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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the 4th Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Razor Talon War Room at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The new war room will help support joint exercises between military branches during Razor Talon, a monthly low-cost, large-force training exercise for aviation units along the East Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the 4th Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Razor Talon War Room at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The new war room will help support joint exercises between military branches during Razor Talon, a monthly low-cost, large-force training exercise for aviation units along the East Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Sage (far left), 4th Fighter Wing commander, and Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, speak with contractors during a base visit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Zobrist said contract employees are vital to helping the Air Force mission run smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Sage (far left), 4th Fighter Wing commander, and Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, speak with contractors during a base visit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Zobrist said contract employees are vital to helping the Air Force mission run smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, talks with Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron superintendent, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Neeley and other members of the Make It Better culinary club showcased their cooking skills by preparing breakfast for Zobrist and approximately 20 other wing leaders and their spouses during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, talks with Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron superintendent, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Neeley and other members of the Make It Better culinary club showcased their cooking skills by preparing breakfast for Zobrist and approximately 20 other wing leaders and their spouses during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Members of 9th Air Force and Team Seymour leadership walk to the newly built 4th Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Razor Talon War Room at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The War Room will enhance communications and other capabilities during future exercises such as Razor Talon an exercise that began in 2013 and was developed at Seymour Johnson AFB to combine land, air and sea forces for joint unit participation and collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Members of 9th Air Force and Team Seymour leadership walk to the newly built 4th Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Razor Talon War Room at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The War Room will enhance communications and other capabilities during future exercises such as Razor Talon an exercise that began in 2013 and was developed at Seymour Johnson AFB to combine land, air and sea forces for joint unit participation and collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, coins Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron superintendent at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Neeley is the president of the Make It Better culinary club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, coins Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron superintendent at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Neeley is the president of the Make It Better culinary club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, discusses the Make It Better book club with Staff Sgt. Catherine Quinlan (right), 4th Force Support Squadron manpower analyst at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Quinlan is the president of the book club which has more than 100 members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, discusses the Make It Better book club with Staff Sgt. Catherine Quinlan (right), 4th Force Support Squadron manpower analyst at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Quinlan is the president of the book club which has more than 100 members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Murdock (right), 4th Maintenance Group development and instruction section chief, speaks to Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, about the Make It Better computer  club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The Make It Better initiative began in 2014 and encourages members with similar interests and hobbies to join forces to improve morale and camaraderie of Team Seymour Airmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Murdock (right), 4th Maintenance Group development and instruction section chief, speaks to Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, about the Make It Better computer club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. The Make It Better initiative began in 2014 and encourages members with similar interests and hobbies to join forces to improve morale and camaraderie of Team Seymour Airmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, speaks with Col. Eric Jenkins, 916th Air Refueling Wing commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Zobrist met with multiple members of Team Seymour during his visit to base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist (left), 9th Air Force commander, speaks with Col. Eric Jenkins, 916th Air Refueling Wing commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 15, 2017. Zobrist met with multiple members of Team Seymour during his visit to base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Airmen showcased base improvements and mission accomplishments during a visit Feb. 15 by Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander.

Zobrist visited Team Seymour as part of his effort to learn what Airmen's issues are and understand their mission to better advocate on their behalf at the Major Command level.

Zobrist met with Airmen from the 335th Fighter Squadron who recently returned from a deployment supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Southwest Asia.

According to Lt. Col. Brandon Johnson, 335th FS commander, F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and weapon systems officers from the squadron flew more than 1,200 sorties into Iraq and Syria in support of OIR, dropped more than 2,000 bombs on various Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets and flew more than 9,250 combat hours taking out more than 1,950 enemies.

Capt. Ryan Morris, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer-in-charge, said ground crews ran 24/7 operations to ensure the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft could complete combatant commander's directives at optimum performance levels.

That part of the unit's success can be attributed to the training received during Razor Talon, a monthly low-cost, large-force training exercise for aviation units along the East Coast, said Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander.

The exercise provides unique training opportunities and scenarios involving friendly forces fighting through contested airspace while destroying air-to-air and air-to-surface simulated threats along the North Carolina coast and Mid-Atlantic region.

As part of Zobrist's visit, he joined in the grand opening for the new 4th Operations Support Squadron Weapons and Tactics Razor Talon War Room.

The war room advances mission capabilities and enhances communications during future exercises via software and connectivity upgrades.

"This new building has the means to further support joint exercises between the branches during Razor Talon," Zobrist said. "The exercise now has a greater potential and importance than ever."

As Zobrist's priorities involve not only the mission but Airmen and their families, he also learned about Team Seymour's Make It Better initiative where he met with representatives from the cooking, fashion, computer, radio control and book clubs, thanking Airmen for promoting morale and camaraderie.

"It's wonderful that numerous clubs have been created, and Airmen are able to enjoy themselves," Zobrist said. "I also thank the leadership for encouraging and helping the Airmen make Seymour Johnson such an energetic base."

The MIB initiative began in November 2014 and inspires members with similar interests and hobbies to collaborate, create a sense of community, develop leadership skills and improve themselves and the base.

In parting, Zobrist said Seymour Johnson AFB is a vital part of maintaining air superiority in support of national defense and global operations and thanked the Airmen of the 4th FW for their hard work and continued dedication to achieving the mission.