Staff Sgt. Moses Tum highlighted in the DoD National African American History Month Profiles


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Staff Sgt. Moses Tum, Jan. 12, 2017.

Kansas Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Moses K. Tum is a finance management technician for the Comptroller Flight, 184th Intelligence Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Tum provides customer service for military and civilian personnel.

He also interprets and supplements financial directives, prepares, verifies, computes, processes, and audits pay transactions for military and civilian personnel. Additionally, he processes, verifies, and audits travel claims, estimates travel costs, determines fund availability, and performs followup on outstanding orders for travelers.

Tum was born in Kenya into a farming family. As a young child, he dreamed of studying in America. During his freshman year at Jomo Kenyatta University he trained himself as a runner in an effort to earn an athletic scholarship at an American university. Tum immigrated to the United States in 2002 to attend college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, running as a middle-distance specialist, despite having no prior competitive athletic experience. His senior year, he won the 1,500-meter race at the outdoor NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championship. In 2005 Tum graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. As a student-athlete he had trained with both U.S. Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC cadets, and feeling a desire to give back to his adopted country, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2008.

Upon graduation from technical school, Tum was stationed at the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell. While stationed at there, he set multiple wing-level run-time records while completing his annual fitness assessment. Tum was selected to represent the United States in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire games in Bulgaria in 2010 and in England in 2011. Following his assignment at McConnell, Tum completed assignments in South Korea and Alaska.

In 2016, Tum left active duty to pursue his dream of working in the medical profession. He is enrolled as a full-time student in the School of Nursing at Wichita State University, Kansas. With a desire of continuing his service to his country, he enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard as a drill-status guardsman. Following graduation his goal is to work as an intensive care unit nurse and to continue his Air National Guard service as a member of the nurse corps. Tum and his wife, Bridget, have two children: Jeffrey and Rose.