Airmen receive Quilts of Valor

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Portia Wyatt, 20th Security Force Squadron first sergeant, is embraced by Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) members during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Portia Wyatt, 20th Security Force Squadron first sergeant, is embraced by Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) members during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Wyatt received the quilt for her actions while deployed and overcoming difficult events while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Henderson, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, assistant superintendent, shares a laugh with Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) members during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Henderson, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, assistant superintendent, shares a laugh with Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) members during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Henderson received recognition for his service while deployed overseas and his efforts in preserving the history of the 55th Fighter Squadron while stationed at Shaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) are greeted by 20th Fighter Wing (FW) leadership during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

Members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) are greeted by 20th Fighter Wing (FW) leadership during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Approximately 25 QOVF members visited the installation to present five 20th FW Airmen with quilts for their efforts on base and while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Heather Gulsby, 20th Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) superintendent, video calls Airman 1st Class Daniel Caraglio, 20th MDOS mental health technician, to show him his quilt during a Quilt of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Heather Gulsby, 20th Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) superintendent, video calls Airman 1st Class Daniel Caraglio, 20th MDOS mental health technician, to show him his quilt during a Quilt of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Caraglio’s leadership recommended him for his selfless service to the base community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Boslet, 20th Operations Group superintendent, displays the quilt for Capt. Salvador Cruz, 20th Fighter Wing F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot, during a Quilts of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Boslet, 20th Operations Group superintendent, displays the quilt for Capt. Salvador Cruz, 20th Fighter Wing F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot, during a Quilts of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Cruz received recognition for his professionalism while overseas as well as his participation in various training temporary duty assignments across the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Brian Jackson, 20th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) military pay technician, is recognized during a Quilts of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017.

Brian Jackson, 20th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) military pay technician, is recognized during a Quilts of Valor Foundation event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Jackson received recognition for more than 20 years of service in the Air Force as well as his role in the 20th CPTS finance office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Five 20th Fighter Wing Airmen received handmade quilts from approximately 25 Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteers, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9.

During the event, 20th FW leadership accompanied QOVF members to recognize Airmen across the base for their service to the country.

Since its establishment in 2003, the QOVF has provided more than 150,000 quilts for service members affected by war and who show exemplary performance in the workplace.

According to www.qovf.org, the mission of the foundation is to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Libby Singletary, QOVF member, said witnessing her veteran son deploy to places where he physically and mentally struggled was difficult for her.

“Anything that we can do to show our appreciation to our service members is important,” said Singletary. “My heart is with the service member.”

According to Singletary, the quilts take approximately 5 months to complete.

One quilt recipient from the base said they felt comforted once the quilts were draped over their shoulders.

“It’s been a completely humbling experience,” said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Henderson, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, “Shooters” assistant superintendent. “The support is overwhelming, and what the QOVF does makes a huge difference for everybody. It means the world to us as active-duty members.”

QOVF events are scheduled to occur annually in order to showcase the dedication and achievements of the Airmen assigned to Shaw AFB.