Seymour Johnson AFB | Base Overview & Info (2024)

Mission

The 4th Fighter Wing is the host unit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and accomplishes its training and operational missions with F-15E Strike Eagles. Two of the wing’s four fighter squadrons are operational units, capable of deploying worldwide on short notice and immediately generating combat power. The other two squadrons are responsible for training all F-15E aircrews for the Air Force. The 916th Air Refueling Wing, a tenant unit at Seymour, is an Air Force Reserve Command Wing under the Air Mobility Command. It is assigned 10 KC-46 Pegasus.

History

One of the Air Force’s most distinguished fighter wings, the 4th Fighter Wing, was born in the hearts of the Royal Air Force Eagle Squadrons volunteers who fought for England against the Nazis even before the United States entered World War II. In September 1942, the Eagle Squadrons became the 4th Fighter Group, which destroyed 1,016 German planes, more than any group in history.In the Korean War, the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing destroyed more enemy MiG aircraft than the entire rest of the U.S. Air Force combined.Since that time, through the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and our wars of today, the 4th Fighter Wing has been the tip of the spear aimed at America’s enemies.On June 2, 2011, the 4th Fighter Wing was awarded the first ever James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award for outstanding heritage by the Air Force Historical Foundation.

Seymour Johnson Field, named after Goldsboro native and naval aviator hero Lt. Seymour Johnson, was activated in June 1942 and wasdeactivated in May 1946. Community leaders,led by Goldsboro mayor Scott B. Berkeley, Sr., were successful in their campaign to reactivate the base in 1956. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base became active as a tactical air command base and has been an active air combat command base since the Air Force's reorganization in June 1992. The 4th Fighter Wing was redesignated 4th Tactical Fighter Wing in July 1958, 4th Wing in April 1991 and back to 4th Fighter Wing in December 1995.

For additional history, visit the Seymour Johnson AFB homepage.

Population

  • 4,330 active duty
  • 6,000 family members
  • 1,000 civilians
  • 882 reservists

Goldsboro: 33,001

Towns close to Seymour Johnson AFB

Raleigh: 1,629,000

Greenville: 90,901

Wilson: 47,670

Currently, there are more than 530 active-duty officers and more than 3,800 enlisted service members and their families stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The base also employs more than 1,000 civilian employees plus numerous contractors. The city of Goldsboro has a population of more than 33,001 while the county has a population of more than 118,126 and continues to grow every day.

Location

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located in the southeast section of Goldsboro, N.C. in the middle of Wayne County. The base occupies 3,300 acres. Goldsboro is a medium-sized town with a moderate cost of living. It is surrounded mainly by smaller farming communities producing cotton, tobacco, wheat, corn, chickens and pigs. The livestock raised in this part of the state could be one of the reasons Goldsboro, and the entire state, is known for its world-famous North Carolina BBQ. The local community is a huge supporter of military service members and their families.

All numbers listed are in the 919 area code, except as indicated. Phone numbers are as follows: DSN 919-722-XXXX and operator assistance DSN 919-722-1110.

Directions

For those arriving by air, the nearest airport, Kinston Jetport, is located in Kinston, N.C. 28 miles east of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located about 70 miles west of the base. Commercial transportation from both terminals is available and costs approximately $120.00 for a taxi or limousine service.

United Service Organizations Facilities at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport also has a USO facility for armed forces personnel and their families. Located at the northern end of Terminal 2, the USO provides a safe, inviting atmosphere where one can enjoy a free snack, relax while watching TV, surf the internet or just pass the time playing cards while waiting for ground transportation to Seymour Johnson AFB. Starlight Limousines, Inc.’s service provides transportation from the airport to Seymour Johnson AFB. They can be reached at 252-566-3100.Because of the high cost of ground transportation, it is highly recommended that you coordinate with your sponsor and arrange for them to meet you at the airport and transport you to the base.

For GPS directions use Seymour Johnson AFB Visitors Center & Main Gate - 1050 Wright Brothers Ave. This gate is open 24 hrs.

Driving from Raleigh-Durham Airport

If you are driving from the Raleigh-Durham airport, take Interstate 40 East for approximately 10 miles. Stay in the left lane and exit onto Interstate 440 East to Goldsboro. Then exit onto Highway 70 East to Goldsboro. Once in Goldsboro, take the exit to Seymour Johnson AFB (still on Highway 70 East), then exit at the Seymour Johnson/Snow Hill off ramp. This will take you onto Berkeley Boulevard and lead you directly to the main gate of the base where the Welcome Center will be on the right.

Driving from Kinston Jetport

If you are driving from the Kinston Jetport, exit on to Highway 70 West to the Goldsboro exit. This will take you onto Berkeley Boulevard. This will take you onto Berkeley Boulevard and lead you directly to the main gate of the base where the Welcome Center will be on the right.

Bus Service

Trailways and Greyhound bus lines also offer service to Goldsboro. If you have not notified your sponsor to meet you or cannot reach him or her, the following taxicabs can transport you to the base, but the cost is expensive:

  • Carpool Express: 919-396-1333
  • BarNew Airport, Limo & Luxury Transportation: 919-917-9713
  • Greyhound Bus Line: 800-231-2222

Note: It is recommended that you download driving directions via the internet prior to arrival. This will lessen the chances of getting lost. Travel time from the airport to Seymour Johnson AFB is an hour and a half by car.

Contact Information

Call 919-722-1110 or DSN 919-722-1110.

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