Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

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Seymour Johnson Moves Aircraft In Advance Of Matthew

While the latest storm tracks show Hurricane Matthew sparing North Carolina from a direct hit, impacts from the storm being off our coast could still bring rain and wind gusts to our area. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is repositioning 41 F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing and six KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 916th Air Refueling Wing today to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

The repositioning is a precautionary measure to avoid potential damage to resources as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Airmen will also prepare Dare County Bomb Range and the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area for the anticipated impacts of Matthew.

Several Seymour Johnson personnel are being mobilized to assist with the relocation. “We are always ready to respond to whatever challenges are presented and adapt to any situation,” said Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing Commander. “The quick and professional response by our Airmen to Hurricane Matthew exemplifies our flexibility and preparedness.”

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, are parked on the flightline at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, are parked on the flightline at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)

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