Dr.Karen Combs Inducted into Hall of Fame

Dr. Karyn M. Combs was inducted to the Women’s Hall of Fame in Okaloosa County on August 22, 2017 based on her contributions to women and citizens. Moreover, Dr. Combs is well known as a principal, Air Force Reservist, community activist, and leader in Okaloosa and surrounding counties. During her principalship at Eglin Elementary, the school was rated A+ for 10 consecutive years. Then in 2008, Dr. Combs was deployed to Iraq as the Equal Opportunity Director for 10,000 Air Force personnel. Her commitment to excellence, integrity and service before self, attributed to the success in resolving discrimination and sexual harassment cases at the lowest levels during her eight-month deployment. This experience was life-changing, and in 2012 Dr. Combs humbled herself to seek help for PTSD. Now retired, Dr. Combs works part-time at Studer Education, and is a proud member of Beulah First Baptist Church Fort Walton Beach. She is also the President of The Pensacola Chapter of the Links Incorporated, and is active with the Progressive Black Women’s Coalition, is a Diamond Life member of Okaloosa County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Life Member of Blacks in Government (BIG), was the 2005 Business Woman of The Year for the United States of America of the American Business Women’s Association, and she teaches African American History for the Center for Lifelong Learning from the book that she and her dad published in 2006. Most noteworthy, Dr. Combs begins and ends her motivational speeches among youth and adults with two of her favorite quotes: “Education is The Passport to The Future, for Tomorrow Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It Today!” Malcom X and “To Whom Much is Given, much will be Required.” Luke 12:48


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