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Airman Bryan Roy, 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, and U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Morris, Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 bulk fuel specialist, prepare to attach a fuel line to an F-15E Strike Eagle for refueling, June 22, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The Marines received hands-on training with R-11 aircraft refueling vehicles before deploying to Morón Air Base, Spain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton) Airmen, Marines work together at SJAFB
In November 2016, Airmen from the 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron trained Marines on the R-11 aircraft refueling vehicle in four days. In June 2017 they met again, but this time, they had to complete the training in two.
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Default Air Force Logo William R. Dunn – The First American Ace of World War II
Editor's Note: This article is part of a series celebrating the 4th Fighter Wing's 75th Anniversary and the great heroes associated with the unit. The 4th Fighter Wing traces its origin to the American volunteers who flew in the Royal Air Force Eagle Squadrons prior to American entry in World War II. In September 1942 the men of the RAF Eagle Squadrons became the American 4th Fighter Group. We begin our series of articles celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing with the exploits of one of our heroes of the Eagle Squadrons. Many individuals who dreamed of becoming fighter pilots had to overcome great odds in order to do so. William “Poppy” Dunn, the first American ace of WWII, had to overcome more obstacles than almost anyone in order to achieve his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. Bill Dunn was born Nov. 16, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After receiving an airplane ride at 12 years of age, Bill Dunn knew he wanted to be a pilot. By 15, he had over 100 hours of flying time.
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Default Air Force Logo 4 FW's greatest heroes: McKennon, Green – The rescue
The history of the 4th Fighter Wing includes many stories of great wingmen, including the incomparable team of Don Gentile and John Godfrey in World War II. By adjusting their tactics and working closely together in the air combat duels over Europe, they became two of the highest scoring American aces of the Second World War. But an event occurred in March 1945 in which a wingman risked court-martial, imprisonment and even death to rescue the pilot he was assigned to cover. Remarkably, that wingman had almost been thrown out of the 4th Fighter Group multiple times by the very same pilot he would ultimately save. Pierce McKennon displayed considerable musical talent as a young man. His mother wanted him to be a classical concert pianist. He actually received a music scholarship to the University of Arkansas. But despite his ability to play the piano, McKennon wanted to be a fighter pilot.
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(Courtesy Graphic) 2017 marks milestones for AF, 4 FW, 911 ARS
This year marks a significant milestone for the U.S. Air Force. The youngest branch of the armed forces will turn 70, Sept. 18. The Air Force became an independent and separate service from the Army when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. The act also created the National Security Council, reformed the country’s intelligence agencies and modernized foreign policy following World War II. The Air Force isn’t the only organization celebrating achievements in 2017 though. Right here at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, the 911th Air Refueling Squadron celebrated their 100th birthday and the 4th Fighter Wing will celebrate their 75th birthday this fall.
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Col. Joseph P. Slavick, 4th Mission Support Group commander, presents Stewart G. Cox, 4th Mission Support Group civilian deputy commander, with a Certificate of Service, June 22, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Cox retired after 40 years of service to the Air Force both on active duty and a civilian employee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton) SJAFB bids goodbye to Mr. Cox’s 40 years of service
Stewart G. Cox, 4th Mission Support Group civilian deputy commander, retired during a ceremony, June 22, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Cox joined the Air Force to follow in the footsteps of his family members and serve the country.
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Jesse Haggerty, U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, watches as a 916th Air Refueling Wing boom operator prepares to refuel an aircraft during Exercise Razor Talon, June 8, 2017, in the skies above Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Ten cadets from the Academy experienced the different career fields in the Air Force such as security forces, maintenance, operations and force support, during Operation Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera) USAFA cadets visit Seymour Johnson experiencing the F-15E Strike Eagle
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, hosted 10 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participating in Operation Air Force, June 6-21, 2017. They shadowed Airmen in different career fields, including security forces, maintenance, operations and force support.
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A group of survival, evasion, resistance and escape augmentees from the 4th Fighter Wing attend a North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team briefing led by Alex Auten, NC Emergency Management multi-hazard field planner, before observing a training exercise, July 20, 2017, at the NC State Highway Patrol Precision Driver's Training Facility, Raleigh, North Carolina. In order to become a SERE augmentee, the Airmen need to pass the SERE physical ability and stamina test, a water survival training course as well as a combat survival training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton) SJAFB Airmen become SERE Augmentees
In today’s Air Force, Airmen are assigned to a primary duty and unless they retrain or take on additional duties, the Airmen don’t experience much outside of their realm.
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Andrew Colville, 4th Force Support Squadron casualty assistance representative, briefs Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors during a crisis training course, June 15, 2017, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Key Spouses attend training classes throughout the year to stay up to date with current procedures and the most recent information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton) Key Spouses attend casualty training course
Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors attended a casualty training course, June 15, 2017, at the Airman & Family Readiness Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Both Key Spouses and Key Spouse Mentors attend trainings throughout the year to stay up to date with current procedure and to receive information about recent changes.
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A child reads a book, June 13, 2017, at the base library at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The Department of Defense Summer Reading Program kicks off June 21, 2017 and runs until Aug. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton) SJAFB keeps everyone reading through DOD Summer reading program
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is participating in the Department of Defense free Summer Reading Program to help counteract the effects of summer slip. The summer reading program kicks off June 21, 2017 and runs until Aug. 2, 2017.
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Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, performs routine checks before taxiing for takeoff during Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Every month, Seymour Johnson Airmen take part in the exercise to prepare them for what may happen in deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez) Razor Talon: Behind the scenes
The F-15E Strike Eagle squadrons assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing generate more than 14,000 sorties every year. With that many jets flying every day, many people may wonder how Team Seymour provides such a unique capability as often as it does.
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