Mr. Chris Cannon, military liaison for Sen. Kay Hagan, talks with Chief, Tony Parrish and Lt. Col. Phil Heseltine, 916th Operations Group, on the ramp of the 916th Air Refueling Wing on Aug. 6, 2012. (USAF photo by SSgt. Terrica Jones, 916ARW/PA)
Kyle Parker, Camea Britton and Jewell Massenburg look through the window in the boom operator area of a KC-135R Stratotanker on Aug. 9. The federal staffers flew with the 916th Air Refueling Wing over North Carolina's outer banks as part of an orientation flight. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)
8/13/2012 - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- It is a known fact they are the right hand of the their bosses. Their names might not be as familar as their public-persona employers, but they have a lot of influence where it counts.
They are federal staffers.
Last week, the 916th Air Refueling Wing hosted visits from the staff of Sen. Kay Hagan's office and Congressman G.K. Butterfield's office. Mr. Chris Cannon, military liaison for Sen. Hagan toured the base on Monday, Aug. 6. His visit included a mission briefing from the 4th Fighter Wing, along with a tour of an F-15E Strike Eagle, a KC-135R Stratotanker and a demonstration of the military working dogs.
On Thurs. Aug 9, staffers from Congressman Butterfield's office flew at 20,000 feet to witness an in-air refueling aboard a KC-135R.
All the staffers spent time talking to Airmen and reservists about issues affecting the base and issues that affect them personally. Hot topics included the new KC-46A and funding for future Yellow Ribbon events.