Reyna Tillery

Reyna Tillery

Class of 2012, Staff Sgt. U.S. Air Force

What was your MOS in the Air Force?
Well since I was in the Air Force it’s not called an MOS, it’s referred to as an AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code). I was a 2S071, which translates into a Material Management Craftsman. I worked logistics; shipping, receiving, inventory, warehouse management for the first five years of service. The last three years I was an instructor at the International Air Forces Academy (IAAFA). I was the Subject Matter Expert for the two Logistics courses that IAAFA offers. I taught both courses of International Logistics and Basic Supply in Spanish to military students that came from Latin America.

Where was your last deployment and most notable experience?
My last deployment was in 2003, I was deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar from December 2002 through July 2003. After that deployment, I was one of a few lucky ones that didn’t have to deploy too often. I’d have to say that my most memorable/notable experience in the military was that of teaching at IAAFA. I got to travel to Honduras, give briefings to all sorts of foreign and domestic dignitaries on the matter of Logistics. I too learned more about the U.S. Government logistical system.

What honors/awards did you receive during your military service?
During my time I received two Achievement medals for the work I had done as both a Material Management Craftsman and as an Instructor.

How has your military experience benefited your experience at A&M-Commerce?
It keeps me on point; it’s important for me not to miss a day of class unless it’s a true emergency. I’m a lot more aware of my surroundings and what’s going on around campus.

Why did you choose to attend A&M-Commerce?
When it comes to academics, I noticed that A&M Commerce was the only school that carried an Spanish B.A. program and that’s what I’m going for.

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What are you studying (major), and what are your career plans? Why do you want to pursue this major/career field?
Currently, my major is Spanish; having taught in Spanish at IAAFA I learned that I like to teach. So I would like to be a teacher at a middle school or high school and teach Spanish.

What do you like best about A&M-Commerce? Your department?
I like that it’s a mix of young and younger (no one is old.) I myself am 31 years old and I really thought that I’d be going to school with all 18-21 year olds, but I see that there are plenty of people in my age range as well. I like that.

What student organizations have impacted your time at A&M-Commerce?
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to join any student organizations. I have my part-time Mary Kay business that I run from my home and on top of that I’m a wife and mom. I have twin 3-year-old boys that keep me busy, but it’s so worth it. They are the reason I came back to school.