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Seymour Johnson: New Commander, New War

Posted August 29, 2002 5:25 a.m. EDT

— A new commander took office at one of the nation's first strike forces Wednesday.

Col. Eric J. Rosborg's new position comes with big responsibilities.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

played a crucial role in the fight against Baghdad 11 years ago, and now, America is looking at Iraq again.

During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Seymour Johnson airmen logged nearly 2,300 combat missions in and around Iraq.

Six hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Seymour Johnson F-15E Strike Eagles were patrolling the airspace above the East Coast. The Strike Eagles also led enemy attacks in Afghanistan and the 916th Air Refueling Wing sent allied planes to the fight.

Deployments have ceased in recent months, but the base is always prepared for a call to battle.

"You've got some more deployments that are going to be coming our way. We're ready for it and I have full confidence he'll be able to do that," said former Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Dave Edgington, of Rosborg.

"First and foremost, we'll concentrate on maintaining the superb combat capability of our Strike Eagles and warthogs. After all, combat power is what this wing is all about," said Rosborg.

Rosborg comes from Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas and Edgington is leaving the base for a NATO position as a deputy commander in Eskisehir, Turkey.