First Lady meets with 171st Airmen
By Tech. Sgt. Todd McFeeley, 171st Public Affairs
/ Published April 19, 2012
Coraopolis, PA -- First Lady Michelle Obama visited Pittsburgh Tuesday, April 17. She was greeted by unit members from the 171st ARW and the 911th AW upon her arrival at the 911th.
On the runway, Obama was greeted by Senior Airman Domenic Mash, 911th Security Forces, Katlyn Mash, his wife, and their infant daughter, Savannah. Mash received the Air Force Achievement Medal in 2011 upon returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The First Lady then shook hands and talked with about 25 service members and some of their family members.
"The first thing I noticed from the First Lady was how fun-loving she was; she jumped off the last step of the stairs. She took her time and spoke to each of us. Her 'mom' emotions shown through when she hugged Maggie Tyler's daughter. She touched and hugged and made you immediately feel comfortable with her. I am grateful that I had this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Michelle Obama," said Tech. Sgt. Missie Dubiel, 171st Force Support Squadron.
"I said how much it was an honor and pleasure meeting her and I thanked her for the opportunity for her having us there. I was actually kind of at a loss for words. She was however very kind and I thought her comments were sincere and heartfelt in regards to the possibility of the 911th ARW closing," said Tech. Sgt. Dylan Lehmeier, 171st Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Obama was in town to attend two fundraisers.