Welcome to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where we are the 4th but 1st, and for good reason. Spanning more than five decades and five wars, the 4th Fighter Wing is one of the most distinguished fighter units in the world. During the second World War, many American pilots volunteered to fly with the Royal Air Force Eagle Squadrons to help defeat the Nazi regime and defend freedom. After the US joined the war in 1942, the 4th Fighter Group was formed. Continuing through today, the Airmen of the 4th support US operations all around the globe. From the time of the Spitfires to today’s Strike Eagles, the 4th has always been the tip of the spear when fighting Americas enemies, and continues to live by its motto, 4th but 1st.