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Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is the only active Air Force Base in North Carolina, since the Army took over Pope AFB at Fort Bragg. It is situated in Goldsboro, NC and is home to over 4,000 service members.

PCSING TO SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB?

Seymour Johnson AFB was activated in 1942 and deactivated in 1946. In 1952, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1956. Today, Seymour Johnson Air Force base spans over 3,300 acres and is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and 916th Air Refueling Wing. F15's and are common sights and sounds around this base that also hosts a spectacular biannual air show titled Wings Over Wayne.

SURROUNDING AREAS

Seymour Johnson Air Force base is located in Wayne County. Nearby cities within the county include; Pikeville, Fremont, Eureka, Mount Olive, Seven Springs, and Walnut Creek. Neighboring counties are; Lenoir, Duplin, Sampson, Johnston, Wilson, & Greene.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Should you live on post or off? Corvias Military Living is the leasing agent for on-post living. It's a good idea to do thorough research of both on and off-post housing before committing to it. Check out all of your options prior to making a final decision and signing a lease. For off base neighborhood reviews from fellow mil-families check out PCSgrades.com.


ON POST RESOURCES AND POINTS OF INTEREST

There is one Commissary, one gym, an Airman Family Readiness Center, several parks including a dog park, a golf course, and a splash pad for kids.

OFF POST POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Local: downtown Goldsboro offers an array of restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, dessert cafes, and many family fun activities throughout the year.
  • Big city perks: Raleigh is located less than an hour away and is the closest metropolitan city.
  • Coastal cities worth checking out: Wilmington, Atlantic Beach, Topsail Beach, The Outer Banks, Beaufort, Southport, and New Bern.
  • Shopping: Carolina Premium Outlets, in Smithfield, are only thirty eight minutes away.
  • Outdoor recreation: Fishing in the Neuse River or off shore fishing at the coast.

SCHOOLS

In addition to several nearby private schools, Wayne County Public Schools provides public K-12 education for Seymour Johnson AFB children.

DAY TRIPS

Note-worthy places to visit within the state of NC:

  • Raleigh
  • Asheville
  • Boone
  • Cherokee
  • Wilmington
  • The Outer Banks

CLIMATE

The climate varies, but North Carolina has four seasons. A mild climate sums up Goldsboro NC pretty well as agriculture is booming in this area throughout three of the four seasons. Late December to early March is considered winter time with lows in the 20's and highs in the 60's. Mid-March through early May is spring time with warm days, cool nights, and a multitude of rain. Late May through early September is summer time with highs sometimes reaching into the 100's and lows in the 60's. Mid-September through Mid-December is fall with temperatures varying from lows in the 50's to highs in the 70's.

WHAT MAKES SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE SO WONDERFUL?

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located just under two hours from the North Carolina coast. If being so close to the coast isn't reason enough to love it here, I am sure the patriotism around Wayne County will make you feel right at home. Small town living, agriculture, and locally owned businesses are characteristic of this tight knit community.

This post sponsored by PCSgrades.

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In military life, there is really nothing more stressful than a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Deployments are a close second, but a PCS takes the cake. Combine a PCS with a deployment and not only do you want to eat all of the proverbial cake, you want to guzzle copious amounts of wine, too. We see you. Cheers.

One company, PCSgrades, is trying to make the PCS process feel more like a three-letter acronym than a four-letter expletive. Founded by veteran Todd Ernst, PCSgrades is the epitome of the military community taking care of its own. "PCSing has an emotional connotation," said Ernst. "We use it as an adverb, adjective, a noun and even as a cuss word."

Ernst started PCSgrades in 2015 after seeing friends struggle with unethical real estate agents and being taken advantage of by moving companies who knew DoD would be a paying customer no matter how poorly the companies treated their clients - us.

Here are 4 resources PCSgrades provides that you need to make moving easier:

1. Housing reviews

Does it get any more stressful than finding out where you're going to be stationed, Googling base housing at that station and getting results from 15 years ago (if you find anything, at all)? Nope, no it doesn't.

PCSgrades is changing the game on that by having military families who live in an area provide honest, candid reviews of their housing so incoming families can benefit. With reviews of both on and off base locations, families can finally get the truth about housing, whether it has black mold or the best views in town.

2. Moving company reviews

Great, you've figured out where to live; that's half the battle. The other, larger, more complex half? Figuring out how your stuff is going to get there. Knowing someone else will be handling your personal property and driving away with it for the foreseeable future is stressful enough. But not knowing what that company's background is, well that's a whole different ball game.

PCSgrades has countless reviews of moving companies provided by military families who have used them. Let's be honest: You wouldn't try a new Chinese delivery place without looking at reviews … why should picking a moving company be any different?

3. Area guides

The giant Google machine can only get you so far in life when you're researching your new duty station. We know you're busy and you want one-stop shopping on the interwebs. What you really need is aggregate data of things like schools to attend, restaurants to try, day trips to take and neighborhoods to avoid.

Introducing Area Guides, which offer exactly that: a holistic view of where you're moving and what to do once you get there. The best part? These are written by military families who have done it, for military families who are doing it.

4. Network of realtors and resources

PCSgrades has a nationwide network of A-graded realtors who know and understand the military and veteran lifestyle. Many of the realtors are veterans or spouses themselves, which takes the empathy to a whole new level. Having a realtor who gets the pressures of PCSing and the challenges of a military move is key to finding the right home for your family.

"I have friends who are hundreds of thousands of dollars upside down after bad home choices," Ernst said. "Housing choices can be pretty limited. Our moves are way more expensive than the typical civilian move." This is why Ernst created a way to alleviate the pain points for military families through PCSgrades.

In addition to a network of realtors, PCSgrades partners with "HomeScout," which allows you to search up-to-date home listings nationwide. Simply create an account with PCSgrades and the realty world is your oyster.

Whether you're looking for a new neighborhood, trying to find a vetted realtor, need a PCS checklist (let's be honest, is it on your radar to look at the expiration date of your military ID card two months before you PCS? Yeah, we know the truth; download the checklists here), or you're just wanting to know more about where you're heading, PCSgrades is making moving easier for every military family. Pay it forward by leaving reviews and be sure to take advantage of their excellent resources, today.

This post sponsored by PCSgrades.

7 airplane travel hacks with kids

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Yeah! You got orders to (insert foreign country overseas)! You can already picture your kids in the international school, speaking with cute little accents and wearing local garments. Adorbs. You've got your housing picked out, adventures planned and passport photos taken. You're ready for your epic move ... except for that 13 hour plane ride. Have you wrapped your head around that yet? Before you grab for a paper bag and start hyperventilating, use our travel hacks to help make the emotional turbulence you're experiencing a little lighter.

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We've all said it: "We'll drive. It won't be that bad." We picture the adventure, the memories, the nostalgia of car trips when we were younger.

But if we're really being honest with ourselves, think back to those car trips. Someone was crying. Someone was puking. Someone was whining. That person very well may have been your poor mother. True story, my mom once got out and walked along the highway when all six of us kids wouldn't stop fighting. A long car trip can be daunting, but with our tips and tricks they don't need to be.

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WE ALL HAVE OUR SHARE OF HORROR STORIES WHEN IT COMES TO MILITARY MOVING!

Name the most disgusting item erroneously packed by your movers… for me it was used coffee grounds and of course, trash. For others, I've heard everything from wet towels to dirty diapers. I've caught movers raiding my fridge, lounging on my mattress in my front yard, and throwing out items that they've broken. Raise your hand (or have a drink) if you ever had packers show up late (or not at all). Ever had packers get into a shouting match among themselves as they were packing your china? Or have you caught your movers throwing boxes down the stairs to the basement? That would be me!

LESSONS LEARNED

With each military move, there are "lessons learned". For instance, I won't go into great detail but let's just say after watching one packer go directly from using the restroom back to packing my kitchen without washing his hands, we now use gigantic ziplock bags to "pre-pack" all my kitchen utensils. A packers' bare flesh has never again touched one of my kitchen utensils.

My family's last military move was by far the shortest, only 1½ miles up the road. We were moving from a rental to a home we purchased. It was by far the worst in terms of damage and overall angst. I think because we were only "moving up the road" the pack job left a lot to be desired. I found one box of dishes which had not one piece of wrapping paper! Instead two throw pillows from my family room were used as a buffer! Amazingly, nothing was broken! Go figure!

When I heard glass shatter in the moving truck, I asked one of the guys what shattered.

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There are any number of reasons why in a given situation renting might be better than buying or vice versa. For military families, it might make more sense to buy at one duty station and then rent at the next. Up for consideration with each PCS is whether to buy or rent, to stay on-base or off. In making these decisions, there are numerous pros and cons to consider.

PROS TO BUYING

  • Purchasing the right home can be a great financial investment that can grow in value over time.
  • Tax deductions such as mortgage interest and property taxes can greatly reduce your overall income tax burden if you itemize.
  • Being a homeowner can give you pride of ownership and a sense of stability, rare in the military life which can seem nomadic at times.
  • A mortgage payment that is lower than your BAH can result in a boost to your savings.
  • You can decorate however you want! Goodbye white walls! Hello, Color!
  • Anyone can stay with you at any time. So it is not a problem when your Mom or sister comes for an extended stay during a deployment or following a PCS.
  • You can do (almost) whatever you want….host a late night party, plant a garden, knock a wall down!
  • There are no security or pet deposits when you buy a home.
  • You have the opportunity to become a landlord when military orders arrive and you have to move. Your home can become an investment property, providing a source of income which can partially or totally offset your mortgage, taxes, and insurance payments.
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