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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

823rd RED HORSE prepare for road construction

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March 20, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla., transferred heavy machinery here, March 17-18 in preparation for reconstruction of Patrol Road.

Over the course of two days, 18 Airmen unloaded equipment that was brought to base by several semi-trucks.

"We brought the equipment here to enable the start of the project," said Staff Sgt. Antoine Davis, 823rd RED HORSE pavement and equipment operator. "By having us come out and do the construction it saves the Air Force money by not having to contract the project out to a company."
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Air Force continues force management programs

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March 20, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Air Force leaders announced a resumption of all force management programs March 15 following a recently discussed strategic pause.

"After providing senior leadership a chance to evaluate the programs and assess our early progress, we are ready to resume immediate processing of voluntary applications in most categories and begin notifying Airmen of their status," said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. "We expect to receive final approval authorities early next week for a select few categories, like rated and health professions, at which point we will be actively processing all voluntary applications."
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Open Enrollment program concludes March 21

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March 18, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The Open Enrollment program, concluding March 21, is offered so parents can apply to send their children to any school within the Sumter County School District that is outside of their attendance zone.

There are 26 schools in Sumter County School District that are participating in the program. The program is offered for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

"The application process started Feb. 10, and runs until Friday, March 21," said John Kennedy, 20th Force Support Squadron school liaison officer. "The application will either have to be postmarked or returned to the district by March 21."
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CBRN training tests Airmen’s skills

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March 18, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Twenty-four Airmen participated in chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear training here, March 18.

The Airmen participated in the class in order to prepare for upcoming deployments.

Airman 1st Class Cynthia Romero, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management apprentice, instructed the Airmen on the proper use of mission oriented protective posture gear, post-attack reconnaissance sweep procedures, and the different alarms used for certain situations.
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Red Flag 14-2 night operations

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March 18, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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20th MDSS maintainers heal X-ray machine

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March 17, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Airmen learn about special duties

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March 17, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine


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Dorm residents receive new mailboxes

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March 17, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Shaw AFB dormitory residents will soon have to go to the U.S. Post Office on base to receive mail instead of conveniently receiving mail in their dormitory mailboxes.

The mailboxes will be accessible 24/7, while packages will continue to be available for pickup at the Chief Master Sgt. Emerson Williams Dining Facility mailroom.

"It centralizes the delivery process for the USPS," said Master Sgt. Keith Hicks, 20th Communications Squadron knowledge operations functional manager and base official mail manager. "New P.O. boxes have been installed and we will continually work to make the transition as smooth as possible."
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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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