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Chamber Hosts State Of The Military Event

The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a vital part of the Goldsboro and Wayne County community.

That connection was made clear during Wednesday’s State of the Military event at the Goldsboro Event Center.

The event featured updates from Jeremiah Daniels, the Chair of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, Col. Donn Yates, the Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing, and Col. Craig McPike, the Commander of the 916th Air Refueling Wing.

Daniels reminded the base has an economic impact of over $792 million annually.

Daniels says the Friends of Seymour organization has allowed local delegates to promote the needs of Seymour Johnson with the local congressional delegation.

Since assuming command of the 4th Fighter Wing in July, Col. Yates has been focused on three areas—the people, the mission and the community.

As part of that community component, Yates says he’s focused on eliminating airmen DWIs, and no 4th FW airman has been charged with a DWI in five weeks.

Col. McPike says the 916th continues to prepare for the arrival of the new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft, which is expected to arrive in late 2020.

The State of the Military is put together by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

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