Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located approximately 57 miles from Raleigh in Eastern North Carolina's Wayne County.
The closest major airport to Seymour Johnson is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport located approximately 70 miles northwest of the installation. Upon arrival at the RDU passenger terminal, arrangements should have been made to be meet a unit sponsor. (NOTE: In the unlikely situation that no one meets you upon arrival, call the Seymour Johnson AFB Command Post at 919-722-0004 (keep this commercial number handy for your entire tour) or DSN 722-0004 and ask to be connected to your unit's first sergeant. Your sponsor will take you and your family to Lodging or an off-base hotel, depending on your reservations, and lay out the schedule for the next two weeks for you. Commercial transportation from the airport is also available.
If arriving by ground transportation, please ensure that each family member has appropriate identification. Seymour Johnson has a 100% identification card check policy. Those in need of a visitors pass will need to stop by the Seymour Johnson Visitor's Center located at the main gate on Berkeley Ave. In order to receive a visitor's pass, each individual must have a sponsor and picture identification (driver's license, state identification card). For more information contact the visitor's center at 919-722-1343. Base maps will also be available upon request.
Getting Settled -
Lodging Quarters, at Seymour Johnson's Southern Pines Inn, are available by reservation to personnel traveling on official orders. Reservations should be made in advance and are on a first-come, first serve basis. Reservations can be made by mail, phone, fax, email or through your sponsor. You can also visithttp://af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Seymour-Johnson-AFB to make reservations and check availability online. Orders are not required to make reservations.
Lodging is also available for families arriving at Seymour Johnson. Additionally, 69 units of temporary lodging facility quarters have kitchen and other conveniences. For more information on Temporary Lodging contact the Southern Pines Inn at 919-722-0385 or visit their webpage at http://www.sjfss.com/lodging/lodging.html
Getting Started -
Airmen PCSing to Seymour Johnson AFB are required to visit their unit orderly room within one duty-day of their arrival on the installation. Each military member is also required to attend the Seymour Johnson In-processing and Financial Briefing, which is offered at 1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, before departing on official house hunting leave. While there, Airmen new to the Air Force will be scheduled for the Seymour Johnson First Term Airman's Course. All Airmen will also be scheduled for the Jump Start briefing and Newcomers orientation. Depending on the unit, members may also have additional requirements.
Get a "Jump Start":
Seymour Johnson offers Jump Start, a mandatory course to medically in-process Airmen and their families and helps answer any region specific healthcare questions they may have. Military members are required to be in uniform for this briefing. The course is offered every Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Base Education Center. Airmen and their families will also be given a brief tour of the clinic following their briefing. Those on house hunting are still required to attend their scheduled brief.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center's Newcomers Orientation is a mandatory briefing for Airmen who have recently arrived to Seymour Johnson AFB. This briefing is your orientation to the 4th Fighter Wing and the local area. During the briefing attendees will hear from the 4th FW commander and command chief as well as several other helping agencies from the installation. Representatives from Goldsboro will also be in attendance to provide insight on the local area.
Ensuring a Successful Transition -
The most important thing you can do to prepare for your PCS is to keep a positive attitude. After reading the list above, it's probably apparent that PCSing to Seymour Johnson AFB can be an arduous task in comparison to many other bases, but it is not that difficult to do with preparation and a good attitude. You have lots of people and resources here that will help you during your PCS, but only you can ensure a successful, smooth move. Get smart on the requirements, handle the big things early (pet travel, accommodations, etc. ...), and start communicating with your sponsor, early and often. Your sponsor may not be able to personally walk you through every step of this process, but they should be routinely helping you the first two weeks until you get your AFI license, have access to a vehicle, and start house-hunting on your own. The amount of time they devote to sponsor duties will depend on how much help you feel you need, and their work duties, so make sure your sponsor (and your supervisor) know what you need. If they don't know about it, they won't be able to help you.
We look forward to your arrival and welcome to Team Seymour.