Team Shaw safely deploys Tigers
By 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 25, 2019
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen and equipment assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and other supporting units deployed as part of a scheduled rotation to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Continuing to support U.S. Central Command’s global war on terror, sending trained and prepared Airmen demonstrates the Nation’s commitment to stability and security in the region.
“Our presence in the area allows us to sustain deliberate counterterrorism operations, serves as a deterrent to our enemies and shows commitment to our partners,” said Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander. “Through exercises and training sorties, we have ensured we can provide close air support, protect our personnel and resources against enemy air defenses and support any mission requirement that may be tasked.”
The Wing’s persistent emphasis on readiness and welfare has continually strengthened the team’s responsiveness and adaptability to current operations. From the medical group ensuring Airmen are fit-to-fight, to the mission support group palletizing cargo, this deployment displayed the teamwork and integration of the 20th Fighter Wing Airmen.
“We are ready to respond to any threat, in any location, at any time,” said O’Malley. “I am proud of our Wing, our Tigers and their families, who take the mission seriously and continue to make sacrifices in support of our Nation.”