Cooper tours Seymour Johnson AFB in support of military

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Governor tours Seymou Johnson AFB
Gov. Roy Cooper went to Goldsboro to show support, he said.

GOLDSBORO, North Carolina (WTVD) -- On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Hall toured Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro; they met with airmen, sat in on a briefing for a training exercise on the Carolina coast, and got a close-up look at an F-15.

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Asked why he was there by an airman during a brief Q&A after the tour, Cooper replied to show his support for military men and women in North Carolina and their contribution to local communities.

"We stand ready to do anything we can to continue to strengthen this base and continue to support the men and women who work in and around the civilian population, the reserves," Cooper said. "We're going to keep this relationship strong."

During the briefing, Cooper and Hall were brought up to speed on Operation Razor Talon, a massive training op run monthly out of Seymour Johnson. The airman giving the brief told the two officials Razor Talon is one of the largest ongoing training exercises in the world.

The Air Force launches 40 fighter jets from Goldsboro, fly them close to the speed of sound out to the coast, and then split into two teams of 20 and run war games scenarios real-time. From the "war room" where Cooper and Hall were briefed, they watched digital representations of the planes engaging along the coast.

After the briefing, Cooper and Hall, their entourage, and accompanying media loaded up into vans and were taken out to the airfield where dozens of fighter jets sat under "sun shades," some being worked on, others sitting quiet.

The group stopped at an F-15 fighter jet being worked on under a sun shade with floodlights, prompting Cooper to remark on a project with Duke Energy designed at outfitting all the tents with lights so crews can work on the planes around the clock.