By Wendi Iacobello, Army Spouse
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is the only active Air Force Base in North Carolina, since the Army took over Pope AFB at Fort Bragg. It is situated in Goldsboro NC and is home to over 4,000 service members.
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Seymour Johnson AFB was activated in 1942 and deactivated in 1946. In 1952, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1956. Today, Seymour Johnson Air Force base spans over 3,300 acres and is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and 916th Air Refueling Wing. F15’s and are common sights and sounds around this base that also hosts a spectacular biannual air show titled Wings Over Wayne.
Seymour Johnson Air Force base is located in Wayne County. Nearby cities within the county include; Pikeville, Fremont, Eureka, Mount Olive, Seven Springs, and Walnut Creek. Neighboring counties are; Lenoir, Duplin, Sampson, Johnston, Wilson, & Greene.
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On Post Resources and Points of Interest
There is one Commissary, one gym, an Airman Family Readiness Center, several parks including a dog park, a golf course, and a splash pad for kids.
Off Post Points of Interest
- Local: downtown Goldsboro offers an array of restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, dessert cafes, and many family fun activities throughout the year.
- Big city perks: Raleigh is located less than an hour away and is the closest metropolitan city.
- Coastal cities worth checking out: Wilmington, Atlantic Beach, Topsail Beach, The Outer Banks, Beaufort, Southport, and New Bern.
- Shopping: Carolina Premium Outlets, in Smithfield, are only thirty eight minutes away.
- Outdoor recreation: Fishing in the Neuse River or off shore fishing at the coast.
In addition to several nearby private schools, Wayne County Public Schools provides public K-12 education for Seymour Johnson AFB children.
Note-worthy places to visit within the state of NC:
- The Outer Banks
The climate varies, but North Carolina has four seasons. A mild climate sums up Goldsboro NC pretty well as agriculture is booming in this area throughout three of the four seasons. Late December to early March is considered winter time with lows in the 20’s and highs in the 60’s. Mid-March through early May is spring time with warm days, cool nights, and a multitude of rain. Late May through early September is summer time with highs sometimes reaching into the 100’s and lows in the 60’s. Mid-September through Mid-December is fall with temperatures varying from lows in the 50’s to highs in the 70’s.
What makes Seymour Johnson Air Force Base so wonderful?
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located just under two hours from the North Carolina coast. If being so close to the coast isn’t reason enough to love it here, I am sure the patriotism around Wayne County will make you feel right at home. Small town living, agriculture, and locally owned businesses are characteristic of this tight knit community.
PCSgrades Author: Wendi Iacobello is an Army wife and a North Carolina native. She has spent the last nine years as an adult educator and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology. She is also blogger, workshop presenter, and advisor to military spouses seeking career and education assistance. In her free time, you can usually find her in the outdoors gardening, running, or playing with her Beagle puppy. Wendi is extremely passionate about helping others by sharing her experiences, insight, resources, and inspirational stories on her blog Strength4Spouses.