Pilots Return To Seymour Johnson But Still Helping Afghan Residents

It was a happy homecoming at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro Friday as the final squadron of F-15-E Strike Eagles came home from Afghanistan.

There were hugs and tears of joy from both those waiting for their loved ones and the pilots returning.

Suzanne Russell said, "I am so excited to see him because my daughter is two and she has changed so much since he's been gone."

While the pilots like Crystal Kirkley are glad to be home, they say they're also thinking about what they left behind. Kirkley says, "It's definitely tough to leave them when it seems like you are just getting across our purpose and then you have to leave so quickly."

It was during their deployment that the 335th Squadron decided to change that. So the squadron started a non profit selling scarves handmade by Afghan widows online. One $30.00 scarf feeds an Afghan for a week.

The squadron has already sold more than $6,000 worth of scarves.


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