SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - The 2013 Wings Over Wayne Open House and Air Show, scheduled for May 18-19, and headlined by The Blue Angels, has been cancelled.
Driven by the dual threat of operating under a continuing resolution and potential sequestration, U.S. Air Force leadership at all levels are proactively implementing near-term actions to minimize impacts to Air Force personnel while protecting operational readiness.
"Our decision to cease planning for the 2013 air show comes after careful review and consideration of the fiscal challenges the Air Force, the Department of Defense and our nation face," said Col. Jeannie Leavitt, 4th Fighter Wing commander. "We're taking prudent measures and doing our best to mitigate our budget risks and align available resources with current and emerging operational requirements. Remaining as mission-ready as possible and preserving our combat capability is our imperative and we're prioritizing spending to ensure this priority is met."
For more than 55 years, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has enjoyed unparalleled community support from Wayne County, Goldsboro and the surrounding communities, which made this decision difficult.