by Senior Airman Elizabeth Gaston, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The wife of an operations officer with the 94th Security Forces Squadron was named the 2012 Spouse of the Year at the annual Wing Family Day at .
Carissa Mayes, the wife of Capt. Robert Mayes, 94th SFS operations officer, was chosen by a panel of judges for her outstanding commitment to the Dobbins Air Reserve Base community.
"Carissa is a phenomenal giver," said Angela Pederson, Airman and Family Readiness Office director. "She just gives of her time to whoever needs it. She comes out to the base and volunteers within their squadron."
Mayes has also volunteered regularly with the base's Airman & Family Readiness Office, and is active within her children's' school, according to Pederson.
After rounding up the crowd at Family Day, Col. Timothy E. Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander, presented the award to her and her family.
The Spouse of the Year award was created seven years ago to recognize spouses for their hard work, which could include handling the "home fires" that crop up to extraordinary volunteerism out in the community.