DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – More than 30 years ago, a sponsorship through pilot training school motivated a young college graduate to join the Air Force Reserve. Now at the end of his career, Col. Larry E. Tyer Jr., 94th Airlift Wing inspector general, retired after 30 years of service on Oct. 1, 2017. He spent 25 of those years right here at Dobbins.
In 1989, after several years of pilot training, Tyer became a full-time reservist and C-130 pilot with the 700th Airlift Squadron here. He also started a civilian career flying as an airline pilot.
Tyer spent several years as a pilot training instructor at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, before returning to Dobbins as the chief of command and control operations.
During his tenure in the command post, Tyer deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2010 as officer-in-charge of command and control operations. Upon his return, he transitioned into his final role as 94th AW inspector general.
Tyer said he enjoyed the flexibility of his reserve job, but that is not what motivated him to give 30 years of service to the U.S. Air Force.
“Serving in the Air Force is not a job for me; it’s not a paycheck; it is truly about being able to serve,” said Tyer. “Embodying the core value of service before self and having the relationships with people outweighs everything else.”
Tyer expressed how important it was as a young officer in the beginning of his career to figure out the type of Airman he wanted to be.
“Learn how to take away the good from the experiences you have, and leave the bad behind, so you can be the best that you can be,” said Tyer.
Tyer reflected on his most important lesson learned and the theme he wanted to leave behind for his fellow Airmen.
“Stand by the truth no matter what,” said Tyer. “Integrity first, even when no one is watching.”