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  • AFOSI launches new tip line

    Many Airmen are hesitant to report criminal activities to Air Force Office of Special Investigations and I understand why. In order to provide our Airmen an easy, anonymous and effective method to report criminal, terrorism, and insider threat information, OSI has opened its first "Anonymous Tip Line" operating via the internet, SMS (texting), and
  • CDC recommendations for control of West Nile Virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1,993 cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infections have been reported in humans in 2012. This is the highest number of WNV cases seen in the United States since 1999. The majority of these cases have been from Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan. Currently, Sumter County,
  • 20th MDG enrollees benefit from TRICARE on-line

    Are you an active-duty or retired service member or family member who is eligible for medical care provided by the Department of Defense? Are you enrolled in the 20th Medical Group system and have an assigned Primary Care Manager? If you said yes to both of these questions, you have the ability to take advantage of the many benefits available with
  • Political activities by military members

    With election season in full swing, it seems that political candidates and issues are everywhere. While the First Amendment's free speech rights are the law of the land, military members must abide by certain restrictions when participating in political activities. Due to the fact that our boss, the commander in chief, is elected every four years,
  • The Enlisted Perspective: Analog leadership in digital times

    The United States Air Force is the world's most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you -- our outstanding Airmen -- but technology also plays a huge role. Advanced tools help us maintain an advantage over our adversaries. Technology has enabled our continuing success.However, technology also threatens to
  • NCO Retraining Program

    The fiscal year 2013 NCO retraining program was released on July 30, 2012. This program has effected more than 1300 Air Force personnel; more than 100 of which are from Shaw. The personnel on the Master Vulnerability List are Staff Sgts. through Master Sgts., from various Air Force Specialty Codes and have time in service and grade that vary
  • 2012 PECR deer season announced

    The natural resource managers at Shaw AFB and Poinsett Electronic Combat Range use many tools to manage the diverse resources on the base and range. One popular tool and an important quality of life initiative for base personnel is the deer hunting program. This program helps maintain wildlife population at proper levels to meet management goals as
  • TRICARE and college-bound dependents

    If you have a college-bound child or dependent, you may be wondering if they are eligible to keep their TRICARE health benefits once they leave home. In general, children are allowed to keep their benefits through age 21. Coverage can be extended to age 23 if they remain unmarried, enrolled full-time at an approved institution, and receive over 50
  • Labor Day safety message

    This Labor Day, as we celebrate the traditional "end of summer", be sure to include safety in all of your activities. When driving, wear your seat belt; limit your cell phone use to hands free mode only, and never text and drive. If operating a motorcycle, be vigilant and wear all of your personal protective equipment. When boating, always wear
  • Shaw Mental Health Flight, we are here to help

    The Mental Health Flight at Shaw AFB offers a variety of outpatient services for eligible beneficiaries on a priority basis. In the Mental Health Clinic, we currently are only able to see active duty members for emergency assessments, evaluations, individual therapy and other types of support. At different times of the year, group therapy is