West Tennessee man helps make travel easier for the President

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DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - A West Tennessee man has traveled a long way since his early days at Dyersburg State Community College.  In fact, he now travels for the President of the United States.

As you can imagine, when the President of the United States takes a trip, it takes a village to make sure every movement is seamless.

"I coordinate everything from the staff side of it with Secret Service, the White House Military office, Marine One office and Air Force One," said Presidential advance team member Tim Sneed.

For the Lake County native, working as an advance team member for President Barack Obama is a dream come true.

"It's a pretty awesome task for a country boy from Northwest Tennessee," Sneed said.

Sneed's primary responsibility is to staff and execute the presidential motorcade.  Since January, Sneed has already logged five trips with President Obama.  From the President's first foreign trip to Prague and the Czech Republic, to a military hospital in Landstuhl, and Germany to Kosovo, Sneed has to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

"You get a phone call from the White House - and a 202 number comes up and you know it's the White House - you get excited," he said.

Sneed says the key to being an advance team member is flexibility.  He recalled one overseas trip with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"We wanted her to go to this event early, but because of a security briefing, she couldn't go," he said. "We literally, at the last second, they said they were going together."

And as President Obama continues his round-the-world mission, Sneed hopes to be right there with him all along the way, no matter what country is next.

"When I got to Kosovo, I had to go look it up on a map," he said. "It's kind of sad, because it had changed from the Czech Republic."

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