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Seymour Johnson Airmen Know Deployment Could Be In Works

Posted January 10, 2003

— Forces at

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

in Goldsboro are preparing for their potential marching orders.

Becky Aldrin's husband has been busy getting planes ready for battle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

"I'm fairly sure that my husband's going to be deployed somewhere sometime soon," she said.

Other than that, Aldrin said she does not know a lot, but she thinks the call is expected soon.

"I probably won't know until the last minute when he's leaving and then I probably won't know where he's going and he's not allowed to tell me things. That's OK. I just have to deal with it," Aldrin said.

For a couple of weeks now, airmen said they have known a deployment is in the works.

"It's going to be exciting. I've never been. My wife's going to be here, so I'm worried about her," airman Ashley Shults said. "Some of my friends who aren't going are going to be here, so I asked them to take care of her if she needed anything."

"I think everybody's kind of wanting to get deployed because you work so hard. You train and train, and you want to put the work to use," crew chief Marcus Sanders said.

Nearly 3,000 airmen at Seymour Johnson were deployed to the Middle East in the early 1990's. Officials said 400 Marines left Camp Lejeune Wednesday for an undisclosed location overseas.


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