09/29/11 — 916th to mark 25 years at SJAFB

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916th to mark 25 years at SJAFB

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on September 29, 2011 1:46 PM

From the ground in Afghanistan to the skies just above the North Carolina Air Force base it calls home, members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing will soon reflect on a quarter-century that has seen locally-stationed Reserve airmen rise to the top of their command.

But their commander, Col. Randall Ogden, said the month-long celebration will not just be a chance to acknowledge the unit's 25-year journey toward its recognition as one of Air Mobility Command's most outstanding wings.

It will also serve as a poignant reminder that as some airmen participate in fun-filled events in Goldsboro, many of their comrades will still be in harm's way.

"As our reservists and active-duty airmen carry out missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Southeast Asia and Europe they are not far from our minds as we honor them here at home," he said.

October marks 25 years since the 916th was re-activated on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

"This is such an exciting time," Ogden said. "We are thrilled to be able to celebrate 25 years of re-activation supporting our nation and answering the call of duty across the globe."

And he and his airmen are looking forward, he added, to sharing in that celebration with their neighbors in those communities outside the installation gates.

"Being a part of the Goldsboro community has also been a huge source of pride for us as we look back on a quarter of a century of service," the colonel said. "We are grateful to be a part of Team Seymour and we're excited that the entire community can celebrate this historical milestone with us."

Wayne County residents will have their first opportunity to help the wing celebrate Oct. 1, as the unit unveils Part One of its "25 Shout-Outs for 25 Years" video blog on its Facebook page, www. facebook.com/916ARW?ref=ts

The showcase -- which will feature a new video shout-out from music, sports and political celebrities each day -- will run until Oct. 23.

The 916th will also host Business After Hours Oct. 20.