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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

Engine test cell goes full throttle

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March 14, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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New foam aids firefighters

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March 12, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 20th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters trained using a new compressed air foam system here, March 10, 2014. Approximately 10 firefighter attended a four hour introduction class to learn about CAF. Following the the class, the firefighters were apart of hands-on training to practice using the CAF system during a controlled live fire. Along with the new system the Shaw Fire Department recieved a new fire truck which holds three tanks that include water, air, and foam. After running through the fire hose the mixture them passes through a foam nozzle which creates millions of bubbles that coat the object being sprayed, making it lighter and more effective than water.
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Mentorship program develops students, service members

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March 11, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

As a community within a community, the Air Force has long established ways of giving back to others. Through the Sumter County School District Mentor Program, many volunteers on base have found a long-term opportunity to support the local community through children.

"It's not just volunteering," said Senior Airman Christopher Anderson, 20th Maintenance Group maintenance management analyst. "It's committing to meet with a child continually to develop a relationship."

The mentor program takes place during the normal school year, matching volunteers to students throughout the district in the hopes of creating positive, long-term, relationships between the mentee and mentor.
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Air Force officials announce FY15 force structure changes

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March 11, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Air Force officials released force structure changes today resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President's Budget announced March 4.

To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years.

"The FY15PB request favors a smaller and more capable force - putting a premium on rapidly deployable, self-sustaining platforms that can defeat more technologically advanced adversaries," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at a fiscal 15 budget preview on Feb. 24.
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Out with the old, in with the new

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March 11, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Forest City Residential Management turned over the keys to 18 new homes here, March 5.

The 18 homes were designated for senior NCOs who were residing in Shaw's older "legacy" homes.

"The old homes were built in the 1970s," said Naomi Hendricks, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Office housing program manager. "It was about time we were able to get the residents a new place to live."

Construction on housing designated for junior enlisted members is nearing completion and residents are scheduled to start moving in beginning April 1.
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Taking care of number one

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March 11, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

"Being physically fit and healthy is a daily decision," said Penny Hardin, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion flight program coordinator. "Living healthy is not something that can be turned on like auto-pilot; it is something that has to be consciously thought about every day."

The 20th AMDS Health and Wellness Center provides classes, programs, and tools to help individuals stay healthy.

To help with wellness, the HAWC provides stress management classes, a tobacco cessation program, and a relaxation room with massage chair.
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Shaw celebrates Women’s History Month

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March 10, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Ninth Air Force commander reads to students

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


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Ninth Air Force Annual Award winners

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

Two Team Shaw members won annual awards at the Ninth Air Force level here, March 3.

U.S Air Force Senior Airman Tewa McKay, 20th Operations Group airfield management operations shift lead, and Lew Barron, 20th Mission Support Group computer assistant flight administrator, received awards from Ninth Air Force for the Airman of the Year and Civilian of the Year categories.

Team Shaw would like to congratulate them both as well as all the nominees and thank them for their dedication and hard work.
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Emphasizing knowledge during breakfast

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


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Shaw security forces maintain tactical readiness

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A&FRC unveils accreditation

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

On Feb. 26, the 20th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center unveiled their achieved national accreditation and plaque.

They are the first center in Air Combat Command with no deficiencies, through the New York-based Council on Accreditation.

The COA is an international, independent, non-profit, child-and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. Originally known as an accrediting body for family and children's agencies, the COA currently accredits 50 different service areas and over 125 types of programs.
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Youth programs promote development

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

"The Youth Program is an awesome place for youth to discover and explore new opportunities," said Deborah MacQueen, 20th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs chief.

The Youth Center is one organization providing special events during April, which is The Month of the Military Child.

"The Month of the Military Child is designed to recognize children and youth who are part of a military family and the contributions and sacrifices they make," said MacQueen. "Military life is challenging and Youth Programs wants to personally thank military families with activities that are appropriate for the family."
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SecAF visits Shaw AFB and Sumter, SC during ACC tour

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March 1, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James met with Ninth Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and 20th Fighter Wing Airmen Feb. 27 and 28 on the second stop of a three-base Air Combat Command immersion tour.

James visited Ninth Air Force headquarters where Maj. Gen. Jake Polumbo, Ninth Air Force commander, provided an in-depth look of the numbered air force mission. The secretary also visited Langley AFB, Va. and Moody AFB, Ga. during her ACC immersion. All three combat air force bases are under Polumbo's command.
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20th MDG fine tunes patient care

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

The 20th Medical Group was recently competitively selected as one of only three out of 74 Air Force military treatment facilities to receive specialized training on the patient centered medical home model in order to fine tune the quality of care provided.

A PCMH team from Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas, led by Maj. Ernest Perez, 383rd Training Squadron Patient Center Medical Home Operations program course director, delivered the training to 20th MDG personnel here, Feb. 25 -28.
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