Seymour Johnson Troops Could Be Deployed To Join War Effort
Posted November 19, 2001 11:19 a.m. EST
GOLDSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina's military involvement in Afghanistan could be expanding soon. In just a few weeks, squadrons at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base could be deployed to join the action.
F-15 Strike Eagle planes from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have been protecting both New York City and Washington, D.C. since the Sept. 11 attacks, but they have not been called to drop bombs on Afghanistan.
That may change when the base officially goes on call Dec. 1. Pilots say the planes can battle other aircraft, but more likely, they will be used to attack ground targets. Troops say they are ready for possible deployment.
"It's the same stimulated patriotism that we all feel right now. This nation has suffered a tragedy and we have a part in rectifying what was wrong," said Col. Dave Edgington, commander of the 4th Fighter Wing.
During the Persian Gulf War, F-15 Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base were some of the first planes used in combat.