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Shaw Air Force Base is operating under early release with COVID precautions in place.


Due to heavy rains and flooding, all 20 FW non-mission essential personnel are released effective 1500, 17 September 2020. Normal shift work will resume tomorrow, 18 September 2020.

Please do not leave for home until 1500, giving time for the flooding on the roads to subside.  Our emergency responders are securing at least 4 separate vehicle accidents and ask that we all minimize travel until 1500.

Heavy rain is in the forecast throughout the evening.  If you have facility flooding and/or damage, please call CE at 803-895-9655 or DSN 965-9655.

20th Fighter Wing civilian personnel are authorized administrative leave starting at 1500, with the exception of those civilians already on leave or teleworking. 

Additionally, the 1500 Air Force birthday celebration has been postponed until further notice.


(Current as of Week of September 17, 2020)




Several areas on Shaw AFB have the potential for flooding during heavy rainfall. Pedestrians and motorists are reminded to use caution when traveling through areas of standing water on roadways.

Areas of potential flooding:
- The inbound lane of Shaw Drive at the roundabout at Friendship Chapel
- The area between the library and main fitness center, flooding out into Shaw Drive and covering the street to the dorm resident parking lot.
- The north end of the flightline on Sweeney Road.

If flooding on base occurs, roads may be closed with yellow barriers. Please be aware of alternate routes.

Local Flood Conditions
Refer to National Weather Service River Forecast Center for current information on river conditions and possible areas of flooding

Facilities/Services Update

Facility/Service   Status Additional Information
Sumter School District Open  
Main Gate Open Open 24/7
441 Gate Open  
Sumter Gate Open  
Child Development Center Open  
Family Child Care Open  
Youth Center Open  
Base Exchange Open  
Commissary Open  
Medical Group Open  
Legal Office Open  
Finance Open  

Airman & Family Readiness Center

Carolina Lakes Golf Course Open  
Shaw Lanes Bowling Center Open  
Skeet & Trap Range Open  
Woodland Pool Open  
Wateree Recreation Area Open  
Dining Facility Open  
Fitness Center Open  
Fitness Center Annex Open  
Military Personnel Customer Service Open  
Outdoor Recreation Open  
Shoppette Open  

Food Services: Rickenbackers, Carolina Skies Club, Afterburner Grill, Tee Top Cafe, Weasel Wagon

Spratt Education Center Open  
Information, Tickets and Travel office Open  
Arts & Crafts Center Open  
McElveen Library Open  
operating under normal conditions with COVID precautions


Hurricane Conditions

HURCON 5: Destructive winds are possible within 96 hours.

HURCON 4: Destructive winds are possible within 72 hours.

HURCON 3: Destructive winds are possible within 48 hours.

HURCON 2: Destructive winds are possible within 24 hours.

HURCON 1: Destructive winds are possible within 12 hours.

HURCON 1C: Caution: Winds of 40-57 mph/ 35-49 kts sustained are occurring.

HURCON 1E: Emergency: Winds of 58 mph/ 50 kts sustained and/ or gusts of 69 mph/ 60 kts or greater are occurring.

HURCON 1R: Recovery: Destructive winds have subsided and are no longer forecast to occur; survey and work crews are permitted to determine the extent of the damage and to establish safe zones around hazards (e.g. downed power lines, unstable structures.) Non-essential personnel are asked to remain indoors.

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