Chiefs fly to join Afghanistan fight
By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on August 31, 2009 1:46 PM
4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Kelly, right, showed up at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line Sunday to motivate 300-plus members of the 335th Fighter Squadron one final time before they boarded a DC-10 bound for Afghanistan -- and to shake each one of their hands.
335th Fighter Squadron members head for a transport plane Sunday.
Senior Airman Shaun Thomas spends a few moments alone shortly before deploying.
Military Affairs Commission chairman Dr. Mike Gooden brought 10 cases of eastern North Carolina peanuts for deployed airmen to eat on the flight. But he and former MAC chairman Henry Smith also came with a pledge: That the Wayne County community will watch over the families left behind.
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