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 Shaw Air Force Base

Shaw Air Force Base (Shaw AFB) (IATA: SSC, ICAO: KSSC, FAA LID: SSC) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 8.4 miles (13.5 km) west-northwest of downtown Sumter, South Carolina. It is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC). The United States Air Force 20th Fighter Wing (20th FW) is the host unit.


It is one of the largest military bases operated by the United States, and is one of only two air bases in CONUS with an active railroad line.

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Shaw Air Force Base has been a valued part of the Sumter community for my entire life. Many of my friends have served or are serving at Shaw in some capacity. The impact that the military has on our community is more than just monetary, with many retirees choosing Sumter for their retirement home.
Howard Ward, Air Force Cultural and Language Center director, welcomes attendees to the third annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium on March 28, 2018, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The two-day event welcomed experts from around the world to talk about the importance ...

After a week of listening to testimony and almost six hours of deliberation, a jury found Benjamin William Shaw not guilty in the death of a Barksdale airman ... A male suspect is in custody in the possible stabbing death of an airman who was found unresponsive on Andersen Air Force Base early Tuesday.
Marky, left, and Astra, 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, perform their final bite during their retirement ceremony as Col. Daniel Lasica, 20th Fighter Wing commander, stands in a bite suit at Shaw Air Force Base, SC, on March 14. The dogs served a combined 21 years, or approximately ...
A 22-year-old airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter was one of three people who were shot in Columbia's Five Points early Sunday. Airman 1st Class Anfernee Kirkland, an armament technician assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, was an "innocent victim of the violent ...
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Shaw Air Force Base airman is among the victims of this weekend's shooting in Columbia's Five Points, military officials confirm. Shaw AFB said Monday that Airman 1st Class Anfernee Kirkland was wounded by gunfire while in Five Points early Sunday morning. He's a 22-year-old ...

The 20th Fighter Wing and Sumter community police, fire and ambulatory services are scheduled to conduct an active threat exercise at the 20th Medical Group clinic, Shaw Air Force Base, on Friday. Base patrons can expect increased traffic, emergency vehicles and unusual activities including the use of ...
If you are headed towards Sumter on Friday morning, there's no reason to become alarmed should you notice a large number of emergency services personnel around Shaw Air Force Base. It's a part of an active-threat exercise being conducted by Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing and local Sumter police, fire and ...
The Myrtle Beach show will be just a puddle-jump away from the Viper Demonstration Team's home base at Shaw, AFB. “The best air shows tend to have a well-rounded and diverse lineup of performers to feature all types of aircraft. While the Blue Angels are fan favorites, the military jet demo teams offer ...
Shaw Air Force Base is conducting explosive ordinance disposal training today, which the public may have heard or felt around 10:15 a.m., though it likely was not as strong as earlier in the week. Training also occurred at the Sumter base on Monday, causing people to ask what shook their house or what ...
The late Lt. Charles C. Heckel, who was honored with a Prisoner of War Commendation on Friday at Shaw Air Force Base, was prisoner No. 8286. West Compound Barracks 168. Room 15. He was 19 years old when he became a POW in Nazi Germany after flying for the 9th Tactical Air Force's 474th ...
By the time the Air Force announced it would be opening a new MQ-9 Reaper Group at Shaw Air Force Base, the processes were in place to welcome the new unit and begin operations almost immediately. The unit, which includes airmen, contractors, security and support personnel, carries out intelligence ...
While day-to-day operations throughout Sumter County were largely unscathed by the federal government shutting down for three days amid Congressional dysfunction on passing a spending measure, Shaw Air Force Base did see some affects closures. All non-essential civilian employees at the Sumter ...
Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Shaw Air Force Base has identified the airman who was found dead in his home near Columbia Tuesday. Officers say Staff Sgt. Zachary Townsend, who the base calls "a dedicated crew chief" was assigned to the 495th Fighter Group. Townsend served in the Air Force nine-and-a-half ...
Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Shaw Air Force Base officials say an airman there was found dead in his off-base home. The body of the airman, who the Air Force has not identified to the public yet, was discovered Monday, officials say. The airman was assigned to the 495th Fighter Group. "We are brokenhearted to ...
Shaw Air Force Base will be the home of a new Air Force wing of remotely piloted aircraft, commonly known as drones. On Wednesday ... “This announcement is a positive step in the right direction when it comes to Shaw AFB receiving a new MQ-9 Reaper group,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said in 2017.
Shaw Air Force Base, SC, expects to fly its first MQ-9 combat line by early spring, and officials there told Inside the Air Force this week they hope service leadership will continue their commitment to sustained funding and flexible planning as the new Reaper control group stands up. Reaper jobs are opening ...

A crew chief assigned to the 95th Fighter Group at Shaw AFB, S.C., was found dead in his off-base residence on Monday. SSgt. Zachary Townsend enlisted in the Air Force in July 2008. “We are heartbroken to have lost a valued member of our team,” said Col. Michael Dean, commander of the 495th FG.
Because of his efficiency in establishing the personnel records office, he was asked to open an Air Force base in Bainbridge, Georgia. While in Sumter, he met Miriam DuCom, and they were married upon his return to Shaw. He completed Officer Candidate School in Miami and received a commission of ...
During her visit, her and seven other people met with Major Brian Raffa the Air Force base and toured the facility, met pilots of F-16's and got to sit in one of the fighter jets. She also sat in on a meeting about ballistic missile defense and military air power. Shaw Airforce Base is the largest base in the world ...
Tech. Sgt. Andre Penn, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing manager, takes a break following a training session at Team Robinson Mixed Martial Arts in Sumter, S.C., Nov. 7, 2017. Along with training, Penn was required to lose approximately 10 pounds in order to reach the ...
“We selected Tyndall Air Force Base because it was the best location to meet the unique requirements of the MQ-9 Reaper,” Secretary of the Air Force ... element locations were Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, Moody AFB in Georgia, Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, and Shaw AFB.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as the preferred location for hosting a new MQ-9 Reaper Wing with 24 ... The Air Force previously announced Shaw AFB, South Carolina as the preferred alternative for an operations group with mission control elements.
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) -- It is 5 a.m. and the sun has yet to rise on a chilly morning where all that can be heard are the crickets ...
Clardy was an Airman assigned to the 31st Intelligence Squadron, which is supported by the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in ...
An Air Force pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs a pre-flight ... Shaw AFB sent assets to Tyndall to participate in exercise ...
The 20th Fighter Wing inspector general team is scheduled to conduct a major accident response exercise at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday.
“Instead of moving a family from say, Shaw [Air Force Base] to Mom's place in Boston for a year, and then to Tinker [AFB] and paying for two ...
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE - The Shaw-Sumter Community Council received an inside look at the 20th Fighter Wing mission on Nov. 2.
An airman from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, inspects an F-15 ... Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and Mountain Home Air ...
The coroner says the wreck happened just after 2 p.m. on Highway 378 in front of Shaw AFB. Details about the collision have not been ...
... of its bombs and other munitions at Eglin Air Force Base. ... at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and A-10 Thunderbolt close air support ...
According to a news release from Shaw Air Force Base, the 20th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct Anti-terrorism Week on base Monday ...
... AFB — More than two dozen boats will swarm Choctawhatchee Bay ... Falcons from the 55th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in ...
Shaw Air Force Base 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs has issued a statement regarding a gas line break on Willow Street in the base housing ...
The new aircraft are scheduled to eventually replace the F-16s at Shaw Air Force Base – the largest F-16 wing in the country – as well as the ...
... National Guard Assistant to the commander in the United States Air Forces Central Command at the Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, ...
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) -- Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gordon, 20th ... After Gordon moved to Shaw AFB, South Carolina in April 2015, her ...
Personnel from Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter Fire Department participated in the ...
An MQ Reaper group including pilots and equipment similar to what is seen here is expected to be deployed to Shaw Air Force Base beginning ...
29 vandalism at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church. Authorities say the four airmen at Shaw Air Force Base vandalized the columns and ...
... SC (WACH) ---Four U.S. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base are out on ... “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a ...
... SC (WACH) ---Four U.S. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base are out on ... “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a ...
ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Daveion R. Green, 19, and Brandon Munoz, 20, both airmen stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, enter ...
... SC (WACH) ---Four U.S. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base are out on ... “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a ...
... SC (WACH) ---Four U.S. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base are out on ... “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as a ...
... Sheriff's Office arrested a group of Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base on ... “Such behavior is not representative of the Airmen of Shaw AFB as ...
Four Shaw Air Force Base airmen accused of spray-painting satanic graffiti on a rural South Carolina church have been identified.
... in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action during the POW/MIA Commemoration Ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday.
22, the Scott Air Force Base community will hold a candlelight 5K run/walk in support ... Kathryn Shaw, 375th AMDS commander, Kristi Hopp, 375th Air Mobility ... The support demonstrated by the Scott AFB family and the local ...


 

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