O’Malley is an Air Force major and F-16 pilot who planned and flew in the initial “shock and awe” campaign of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his combat actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with a Valor device for heroism. Following his combat deployment, he attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, where he was a distinguished graduate and recipient of the Flying Award. He later returned as an instructor and earned six outstanding instructor awards. In March 2009 he received the Anthony C. Shine award from the Air Force, an annual honor for one fighter pilot for outstanding contributions to the community and for proficiency in a fighter aircraft. He was recently selected to the initial cadre for the F-35, the Air Force’s newest fighter.
O'Malley was chosen as one of seven BYU graduates to be recognized by the university during the 2009 Homecoming Celebration, when he received the Young Alumni Award.