command officials that they will be the nominees. 

Each year, the O'Malley award is given to a wing commander and spouse team for their contribution and dedication to the military.

The award is spotlighting the leadership accomplishments of the wing commander and his wife for 2012. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will also give "national recognition" to Katie Vautrain for founding the Holyoke Soldiers' Home Alzheimer's Association Partnership Program.

The award is named after Gen. Jerome F. O'malley, a four-star general who spent four years in Westover during his early career. He and his wife, Diane, were known for caring for military families and their community support.  

The couple died in an airplane crash in Pennsylvania in 1985.

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