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Come fly, come fly away: Civic leaders learn about Reserve mission

A member of the Wayne Leadership class watches intently as a 911th boom operator refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon 20,000 feet in the air on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

A member of the Wayne Leadership class watches intently as a 911th boom operator refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon 20,000 feet in the air on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

Civic leaders from across the state of North Carolina, to include the Wayne Leaderhip class, learn about the munitions loaded on an F-15 Strike Eagle during a tour of Seymour Johnson on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

Civic leaders from across the state of North Carolina, to include the Wayne Leaderhip class, learn about the munitions loaded on an F-15 Strike Eagle during a tour of Seymour Johnson on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

F-16 Fighting Falcons out of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. thrilled more than 50 civic leaders during an air-to-air refueling mission sponsored by the 916th Air Refueling Wing on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

F-16 Fighting Falcons out of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. thrilled more than 50 civic leaders during an air-to-air refueling mission sponsored by the 916th Air Refueling Wing on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Ms. Donna Lea, 916ARW/PA)

Marine Capt. Dan Evans (left), talks with 911th pilot Capt. Matt Carpenter and a civic leader during an orientation flight on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Maj. Shannon Mann, 916ARW/PA)

Marine Capt. Dan Evans (left), talks with 911th pilot Capt. Matt Carpenter and a civic leader during an orientation flight on Jan. 21. (USAF photo by Maj. Shannon Mann, 916ARW/PA)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- More than 50 civic leaders from across the state of North Carolina spent the day with the 916th Air Refueling Wing on Jan. 21.

Police officers, business owners and the class of Leadership Wayne County joined the Air Force Reserve wing to witness an air-to-air refueling with F-16s at  20,000 feet.

The group was also able to tour the 4th Fighter Wing's load barn where they were able to see the various munitions loaded onto an F-15 Strike Eagle.

"I have been blessed to be at a lot of events, usually around sports," said Mr. Mike Sobb, assistant athletic director of marketing for Duke University, "But Friday ranks as one of the coolest days I have had ever!"

FY 21 UTA SCHEDULE  

3 - 4 OCT 20  
7 - 8 NOV 20  
5 - 6 DEC 20 (Hybrid)
9 - 10 JAN 21  (Hybrid)
6 - 7 FEB 21  (Hybrid)
6 - 7 MAR 21 (Hybrid)
10 - 11 APR 21  
1 - 2 MAY 21  
5 - 6 JUNE 21  
10 - 11 JULY 21  
7 - 8 AUG 21  
11 - 12 SEP 21 
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FY 22 UTA SCHEDULE
 
2 - 3  OCT 21
6 - 7  NOV 21
4 - 5  DEC 21
8 - 9  JAN 22
5 - 6  FEB 22
5 - 6  MAR 22
7 - 10  APR 22  (Super UTA)
14 - 15  MAY 22
4 - 5  JUN 22
No UTA  JUL 22
6 - 7  AUG 22
10 - 11  SEPT 22