Strike Eagles leave nest ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Aircrew members from the 334th Fighter Squadron watch the latest weather updates prior to evacuating as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Aircrew members from the 334th Fighter Squadron watch the latest weather updates prior to evacuating as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 335th Fighter Squadron takes off as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 335th Fighter Squadron takes off as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

A crew chief assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle for departure as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

A crew chief assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle for departure as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Team Seymour aircraft support personnel prepare to depart the area as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Team Seymour aircraft support personnel prepare to depart the area as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 336th Fighter Squadron takes off as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 336th Fighter Squadron takes off as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Four F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron prepare to take off as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Four F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron prepare to take off as a precautionary measure to avoid severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Maintainers and aircrew greet each other before generating an F-15E Strike Eagle to depart the area as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Maintainers and aircrew greet each other before generating an F-15E Strike Eagle to depart the area as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Members of Team Seymour board a KC-135R Stratotanker to depart the area as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Members of Team Seymour board a KC-135R Stratotanker to depart the area as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Hannah Byers, 32nd Air Refueling Squadron crew chief, marshals a K-Loader into position, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. A KC-10A Extender arrived from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to help move essential equipment as more than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, as a precautionary measure to avoid potential damage from high winds associated with Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Senior Airman Hannah Byers, 32nd Air Refueling Squadron crew chief, marshals a K-Loader into position, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. A KC-10A Extender arrived from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to help move essential equipment as more than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, as a precautionary measure to avoid potential damage from high winds associated with Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Aircrew members from the 334th Fighter Squadron prepare to evacuate as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)
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Aircrew members from the 334th Fighter Squadron prepare to evacuate as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from high winds and rain associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittain Crolley)

Master Sgt. Leslie Wagner (right), 4th Comptroller Squadron financial services flight chief, gives a brief to Team Seymour support personnel before they depart to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Master Sgt. Leslie Wagner (right), 4th Comptroller Squadron financial services flight chief, gives a brief to Team Seymour support personnel before they depart to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 6, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 40 F-15E Strike Eagles and six KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana to avoid potential damage from severe weather associated with Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)