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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

Fitness and Health Center undergoes renovation

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

Renovations in the 20th Force Support Squadron Fitness and Health Center began here, July 14.

The original "Fitness and Sports" building has been here since 1968 and requires rennovation.

"The building is outdated and does not meet the needs of today's Air Force fitness and sports programs," said Charles Glover, 20th Force Support Squadron fitness and sports director.

Due to outdated and damaged areas, the basketball and racquetball courts, parent and child room, aerobics room, staff offices, bathrooms, and fitness assessment testing area will be updated.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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September 9, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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20th CES Airmen lay it down

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September 8, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Airmen play for softball championship

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September 8, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The intramural softball season ended as the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department battled it out with the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in the championship game here, Sept. 2, 2014.

After several innings, the 20th CES Fire Department defeated the 20th AMXS with a final score of 5-4.

"Our team played very well," said Senior Airman Whitney Dodson, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter. "Our philosophy was to have everyone on the team play and have fun."
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Flag football season kicks-off

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

The 2014 intramural flag football season "kicked-off" here, Sept. 3.

The league consists of nine teams competing for the Shaw AFB flag football championship, which is scheduled to take place in the middle of October.

The intramural sports program is an Air Force-wide program governed by Air Force Instruction 34-266, which gives service members the opportunity to interact and engage with supervisors and other personnel on base.

"While you're at work you tend to forget that your supervisors are humans too," said Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 20th Contracting Squadron contracting administrator. "So it's awesome to be able to come out here, have fun, and truly bond with them."
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20th FW Shaw Chapel hosts meet and greet

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

The 20th Fighter Wing Shaw Chapel hosted a parent meet and greet here, Sept. 3.

Family Advocacy and the Airman and Family Readiness Center assisted the Chapel by hosting an event for Team Shaw's parents to come out and get to know each other.

"This event allowed our military families to come together for a strong family-structured event that also gave some great information that can be used by our Team Shaw Families," said Staff Sgt. Jamyal Lett, 20th FW chaplain assistant.
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RED HORSE Airmen repave road

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

The 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers assigned to Hurlburt Field, Florida, have been repairing roads here since March.

The roads being repaved needed expansion to comply with South Carolina Department of Transportation requirements.

During their remaining two weeks here, the squadron is repaving the roads inside the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight compound.

"Right now we're milling the roads," said Tech. Sgt. Marc Taylor, 823rd RED HORSE pavements and equipment supervisor. "We need to expand the roads by four feet, but in order to do that right we need to mill the existing road first."
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Serving 39 years

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

Family, friends and fellow Airmen gathered at the Carolina Skies Club and Conference Center to celebrate the career and retirement of Bruce Pauly, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron passenger travel chief, here, Sept 3.

Pauly began serving in the Air Force in 1970, retiring as a master sergeant after 24 years. He then worked as a Department of Defense employee for 15 years.

"I enjoyed my time in the military," said Pauly. "I pursued my education getting my bachelor's after retiring at Shaw the first time. Then I got the opportunity to work at Shaw again, so decided to come back but this time as a civilian."
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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

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

All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities.

While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone's 24/7, 365-day responsibility to be a true Wingman. That means knowing our fellow Airmen, family members, coworkers and what is happening in their lives, as well as being willing and able to support them when they are facing challenges that test their resilience.

The Air Force has undertaken several initiatives to improve resilience for individuals and our communities. These efforts can be found under the umbrella of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (CAF) which focuses on maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle across physical, mental, social and spiritual domains. Individuals practicing comprehensive fitness
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North end of perimeter road to close temporarily

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

The North end of Perimeter Road, between approximately the engine hush house and weapons storage area will be blocked off by 20th Security Forces Squadron members, Sept. 5, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. due to herbicide spraying.

A helicopter will be spraying to the north end clear zone wetlands on base. Personnel who regularly enter the north gate should adjust their route of travel and prepare for possible delays.

For more information please contact the 20th Fighter Wing Command Post.
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New programs help Airmen tighten belt, fight obesity

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September 2, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

In 2010, 75 percent of Americans from 17 to 24-years-old were unfit for military duty due to obesity, according to Dr. Curtis Gilroy, U.S. Department of Defense director of accessions policy.

"Health care to Health", a federally funded initiative implemented on select bases in the Department of Defense, has been brought to Shaw to start two new programs which assist in keeping the Air Force family healthy.

The 5210 Healthy Military Children program which was adopted from Pennsylvania State University, began here in August. The Group Lifestyle Balance class, a program adopted from the University of Pittsburg, will begin Oct. 1.
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Sumter PD trains at Shaw

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September 2, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Team Shaw NCO’s pursue 1st Shirt duties

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

Team Shaw NCO's gathered at the community activity center for the Shaw First Sergeant Additional Duty Seminar, Aug. 25-27.

The seminar was for technical and master sergeants interested in becoming a first sergeant or who are currently assigned first sergeant tasks as an additional duty.

While at the seminar, the 55 attendees learned duties associated with the job and received advice from current first sergeants on base, who shared first-hand accounts of what the job entails and the base helping agencies they work hand-and-hand with.
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Operation Get a Job provides opportunities

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

The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted Shaw's quarterly job fair at the Community Activity Center here, Aug. 28.

Approximately 100 members of Team Shaw and 20 employers from the local area attended the job fair, seeking career opportunities. Employers were from a variety of local businesses from the community.

"With the drawbacks happening, spouses needing jobs, and members retiring, there's a higher need for jobs so we've created Operation Get a Job," said Erica Brown, 20th Force Support Squadron A&FRC community readiness specialist. "Instead of having one job fair a year we're going to have one each quarter. We are giving members of Shaw the opportunity to network with local employers and is open to anyone with a military ID."
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Racking the gym

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


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