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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

‘Sharp edge’ Airmen receive recognition

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June 3, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

The First Sergeants of the Shaw Diamond Council recently established the Diamond Sharp Award to formally recognize joint service members for excellence in the ranks of E-1 through E-6 and their civilian counterparts.

The first sergeants want to show Airmen that we aren't just here for disciplinary action, said Master Sgt. Rhonda Roman, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron first sergeant.

This award is reserved for those who present exemplary hard work and go above and beyond their everyday task and responsibilities, she added.
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Amtgard live action role-play at Shaw

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June 3, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Once a week, Amtgard live action role playing (LARP) is held near the F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon static display at Memorial Park here, for anyone at least 14 years old and interested in participating.

"I've done Amtgard LARPing for a couple years at different locations," said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Arasin Staubly, Air Force Central Command program manager, and point of contact for LARPing. "My role for Amtgard is a knight for service."

Amtgard is a battle gaming and live-action fantasy role playing and boffer combat game focused on the sword and sorcery, medieval, and ancient genres based mainly in the U.S., but can be found in other countries as well.
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Summer sport safety: get in the game

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June 3, 2014 in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina by clevine

Summer is here all across the Northern hemisphere, and Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina is no exception, and with summer comes participation in hot-weather sports.

With the Air Force's 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign in full swing, summer sports safety should be a consideration for all Airmen and their families.

This year's theme is, Risk: Double checks, not second thoughts.

Summer sports safety can be boiled down to three essential points; hydration, stretching and conditioning, and the wear of proper gear.
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America’s Armed Forces Kids Run

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

The 2014 America's Kids Run was held here May 22.

The run took place at the Youth Sports Complex running trail and was guided by Larry Stegall, 20th Force Support Squadron Youth Sports Director, and Wally Frohling, 20th FSS Youth Sports assistant director.

The kids participating in the run were required to run set distances based on their age. The 5 and 6-year-olds ran one-half mile, the 7 and 8-year-olds ran 1 mile, and the 9 to 12-year-olds ran two-miles, with a finish line reward of an America's Kids Run t-shirt and the cheers of proud parents.
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20th FW commander holds all-call

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

Col. Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing commander, held his first all-call here June 2 after assuming command of the 20th FW on May 30.

Jost spoke to Airmen about change and his expectations for the wing.

"I know the Air Force is all about change," said Jost. "But, your purpose has not changed. The 20th FW will continue to provide combat ready airpower and Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere."

He shared with Airmen his four C's on prioritizing how to meet the mission of the 20th FW.
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20th FW welcomes new commander

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

Col. Clay Hall relinquished command of the 20th Fighter Wing to Col. Stephen Jost during a change of command ceremony here, May 30.

Maj. Gen. Jake Polumbo, Ninth Air Force commander, presided over the traditional military ceremony. The exchange of the unit's guidon during a change of command symbolizes transfer of authority between outgoing and incoming commanders.

"This morning I have the great privilege of recognizing two great officers," said Polumbo. "One who has led and one who will lead this fine combat organization known as the 20th Fighter Wing."
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Shaw master sergeant selects announced

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

More than 4,000 technical sergeants have been selected for promotion to master sergeant, Air Force officials announced May 22.

The 4,073 selected represent a 17.96 percent selection rate, with an average selectee overall score of 352.55. Selectees' average time in grade was 4.41 years and time in service was 15.16 years. Average enlisted performance report score was 133.98; average decorations score was 11.66 promotion fitness examination average score was 69.13 and the average skills knowledge test score was 71.49.
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Don’t let animals get beat by summer heat

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

As the summer approaches it is important for pet owners to stay aware of conditions outside to eliminate potential harm to personal animals.

Whether it's heat, bugs, car safety, fertilizers or deadly plants; being aware is the first step for pet owners to protect their furry friends.

HEAT and CAR SAFETY

According to the United States Humane Society, on an 85 degree day the temperature inside a car can reach approximately 102 degrees within 10 minutes even with the windows slightly open.
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Sumter holds Memorial Day ceremony

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

The Sumter County Veteran's Association held a Memorial Day ceremony at Buford Mabry Park, Sumter, South Carolina, just outside of Shaw AFB East gate, May 26.

Team Shaw members along with veterans and their families attended the hour-long ceremony to remember those lost in the line of military duty.

"It is an honor to be here," said Col. William Jones, 20th Fighter Wing vice commander. "It's important to remember and acknowledge the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have gone before us and those that are currently serving today."
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Airmen and soldiers serve the best

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


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20th CES firefighters awarded DOD level honor

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

Two firefighters from the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron received a Department of Defense level award for heroism based on their actions that took place, April 9, 2013.

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Charleston, 20th CES station captain, and Senior Airman Boyd Korb, 20th CES firefighter, were directly responsible for the lifesaving rescue of a downed civilian firefighter in Sumter, South Carolina.

The two won both Air Combat Command and Air Force level awards before going up to the DOD level.
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Shaw conducts annual women’s health fair

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

The 20th Medical Group held its annual Woman's Health Fair here, May 20.

Approximately 123 women attended the fair, which was developed to educate women was developed to educate women about integrated wellbeing in all aspects of
life -- physical, mental, spiritual, and social.

"It is a great event for females in active duty and military wives to see what's offered to them on base and locally," said Airman 1st Class Julie Lee, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician.
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Ammo Airmen build bombs

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


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Shaw prepares for hurricane season

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

From coast to coast, National Hurricane Preparedness Week will be observed May 25 through 31. During this time Team Shaw, to include the 20th Operations Support Squadron, will prepare for the worst, running mock scenarios and learning from the past.

Hurricane season runs from June 1, and continues throughout November.

"What we will do here in preparation is run a hurricane evacuation exercise," said Tech. Sgt. Adam Salter, 20th OSS weather flight NCO in charge. "We get Team Shaw leaders together and go over all of the hurricane condition levels and what they mean. Then we run through a mock hurricane scenario."
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Hill Airmen assist in Shaw mission

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

Airmen from the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will spend the next month at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, removing and installing a bulkhead in one of Shaw's F-16CJ Fighting Falcons.

The Hill Airmen are here because the extent of the repair exceeds what Shaw Airmen are allowed to do by Air Force regulations. The Airmen have received specialized training for repairs like this and have specialized tools to aid them in the job, said Staff Sgt. Paul Beatty, 309th AMXG aircraft structural maintenance technician.
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