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Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge operations manager, 94th Mission Support Group, greeted President Barack Obama upon his landing on Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge operations manager, 94th Mission Support Group, greeted President Barack Obama upon his landing on Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, greet President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. Bryon received a President’s Coin from Obama during the visit. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

White House staff members meet with Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, after greeting the President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

White House staff members meet with Col. Steven R. Clayton, 94th Operations Group commander and Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron, knowledge management specialist, after greeting the President Barack Obama during his visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Feb. 14. The president was en-route to the City of Decatur Recreation Center to discuss proposals outlined in his recent state of the union address. (U.S.Air Force photo/James Branch)

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Senior Airman Tumyra D. Byron

Job Title:
Knowledge Operations Manager
Years of Service: 4
Hometown: Macon, Georgia

How did it feel to receive a coin from the President of the United States? Words can't express the feeling that came over me when I went to shake President Obama's hand and saw his presidential coin resting there. It was a total surprise to receive a coin from the Commander in Chief! I hope no one is thinking of doing a coin check anytime soon.

How did it feel to meet the President Obama? Meeting the President of the United States was the MOST memorable moment of my military career thus far. I was honored, nervous, and excited all at once. It was truly an incredible experience.

What was your initial reaction when you were chosen to greet the President upon his arrival on base? Honestly, I could hardly believe my ears when asked, "Would you like to greet the POTUS when he arrives here at Dobbins?" First, my jaw dropped, then "YES!" left my lips in the blink of an eye.

What does your job on base entail? As a knowledge operations manager for the 94th Mission Support Group, I perform an array of duties such as managing organization
web pages, portals, and records. I also provide administrative support, customer service to our guests, and assist with the coordination of MSG events.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Being surrounded by strong leaders and dynamic thinkers is the best part of my job. Also, there is never a dull moment when working in the same office as Col. Marshall Irvin, the 94th MSG commander.

What's your favorite movie? "The Notebook" is the greatest romantic drama EVER!

What advice would you give someone who is interested in joining the military? Go for it! Becoming a Citizen Airman allows us the opportunity to serve our country, provides great benefits, and offers real world experience in each career field. I've gained so many priceless experiences through joining the Air Force Reserve and would encourage anyone interested to join.

What's has been your favorite TDY or deployment? My second deployment to Southwest Asia has been my absolute favorite TDY. I got an opportunity to experience a different culture, work with the Total Force, and meet some truly amazing people.