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Shaw Air Force Base is home to the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 wing — the 20th Fighter Wing — whose mission is to provide, project and sustain combat-ready air forces. Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central (USAFCENT), whose primary mission is to project decisive air and space power for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and America.

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Shaw Air Force Base News

AFCENT leaders earn Bronze Stars

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November 5, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Two senior leaders from U.S. Air Forces Central Command were honored with Bronze Stars during a ceremony here Oct. 28.

Lt. Gen. John Hesterman, AFCENT commander, presented medals to Brig. Gen. Kevin Schneider, the assistant deputy commander, and Col. Jeffrey Fallesen, chief of staff, for their achievements during previous assignments.

"Being here with you and your families to present these awards is an honor," Hesterman said.  He told the families, "Your husbands and fathers did superb and important work for our nation."
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20th SFS Pumpkin Patrol ensure Halloween safety

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November 4, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Fueling Shaw’s hungry beasts

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November 4, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Adopt-a-school program provides Airmen volunteer opportunities

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November 4, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 20th Force Support Squadron school liaison officer, John F. Kennedy, is working on creating an Adopt-a-school program to help out the community schools around Sumter.

There are 23 schools eligible to be adopted by squadrons or organizations on Shaw.

"The purpose of this program is to meet the needs of the students in our community schools," said Kennedy. "Service men and women get the opportunity to share their career experiences, mentor students, or utilize their talents in a constructive way that helps to inspire students."
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20th SFS Airmen train for real world threats

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November 4, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 20th Security Forces Squadron held an active shooter training session here, Oct. 29.

The purpose of the training was to teach and ensure Airmen know what action and procedures to take in the event of an active shooter situation.

Six teams of four Airmen entered the shoot-house, engaged a simulated active shooter, rescued hostages, and secured the building.

"As a security forces member, it is critical that everybody knows the proper procedures and guidelines to accomplish any given task in a multitude of different situations," said Staff Sgt. Edward Leslie, 20th SFS standards and evaluation technician.
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The end of a season: ACC’s top leader reflects on service

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October 31, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The plaques and awards have been taken down. The family pictures are gone and the walls are bare.  After 37 years of service and more moves than he cares to count, Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, has packed up his office for the last time.

"I can't believe it's been 37 years," Hostage said. "I feel like I just got started."

Though he feels like he's just begun, Gen. Hostage has nearly four decades of service under his belt. Since joining the Air Force in 1977, the general has logged more than 4,000 flying hours, served in combat and received numerous awards and decorations. In 2011, he took the top spot at Air Combat Command, marking his third and final assignment at Langley Air Force Base.
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Ninth Air Force leadership spends time reading

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October 30, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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20th FSS hosts Boo Bash for Team Shaw

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October 28, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 20th Force Support Squadron held the annual Boo Bash event here, Oct. 25.

The purpose of the event was to provide members of Team Shaw and their families with a safe trick-or-treating environment.

"We started this event in 2009," said John Lonergan, 20th FSS Studio 20 manager. "It was right after a young boy was killed trick-or-treating in 2008; so now we hold this event every year to give them a safer place."

The event kicked off with children going through the "trunk or treat" line. From there, they had the chance to play a series of games, bounce in inflatables, and listen to live music.
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Active shooter training tests SFS Airmen

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October 27, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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AFCENT Intel dines-in

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October 22, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The U.S. Air Forces Central intelligence directorate held a combat dining-in here, Oct. 10.

The purpose of the dining-in was to build esprit de corps, said Col. Scott Murray, AFCENT director of intelligence.

"It's one way that I, as their senior officer, can support and foster feelings of pride, fellowship and common loyalty among all members of the AFCENT intelligence directorate," said Murray.

Approximately 40 people attended the event.

Festivities included dinner, a water gun fight, and a traditional 'grog' bowl.
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Operation Take Flight: Shaw children ‘deploy’

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October 22, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Team Shaw held Operation Take-Flight at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center here to simulate a deployment to "Shawzakistan" for the children of military members, Oct. 16.

There were 329 children who participated in the event.

Before "deploying," the children went through a processing line to give them an experience similar to their parent's. They received paperwork, simulated immunizations, and a simulated Meals Ready to Eat. They also stopped by stations representing the legal office, finance office, chaplains core, and the Airman & Family Readiness Center. After a deployment briefing, the children were off to Shawzakistan.
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‘Walking dead’ Airmen take over 5K

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October 21, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Be seen, stay safe

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October 21, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

As the hours of darkness change, understanding the importance of being seen while conducting physical training can be the difference between life or death.

Daylight saving time ends on Nov. 2, there will be less visibility earlier in the day due to the sun setting one hour earlier than usual.

Shaw AFB Instruction 91-207 states: All military and Department of Defense civilian personnel who are exposed to vehicular traffic (running; jogging; walking, etc.) will wear reflective clothing or devices (such as a reflective belt), that is visible from all angles during the hours of official sunset to official sunrise and reduced visibility (such as inclement weather to include fog, rain, sleet, snow, etc.).
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Shaw congratulates newest ALS graduates

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October 15, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Congratulations to the following senior airmen who graduated from the Senior Master Sgt. David B. Reid Airman Leadership School Class 14-7 here, Oct. 9.

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Kiara Colon - U.S. Air Force Central
Zachary Darroch - 31st Intelligence Squadron
Mark Eidsaune - 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Scott Gardner - 20th Operations Support Squadron
Arnold Gomez - 20th Communications Squadron
Sean Harris - Detachment 1, 31st IS
Chad Jensen - 20th Civil Engineer Squadron
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ATCALS transfer to 20th OSS

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October 15, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 20th Communications Squadron Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems said farewell as they were transferred to the 20th Operations Support Squadron here, Sept. 30.

During the ceremony, 11 Airmen made the switch.

"Personnel individually fell-out from behind the 20th CS guideon," said Master Sgt. Daniel Collins 20th CS first sergeant. "They received a certificate from the 20th CS commander, reported to the 20th OSS commander, and fell-in behind the 20th OSS guidon. The ceremony was also meant to provide a visual representation of the communication squadron losing a section and the operation support squadron gaining a section," he said.
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