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Seymour Reservists Fueled By Responsibility

Posted November 30, 2001 11:40 a.m. EST

— The 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was one of the first reservist groups in the nation called to active duty in the war on terrorism.

The reservists have already logged more than 1,000 hours in the air and flown more than 250 times.

So far, the wing has delivered more than 8 million pounds of fuel to 800 military aircraft. Some of the deliveries have been been overseas, but most have been along the east coast.

The reservists who serve 916th may be part-time warriors, but their work is critical to the war on terrorism.

"We refuel virtually any aircraft in the Air Force inventory and we can handle those of our Navy and Marine and NATO allies. So we're staying busy," said a Major with the 916th.

The 916th is flying missions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.