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Seymour Johnson Air Force Base--January 28, 2016

Seymour Johnson AFB staff welcomed our group of thirty-one to tour one of the smaller, but one of the most intense, Air Force bases. Seymour Johnson, in Goldsboro NC, is the training base for the F-15E, the premier fighter-bomber in the country. The cold, blustery day was warmed by the reception we received from base personnel.

We first received an informative overview of the history of the Fourth Fighter Wing and their equipment. (Notably, they were the first ("Fourth is first") to fly the P-51 Mustang.) We then proceeded to a tour of a KC-135, which is similar to a Boeing 707, but equipped as an in-air refueling tanker. Following lunch at the base dining hall, we were treated to an up-close examination of an F-15E fighter, led by a group of crew chiefs and other maintenance staff.

Seymour Johnson is only a little over an hour away, but their fighters and tankers provide coverage for the entire eastern part of the country and beyond. Our group was inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our hosts. Even the cold couldn't diminish their spirit.

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