Military Affairs Committee
Welcome to the home page of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. Our mission is to maintain and improve our community’s relationship with Seymour Johnson Air Force Base through learning about the operational needs of the base, advocating for policy, procedures and infrastructure, fostering an environment which will promote the importance of SJAFB to our nation’s security and endeavoring to ensure the long term viability of SJAFB in the face of reductions mandated within the US Department of Defense.
Our committee is composed of approximately 115 Chamber members. Our members are committed to serving as the primary civilian liaison/counterpart between Seymour Johnson and the local community, the State of NC and the Federal Government
Seymour Johnson’s Vital Role to Our Nation’s Defense
The 4th Fighter Wing has played a key role in every major conflict in the last 60 years, with its aircraft and airmen being involved in all stages of each conflict.
Seymour Johnson is home to 95 F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft, designed for all-weather, long range, high speed missions. It is designed for, and fully capable of, fighting its way into its target, delivering its ordinance with pinpoint accuracy, and returning home safely. Our 95 aircraft represent almost one-half of all of the F-15E Strike Eagle’s in the world. These aircraft are divided into 4 fighter squadrons, 2 operational and 2 training
Every new F-15E pilot and weapons system officer is being trained at one of the 2 training squadrons at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
In addition to the aircraft and its operators, the 4th Fighter Wing is home to over 4,000 airmen dedicated to ensuring the wing is ready to support combat and peacekeeping operations around the world. Their expertise encompasses all disciplines: medical, security forces, explosive ordinance disposal, aircraft maintenance, civil engineering and many others.
The 916th Air Refueling Wing is a “tenant wing” at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, home to 16 KC-135 Stratotankers which supply air to air refueling and cargo and military personnel transportation around the globe.
Economic Impact Statement
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is Wayne County’s largest employer. It employs 5,604 military members (combined active duty and reservists) and 904 civilians, with a combined annual payroll of over $330,000,000 per year. In addition, they fund major local expenditures of approximately $200,000,000 per year and results in job creation of another $61,000,000 per year.
In addition to the economic impact, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base brings to the local community a tremendous number of well-educated, culturally diverse, morally grounded personnel who enrich our community and which enrich our schools, churches, civic organizations and neighborhoods with resources unmatched among communities our size.
Here is an informative video about the 916th Refueling Wing.
Local Businessman Jimmie Edmundson interview with Channel 9 news. A controversial wind farm is raising concerns about imapcts to our local military.
Coastal Wind Projects Come Under Fire – This is a very serious issue in Eastern NC – one that would impact the viability of SJAFB and Wayne County.
Proposed Pantego wind farm would force relocation of flight training to other states.
Letter to Congressman Resolution on Sequestration
Chamber adopts resolution opposing siting of wind energy projects in areas incompatible with SJAFB
Watch this video & find out why a proposed wind turbine project on the NC Coast could adversely impact Wayne County & SJAFB. Also find out how you can voice your opposition to the project.
F-15 upgrades aim to double service life