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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Atwell, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, shakes an AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile loaded onto an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. By shaking the munition, Atwell ensures the munition is properly attached on its rail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves) Load crew competition tests readiness
Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tested their knowledge and readiness during a quarterly load crew competition here, Jan. 13.The 20th AMXS’s 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew proved to their competition that speed isn’t everything when it comes to loading munitions onto an F-16CM Fighting Falcon.Although the 55th AMU team
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A U.S. Army Air Corps mechanic works on a BT-13 Valiant at Shaw Field, S.C., circa 1942. Mechanics were responsible for maintaining the training aircraft, which were instrumental in graduating nearly 8,600 pilots between 1942 and 1945. (Courtesy photo) Looking back on seven decades of difference
Less than six and a half years after Shaw Field was officially activated, it was redesignated as Shaw Air Force Base, Jan. 14, 1948.During those first years, the U.S. Army installation was very different than the Air Force base it is today.The site was officially approved for the construction of a U.S. Army Air Corps basic flying school by the
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Leo Diamond, 20th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy volunteer, speaks to a customer about his medication at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 6, 2017. Diamond checks that the names on the prescription bottles in the customer’s paper bag match his identification before he receives them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) Volunteer shines at Shaw
In a bright room filled with patients, the next customer in line advances. Dividers zig zag through the room, guiding the long line of people toward an individual who outshines the lights above.The gentleman behind the counter, Leo Diamond, 20th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy volunteer, cracks jokes at the Base Exchange pharmacy as he hands
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A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., as another Team Shaw F-16 approaches over the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 21, 2016. Airmen from the 93rd RS spent a week at Shaw for collaborative refueling training, giving Team Shaw F-16 pilots the opportunity to practice refueling procedures under various conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zade Vadnais) Shaw, Fairchild Airmen fuel the fight
A group of F-16CM Fighting Falcons take off from the foggy flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. They soar above the clouds and into the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean, heading east until they can no longer see the land behind them. Despite the meticulous checklists run on aircraft before they take flight, the jets are running low on fuel after being airborne for less than an hour.
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From left, U.S. Air Force 1st. Lt. Gustav Klatt, 18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Capt. Donald Hawkins, 17th TRS, Capt. Robert Kilpatrick, 17th TRS, Capt. Robert Burkhart, 18th TRS, Capt. Robert Sweet, 17th TRS, and Capt. Ray Schrecengost, 18th TRS, circa 1957. These six pilots were chosen for Operation Sun Run, the Air Force’s attempt to set three official speed records flying between Los Angeles, Calif., and New York, N.Y.; once each way and a round trip. (Photo courtesy of 20th Fighter Wing historian) Operation Sun Run: Setting a new high score
On Nov. 27, 1957, six pilots from the 17th and 18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, rocketed into the history books.With their new RF-101C Voodoos, an improved version of the RF-101A reconnaissance airframe, those pilots were set to establish three official speed records: from Los Angeles,
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2016
Friendship Chapel on Shaw Drive at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 29, 2016. The chapel is the oldest building on base, but still actively offers religious services and hosts weddings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) Friendship is forever
On a cold winter night, people stand around a holiday tree in anticipation. A chaplain stands among them, offering his services to those of all faiths and sharing words of wisdom with the crowd. After a countdown, a child flips a switch to turn on the lights, making the tree glow with décor, and the audience cheers.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Thanksgiving: continuing military tradition
Holiday commercials and movies often highlight close-knit families that travel from near and far to gather around a perfectly arranged table, overwhelmed with food on matching china.Such perfect portrayals of holiday meals can incite memories of the scent of turkey in the oven, the taste of mashed potatoes topped with gravy or the feeling of
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2016
The 20th Fighter Wing was stationed at Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England, from 1970 to 1994. Hardened shelters on the installation were used as a defensive measure to protect air assets in the event of an attack. (Courtesy photo from 20th Fighter Wing historian) 30 years past: 20th FW role in Victor Alert
Thirty years ago, the first of November marked the end of the decades-long nuclear stalemate between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Soviet Union.For 28 years, forces on both sides of the Cold War stood vigilant against threats from the opposition.During that time, the 20th Fighter Wing, based in England – first at Royal Air Force
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Standing up for fitness
According to a study done by Research Now, an independent panel research firm, Americans spend an average of 13 hours sitting per day.Added to the roughly eight hours spent sleeping, that adds up to about 21 sedentary, or inactive, hours.Symptoms of this lifestyle can range from less calorie expenditure to higher blood sugar levels and damage to
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Default Air Force Logo Celebrations: legacy, local heritage, partnership
Each year, U.S. Air Force bases around the world prepare for one special event to honor Air Force history.The Air Force Ball is a formal celebration of the Air Force’s “birthday” – Sept. 18, 1947 – when it was formally recognized as a separate service from the Army.“These formal events were a spawn from the U.S. Army Air Corps days with Gen. Hap
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