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Photo of Airman painting

U.S. Airman 1st Class Anna Parks, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guardsman, paints trim for a new house while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

Photo of Airman painting

U.S. Senior Airman Clay Farley, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guardsman, cuts trim to fit a room while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

Photo of Airmen painting

U.S. Airman 1st Class Anna Parks, left, and Senior Airman Christopher Herrell, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guardsmen, paint trim while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

Photo of airmen putting a door together

U.S. Senior Airman Clay Farley, left, and Airman 1st Class Darren Wear, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guardsmen, attach a door to its hinges while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

Photo of airmen standing for a group photo

Airmen assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard stand for a group photo in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan. 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

Photo of Airman putting together a door

U.S. Airman 1st Class Darren Wear, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guardsman attaches a door to its hinges while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Sumter, South Carolina, Jan 13, 2021. Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families in the community by installing floors and doors, painting and molding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destani K. Matheny)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Airmen from the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard chose to not only serve their country, but also their community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Airmen assisted in the completion of two houses for low-income families by installing floors, doors, painting and molding.

“When I think of honor guard, I think of family,” said Tech. Sgt. Adam Bowen, 20th FSS honor guard noncommissioned officer in charge. “I think of a way to give back and show that we care. We’re here to support funerals, but at the end of the day, we’re here as honor guardsmen to show the community that we’re involved. We’re not just here to do military honors, we’re here to take care of everybody.”

Bowen said the honor guard unit plans to do community outreach at least once a month.

“I feel like giving back is vital,” said Airman 1st Class Anna Parks, 20th FSS honor guardsmen. “Giving back is part of the reason I joined honor guard, and while having the opportunity to go to funerals is important, doing things like this is nice to break up our schedule a bit.”

With no previous experience necessary, Airmen gained experience with all aspects of construction.

“The impact our Airmen have when they involve themselves in the local community is more important than people think,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Campbell, 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard NCOIC. “With the past year being a hard year on a lot of families, our Airmen can really step up to the plate and show the support that those struggling families might need. Whether it be cleaning up a local highway or volunteering at a local food drive, I encourage everyone to help out the local community whenever they can.”