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The history of the 20th Fighter Wing traces itself back to 1927 with the authorization of the 20th Balloon Group. From these humble beginnings, the 20th Pursuit Group was formed in 1930. After World War II the redesignated 20th Fighter Group was inactivated in October 1945. Nine months later the Group was reactivated. In 1947 the 20th Fighter Group was assigned to the newly activated 20th Fighter Wing and in 1955 the group was absorbed by the wing. For more information click here.
The 20th Fighter Wing hosts and supports more than 20 major mission partners and tenant units across North and South Carolina. Many of these organizations are listed below.
The 28th Operational Weather Squadron provides highly accurate, timely, and relevant weather information directly to Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coalition warfighters in the United States Central Command area of responsibility. As the USCENTCOM and International Security Assistance Force designated Joint Meteorology and Oceanographic Forecast Unit, the 28th OWS produces and disseminates joint operations area forecasts for the AOR, as well as terminal aerodrome forecasts for 19 forward bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, click here.
The 337th Recruiting Squadron, commanded by Lt. Col. Kelly D. McElveny, directs and operates the recruiting activities of seven enlisted accession flights with approximately 85 active-duty and 10 civilian personnel. The 337th RCS covers a 57,000 square-mile area that includes North and South Carolina. Its mission is to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen to deliver airpower for America.
The 20th Fighter Wing supports more than 20 units geographically separated from Shaw Air Force Base. For more information on these units and the services available to the Airmen assigned to them click here.
The F-16C Fighting Falcon is a single-seat, multi-mission fighter with the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to air-to-air role. With its lightweight airframe and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16C can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.
Read the F-16's full fact sheet here.