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414th Fighter Group out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Reservists from the 414th Fighter Group out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., play opposing forces April 21, 2012, during an operational readiness exercise at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. The 414th FG led a total force integration team to support the exercise. Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Wendy Lopedote.

Do you have orders to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base? The first thing to know is this airbase is home to the 4th Fighter Wing. The 4th Fighter Wing is responsible for training and operational missions utilizing F-15E Strike Eagles. Speaking of AF tech, there might be a new 5th generation fighter jet coming. Of course, at Seymour Johnson AFB, housing is plentiful. You’ll quickly find out there’s plenty to do since large cities are within driving distance. Additionally, the installation stretches across nearly 3,300 acres, so it’s pretty large. Two of the 4th Fighter Wing’s squadrons are operational units. That means they deploy on short notice all around the world. The other two squadrons are responsible for training all F-15E aircrews for the entire Air Force. No pressure! 

The 4th Fighter Wing got its start in the British Royal Air Force. Squad volunteers fought for England against the Nazis before the US entered WWII. The installation is named for Seymour Johnson, a Goldsboro native and naval aviator. Today, it’s home to almost 5,000 Airmen, nearly 12,000 family members, and plenty of civilians. So if you’re looking for the Seymour Johnson AFB address or have questions about lodging, this base guide will help cover it all. 

Airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Airmen assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing process through a pre-deployment function line before temporarily deploying to Nellis, Air Force Base, Nevada, in support of Exercise Red Flag 22-3 at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, July 7, 2022. This exercise provides a controlled space for aircrew and essential support agencies to hone their skills and prepare for possible real-world air-to-air combat situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Lynn)

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Location

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. As well as being just about 60 miles from the Raleigh-Durham are, it’s also about 88 miles from Wilmington, the largest city on the North Carolina coast.

Driving Directions 

Heading in from the north? Take I-95 S to US-117 S

Driving from the south? Take US-701 N to NC-403 N to US-117 N

Making the trek from the east? Take I-40 E to US-70 E

Coming from the coast? Take US-70 W


Flying to the closest airports: Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Kinston Regional Jetport

Kinston Regional Jetport (25.6 miles): Kinston is a public airport that appears to accept only flights chartered through Fly Exclusive currently.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (77.8 miles): This is the closest international airport and is served by all major airlines.

Driving: Driving to Seymour Johnson would allow you to have a vehicle for day trips. If you’re coming from far away, prepare for a long drive!

A military working dog at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Donni, 4th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, rests after completing obedience training at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 6, 2022. MWDs are required to complete obedience, obstacle course, scout, building search and a session of gunfire training to receive a patrol certification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sabrina Fuller)

Contacts at Seymour Johnson AFB

Airman and Family Readiness Center: (919) 722-1123

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment: (919) 722-1883

Base Operator: (919) 722-1110

Chaplain: (919) 722-0315

Command Post: (919) 722-0004

EFMP – Family Support: (919) 722-1123

Equal Opportunity Office: (919) 722-1180

4th Medical Group Dental Appointment Line: (919) 722-1933

4th Medical Group Medical Appointment Line: (919) 722-1802

Health Promotion: (919) 722-0407

Housing Office: (919) 722-0362

ID/CAC Card Processing: (919) 722-8702

Information and Referral Services: (919) 722-1123

Legal Assistance: (919) 722-5322

Medical Appointment Line: (919) 722-1802

Mental Health Clinic: (919) 722-1883

Military Family Life Counselors: (919) 886-3346

Military Personnel Element (Customer Service): (919) 722-8702

School Liaison Officer: (919) 722-5810

Security Forces: (919) 722-1212

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office: (919) 920-7272

Temporary Lodging Information: (919) 722-0385

Traffic Management Office: (919) 722-5458

24-hour Nursing Line: (800) 874-2273 option 1

Watkins-DAS Learning Center: (919) 722-5810

Welcome Center: (919) 722-1343

Mission & Units 

The 4th Fighter Wing is the host unit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It accomplishes its training and operational missions with F-15E Strike Eagles. Similarly, two of the wing’s four fighter squadrons are operational units, capable of deploying worldwide on short notice and immediately generating combat power. Moreover, the other two squadrons are responsible for training all F-15E aircrews for the Air Force. The 916th Air Refueling Wing, is an Air Force Reserve Command Wing under the Air Mobility Command. It is assigned 10 KC-135R Stratotankers.

Commanders at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Col. Tammy McElhaney, left, 4th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Hans Winkler, incoming 4th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, as he assumes command of the 4th CES during a change of command ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 22, 2022. Prior to assuming command of the 4th CES, Winkler was the commander of the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Royal Air Force Air Station in Alconbury, United Kingdom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)


As you might expect, there are multiple units at Seymour Johnson. These include the 4th Fighter Wing, the 4th Operations Group, the 4th Mission Support Group, the 4th Medical Group, the 4th Maintenance Group, and the 916th Air Refueling Wing.

The 4th Mission Support Group provides all communications, base security and law enforcement for the installation. Likewise, it’s responsible for fire protection, logistics, contracting, personnel, and morale programs. The 4th MSG deploys, organizes, trains, and equips forces. It is capable of deploying worldwide to build, secure, and operate bases supporting combat forces. The group maintains six combat-ready squadrons. Speaking of training, have you heard the news about the latest F-15Es? They’re carrying up to 15 JDAMS!

The 4th Maintenance Group is responsible for all on/off-equipment maintenance support for the largest F-15E fighter wing in the Air Force. Correspondingly, that means it maintains, mobilizes, deploys, and sustains 94 F-15E aircraft for worldwide operations and F-15E aircrew training. Additionally, it generates 15,000 sorties and 24,000 hours annually.

The 916th Air Refeuling Wing includes three groups, one aero-medicine squadron, and the wing staff. The 916th Operations Group is responsible for flying the aircraft and delivering fuel, whenever and wherever needed.

Seymour Johnson AFB History

Seymour Johnson AFB has been around for a long time. It was established five months after the United States entered World War II. Next, in September 1943, Seymour Johnson received another mission. Not only did techs need to get trained, but the WD wanted the base to provide basic military training for cadets. Moreover, that meant there were tons of new service members coming into the area, all eager to learn how to become technical officers in the Army Air Corps. In light of WWII ending, Seymour Johnson was inactivated in May 1946.

In late 1952, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arrived and demolished old buildings. Goldsboro mayor Scott B. Berkeley Sr. got together with local community leaders and began a campaign to have the installation reopened. It took a while, but who says anything in the DoD moves fast? Finally, in 1956, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was reactivated as a Tactical Air Command base.

Then, during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the 482nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, stationed at Seymour Johnson, was one of the first units deployed to quarantine Cuba and prevent the delivery of Soviet nuclear warheads.

The F-15 arrived at Seymour Johnson in 1988 and the F-4 retired in 1991. During Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and later Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the F-15 Strike Eagle from Seymour Johnson provided outstanding service, mainly in night missions. In 2010 another Air Force Reserve unit, the 414th Fighter Group, arrived at Seymour Johnson to help train aircrews and maintain the F-15 aircraft. Today, Seymour Johnson continues to train and fly the F-15E and remains a premier air defense base for the United States.

Airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Airmen assigned to the 335th Fighter Generation Squadron participate in a quarterly load crew competition at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, July 15, 2022. The 335th FGS was one of multiple units to compete in the competition. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman David Lynn)

Things to Do Around Seymour Johnson AFB


Best Western Plus Goldsboro (7.8 miles)

Home2Suites by Hilton Goldsboro (7.8 miles)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Goldsboro (7.4 miles)


The Laughing Owl Restaurant (9.9 miles): Asian-American Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Los Fogones Restaurant (7.1 miles): Peruvian Fusion

Logan’s Roadhouse (7.6 miles): Steak house


Cliffs of the Neuse State Park (8.9 miles): Make sure you enjoy this beautiful state park. You can even take kayaking classes if you’ve never done it before!

Mt. Olive Pickle Company (13.7 miles): Visit the nearby pickle factory, watch how the pickles are made, and take home as many pickles as you can fit in your car!

Wayne County Museum (10 miles): Museum exhibits include the History of Wayne County’s Rails and Trains, Wayne County History, and both a medical and military gallery. Make sure to check their website for upcoming events in the community!

Fireworks at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
A display of fireworks go off in the sky during a 4th of July celebration at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, June 30, 2022. The 4th Force Support Squadron hosted the annual 4th of July celebration; providing live music, carnival rides and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Housing

There are several housing options available for service members stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB. These include living on the installation, using privatized housing, or renting on the local economy.

Contact the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders. This will give you info about current wait times and what might  be available for you when you PCS. When you in-process, you’ll need to visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance on obtaining housing. 

Unaccompanied housing is offered for Airmen ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, and bed linens. Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above can live in the local community.

Privatized Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Housing is managed by Corvias. It offers 686 brick and vinyl siding duplex and single family homes inside a gated community. 

Family member program at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Members of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Exceptional Family Member Program, interact with a box turtle during an EFMP aquarium excursion event at the Youth Center on Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, July 15, 2022. The EFMP is available to help build a community of support by connecting families to military and community to resources as well as assistance services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Schools near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base 

Unfortunately, there are no schools located on the installation. However, there are plenty of other schools nearby that will be well-suited for your mil-kid. Don’t forget to coordinate with the School Liaison Officer to understand school credit transfers. 

The Wayne County Public School system includes 14 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 6 high schools. 

Visit the Wayne County Public Schools webpage for information relating to registration, school activities, and more. Because of the large military presence in the area, the school district does provide a military counselor to help assist with questions. Call (919) 738-0070 for more information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there nukes at Seymour Johnson AFB?

Seymour Johnson is not a nuclear facility, so there are no nuclear weapons on base. In the first place ,if you have heard that there are, you might be thinking of an event that occurred on January 24, 1961. That’s when a B-52G Stratofortress bomber suffered structural failure mid-air and crashed. Then, the aircraft touched down just 12 miles north of Seymour Johnson AFB near Faro, N.C. During descent, two nuclear weapons separated from the aircraft. The Air Force ultimately purchased a radius of land surrounding the weapon which requires permission for anyone that would like to dig in the area. To this date, there is no detectable radiation or hazard in or around the area.

Does Seymour Johnson AFB have a museum?

While Seymour Johnson does not have a museum, the Wayne County Museum is nearby (10 miles away!) and has a military gallery.

Can I buy Navy uniforms at Seymour Johnson AFB?

Similar to what you’ll find at all BXs, you can but any type of uniform on at the Exchange.

How big is Seymour Johnson AFB?

The base occupies 3,300 acres, which is just over 5 square miles. 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.