Seymour Johnson AFB Participates In Operation Allies Refuge
Statement from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base regarding Operation Allies Refuge:
The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for vulnerable Afghans at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Fort Lee, Virginia.
Approximately 55 total force service members from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will provide support to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to assist in these efforts as part of the task force located there.
U.S. Northern Command is the Department of Defense’s lead combatant command for this mission in the continental United States and is providing oversight in support of the Department of State. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is the lead operational command for this mission. The task force at JBMDL will provide the housing, medical, logistics, and transportation support.
We are proud to join task force JBMDL, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Defense team, in supporting the State Department with this mission.
Seymour Johnson airman charged with nightclub murder
An airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, has been arrested in the shooting death of another man outside a nightclub in Raleigh early Saturday morning.
Raleigh police have charged Senior Airman Marlon Xavier Cruz Gonzalez, 22, with murder.
Gonzalez, an outbound cargo technician with the 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Seymour Johnson, joined the Air Force in September 2015, according to the Air Force Personnel Center.
The shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. Nov. 16 in the parking lot at Mambo 69 Nightclub.
Police received a call at 2:18 a.m. Saturday about gunshots outside the club, near the corner of New Hope Church and Atlantic Avenue, according to The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh. But when they arrived, they couldn’t find anyone who had been hit by gunfire.
Then, shortly after 3 a.m., WakeMed hospital’s main campus off New Bern Avenue notified police a man had arrived with a gunshot wound, the newspaper reported. The man later died.
Police have identified the victim as 21-year-old Jose Almando Blanco Colon.
No information has been released yet on what led to the altercation or whether the two men knew each other prior to the shooting.
The Air Force is working with local police to provide information needed to help with the case, according to WTVD, the ABC television station in Raleigh-Durham.
The newspaper reported that there have been two other fatal shootings at Mambo 69 in recent years, one in June 2014 and another in August 2016.
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Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Staff Sgt. Shawn Rivera from the 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron Rivera has been in the Air Force over four years. His hometown is San Antonio, Texas. Rivera says he wasn’t really feeling college, and his father, who…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Airman 1st Class Bethwel Waitiki from the 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron Waitiki has been in the Air Force just about one year. He was born and raised in Kenya, and Waitiki was most recently a resident of…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Senior Airman Brooke Seelman from the 4th Fighter Wing Seelman has been in the Air Force just over two years. She says she decided to join to help her experience life outside of her hometown in New…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Airman 1st Class Anthony McCall from the 4th Fighter Wing McCall has been in the Air Force just about two years. He comes to Goldsboro from Jacksonville, Florida, and says he joined to have experiences outside of…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Airman 1st Class Christopher Lucy from the 4th Security Forces Squadron Lucy has been in the Air Force about 2 ½ years. His hometown is Birmingham, Alabama. Lucy says his duties with the 4th Security Forces Squadron…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Airman First Class Shartavia Oaks from the 4th Security Forces Squadron Oaks has been in the Air Force just about two years. She comes to Goldsboro from Sumpter, SC, and says she decided she needed a better…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Senior Airman Carsen Murray from the 4th Security Forces Squadron Murray has been in the Air Force four years. She comes to Goldsboro from Chesapeake, VA. Murray says she was ready to start her Air Force career…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Senior Airman Nick Pagidas Jr.from the 4th Security Forces Squadron Pagidas has been in the Air Force about three years. He comes to Goldsboro from New York City, and he says joining was an easy decision. Pagidas…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Investigator Keyshawn Evans with the 4th Security Forces Squadron Evans been in Air Force for just about five years. His hometown is Henderson, NC. Evans compares his job to being a detective in a police department. Evans…… read more »
Every week, Saluting Seymour and SoundScope highlight an airman serving at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Staff Sgt. Clinton Reid from the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Reid has been in the Air Force over seven years. He comes to Goldsboro from Greensboro, NC, and he says he joined to better himself and for…… read more »
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Chinooks Take Flight from SJAFB
Among an airfield full of fighter jets and refuelers, two U.S. Army CH-47F Chinooks arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, on June 18, 2021. Chinooks are multipurpose helicopters capable of supporting almost any mission from transportation to combat support.
The Chinooks returned from downrange after three years in service. The blades and rotors, among other components, were removed downrange and stored inside the helicopters during transport on a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy.
“We’re building back up the Chinooks because they were torn down to fit inside the C-5s to come back over here from Afghanistan,” said U.S Army Pfc. Kylie Cargill, 122 Bravo Company, Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Chinook Maintainer. "We’re just getting it ready to fly again.”
Utilizing cargo aircraft such as C-5s and C-17s allows for expedient transportation of shorter-range aircraft.
“It’s pretty common to move them around on a C-5. We can’t keep a chinook in the air for as long of a time so the C-5s transport it. It’s less flight hours for the Chinook and less maintenance,” said Cargill. “It’s less stops and it saves a lot of time so we can get them from point A to B and get them right into combat or, in a case like this, get them home.”
Chinooks are used for a variety of missions including medical evacuation, search and rescue, parachute drops, disaster relief, aircraft recovery and more.
“These things are incredible in the air,” said U.S Army Spc. Nino Rodriguez, 122 Bravo Company, Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Chinook Maintainer. “It’s a workhorse of the Army. We can lift other Chinooks, put 32-plus people on there, you can throw guns on the side of it, you can shoot down incoming missiles. It’s really like a Swiss Army knife of aircraft.”
These helicopters marked the first of many of Fort Bragg’s helicopters to come through Seymour Johnson.
“We should have some [UH-60] Blackhawks and [AH-64] Apaches coming in, along with more Chinooks,” Said Rodriguez. “Those aircraft will come in and their respective [Military Occupational Specialties] will come in and start building them up and flying them back to Fort Bragg.”
The joint effort between the Army and Air Force demonstrates their capabilities and a unified military force.
“Being in the 82nd Airborne, we’re supposed to be able to deploy very quickly so having the Air Force there to help us just helps get the aircraft over as quickly as possible,” said Rodriguez. “We can’t fly across the ocean, we can’t fly halfway across the world but the Air Force can.”
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Seymour Johnson AFB pledges to fix dismal housing after photos surface
Leaders at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina on Wednesday pledged to go “room by room” and inspect its lodging facilities after a social media post exposed filthy conditions at several rooms at the base’s temporary living facilities.
A member of the Facebook group “The Wives of Seymour Johnson AFB” on Tuesday posted photos of the crumbling and unclean room her family had been assigned. Screenshots of the post were shared Wednesday on the unofficial Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco.
“WHY is this acceptable?” the post read. “WHY are military families ... forced to be ok with being put up in this ‘hotel’ and given no other options?”
Shortly after amn/nco/snco shared the post, Seymour Johnson’s Facebook page shared a message from Col. Brian Montgomery, vice commander of the 4th Fighter Wing, that said the photos showed “less than acceptable conditions” in several rooms of the Southern Pines Inn lodging facility on base, and promised to fix them.
“We, like [I] am sure all of you, were disappointed,” Montgomery wrote. “The 4th Fighter Wing’s mission is rooted in taking care of airmen and their families. In this case, we have let you down. The rooms we saw did not meet the standards that we demand of our lodging staff and ourselves as leaders on this installation and for that, we are sorry.”
In the original post, the author — whose name was redacted from the screenshots — said that her family demanded to switch rooms the first night they were at the temporary living facility because the room was so bad. She said her 10-month-old daughter’s knees, shins and feet turned black after she crawled on the carpet for 10 minutes, and asked “Is this carpet EVER cleaned?”
The author also said a chair in the room had “questionable stains and a layer of grease” on the arm rests.
She noted that many other families who live there also have small children, and that couches and carpet in these rooms should be periodically cleaned.
“I can’t stop my baby from crawling on the floor for 4 days straight,” she said.
Montgomery said base leadership has ordered a “100% facility inspection” by the base’s force support, civic engineers and wing leadership. Inspectors will go room-to-room to document any problems and make sure they are fixed quickly. He promised that the base would “work around the clock and transparently” to restore the faith of airmen and their families.
“Nothing like this should ever happen to any of our airmen and their families moving to or from Team Seymour,” Montgomery said.
In a statement emailed to Air Force Times, Montgomery said base leaders are working on solutions for the Southern Pines Inn problems, which could include improving processes or reviewing the training of housing professionals.
The Southern Pines Inn has 161 rooms for airmen and families to stay in when arriving to or leaving Seymour Johnson. The lodging facility is usually about 80 percent full, including both short- and long-term residents.
“We care about each person’s transition through our lodging facilities and will do everything we can to address each concern presented to us, regardless of rank or position,” Montgomery said. “In the meantime, we are having an extensive dialogue with those staying at the Inn on how to address any concerns they may have and ensure they are resolved expeditiously.”
The military has repeatedly come under criticism in recent years for substandard or shoddy housing for troops and their families on bases. In February, after months of mounting criticism of filthy or hazardous conditions in privatized base housing, top Air Force officials ordered all base commanders to quickly review all family housing units. And the Air Force said it was considering a “bill of rights” for residents, that could allow families to withhold rent or break leases if their housing is unsafe.
And in 2016, lawmakers expressed outrage over reports of black mold, collapsing roofs, and other unsafe and unacceptable living conditions for troops at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
About Stephen Losey
Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover Air Force operations against the Islamic State.
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