Irene has NC military ready to move jets, events

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, NC (AP) — As Hurricane Irene churns up the East Coast, the Air Force in North Carolina is getting ready to move dozens of fighter jets and tankers out of harm’s way.

Staff Sgt. Heather Stanton at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base outside Goldsboro says forecasts for high winds are prompting officials to plan to move the installation’s F-15 fighter jets and KC-135 tankers to another site.

Stanton says the 5,000 military men and women at the installation are preparing for potential high winds, flooding and tornadoes.

At Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps spokesman Nat Fahy says a ceremony opening a new battle training center is being delayed because of Hurricane Irene. Fahy says it is unclear when the ceremony will be held.

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