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Air Force Reserve Command Airman of Year aims to become officer

Senior Airman Tyler Mohr apparently wasn’t always so gung-ho about reporting early for duty.

He enrolled in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps training at North Dakota State University, but the then-19-year-old said he enjoyed college life a little too much, and “I wasn’t a big fan of waking up at 4 in the morning to do PT.”

Times change.

Mohr, 30, a 445th Airlift Wing command post airman at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and son of a retired Air Force major, was selected as the Air Force Reserve Command's 2013 Outstanding Airman of the Year after a little more than three years in uniform.

“After I graduated, I wanted something more in life,” said Mohr, of Cincinnati and a civilian contract administrator with the Defense Contract Management Agency.

The Air Force Reserve awarded honors to the “best of the best” in the categories of first sergeant, senior noncommissioned officer, noncommissioned officer and airman in an April ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Mohr was chosen for the airman honor among the thousands who serve. The Air Force Reserve has more than 70,000 serving in uniform.

“I haven’t thought of myself as better than anyone else,” he said in an interview in a command post next to the tarmac at Wright-Patterson. “It’s a reflection of all the great people I work with.”

He helps oversee the command post to ensure C-17 Globemaster III flights complete missions without incident.

The senior airman attends weekend drills twice a month, serving in the command post one weekend, and on the alternate weekend preparing young recruits for boot camp and technical school. He volunteers to serve in the base honor guard and travels throughout Ohio and out of state to perform ceremonial duties at funerals.

The enlisted boot camp honor graduate has ambitions to become a commissioned officer, already having earned bachelors degrees at North Dakota State and Park University, and a masters degree from Central Michigan University.

He volunteered to deploy to Romania, his first overseas deployment since he joined in 2011.

Mohr transferred to the 445th Airlift Wing after a stint in the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo, North Dakota, when his former organization lost its flying mission.

Karen S. Miller, a retired 445th Airlift Wing senior master sergeant, nominated Mohr for a unit airman of the quarter honor, the first step to the top award.

“I call him a go-getter,” she said. “He’s involved in doing so many things for the wing, and the Air Force Reserve it just made it easy to nominate him.”

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Meenach, a colleague in the command post, said Mohr’s “just on top of everything.”

“If you need something done, he’ll do it,” Meenach said. “Not all airmen are like that.”

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