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    On Aug. 7, 1941, with construction underway, Sumter Army Air Field became Shaw Army Air Field. It was an unusual move, as the War Department typically adopted the name of the nearest town for the hundreds of military installations springing up all over the United States as World War II approached.

  • 20th Fighter Wing Fact Sheet

    The 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., provides combat ready airpower and Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere. The wing is capable of meeting all operational requirements worldwide, maintains a state of combat readiness and operates as the host unit at Shaw by providing

  • 20th Maintenance Group

    20th Component Maintenance SquadronThe 20th Component Maintenance Squadron supports a combat-ready wing of approximately 79 F-16C Fighting Falcons and equipment. It maintains jet engines; accessory; and avionics components and systems; and a test, measurement and diagnostic equipment laboratory in

  • 20th Medical Group

    The 20th Medical Group provides ambulatory medical and dental services to the 20th Fighter Wing, Headquarters 9th Air Force (U.S. Air Force Central) and associate units. It is an outpatient clinic with 24-hour ambulance transport service. Direct outpatient care is provided for pediatrics to

  • 20th Mission Support Group

    Shaw Air Force Base is a self-contained town, administered and maintained by the 20th Fighter Wing through the Mission Support Group. In addition to supporting more than 5,400 military and civilian employees and 11,000 family members, the 20th MSG is also responsible for thousands of acres of land,

  • 20th Operations Group

    The 20th Operations Group employs approximately 79 F-16C fighter aircraft in conventional and anti-radiation suppression of enemy air defenses, strategic attack, counter air, air interdiction, joint maritime operations and combat search-and-rescue missions. The 20th OG has personnel assigned to the

  • 20th Operations Support Squadron

    The 20th Operations Support Squadron traces its lineage back to Jan. 25, 1943, as the 20th Airdrome Squadron. Airdrome meant airfield. The 20th AS was assigned to the 2nd Air Force for a brief time before being disbanded in April 1944. During that year, however, the squadron had several homes,

  • 55th Fighter Squadron

    The 55th Fighter Squadron's roots trace back to Aug. 9, 1917. Originally organized as the 55th Aero Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, by November the squadron was deployed to Issoudun, France. The squadron was demobilized on March 16, 1919, following the war. The squadron was reactivated in November

  • 77th Fighter Squadron

    The squadron was organized Feb. 20 1918, as the 77th Aero Squadron at Waco Field, Texas. The squadron was demobilized in November 1918, but was reactivated and consolidated with the 77th Observation Squadron in October 1927. In 1929, the squadron was redesignated the 77th Pursuit Squadron and

  • 79th Fighter Squadron

    The 79th Fighter Squadron traces its history back to February 1918, when it was first organized as the 79th Aero Squadron. The unit inactivated from November 1918 until April 1933, when it became the 79th Pursuit Squadron, flying the Boeing P-12 at Barksdale Field, La. From 1940 to 1942, the