SJAFB accomplishments in 2012
By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 11, 2012 1:46 PM
The following are some of the biggest 4th Fighter Wing headlines of 2011:
DOOLITTLE AWARD: Members of the 4th traveled to Washington D.C. to accept the first-ever Doolittle Award.
GATES VISITS SJAFB: Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a stop at Seymour Johnson, where he talked about the killing of Osama bin Laden and awarded an airmen a Bronze Star.
HUREVAC: Airmen execute a mass evacuation as Hurricane Irene made its way toward Wayne County.
RUCK MARCH: Members of the 4th Security Forces Squadron create -- and execute -- a cross-country Ruck March to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
4TH SUPPORTS SHUTTLE LAUNCH: Local aircrews provided air support for the final shuttle launch.
WINGS OVER WAYNE: Base officials reported that Wings Over Wayne 2011 set an attendance record, despite bad weather that shortened the first day.
FLYING HOURS: Members of the 4th logged more than 32,000 flying hours, at home and in theater -- more than any other wing in the Air Force.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Members of the wing brought home more than 50 awards, including eight Air Force-level honors. Numerous decorations were also pinned on 4th airmen, including several Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars.
MEDICAL GROUP DISTINGUISHES ITSELF: The 4th Medical Group won 10 Air Combat Command-level awards, received an "outstanding" on its Health Services Inspection and was rated the No. 2 medical facility in the Air Force.