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  • Flu vaccinations now availible

    The seasonal flu vaccine is currently available to all military family members at the 20th Medical Group's immunizations clinic during the following hours: Monday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1
  • How do we hold ourselves accountable?

    Accountability. "Our definition of accountability and how we enforce it may differ somewhat, but the need to establish and maintain standards is core to military service," Col. Ted Uchida, 20th Mission Support Group commander, said recently. "Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, our superiors and our subordinates to establish and maintain
  • Worst-case scenario survival handbook: Shaw edition

    Most people stationed at Shaw probably take the opportunity to leave the local Sumter area for the weekend. Some people may leave to meet friends in larger cities and some leave for vacation. Chances are, if you left Sumter on the weekend of Sept. 18 to 20, you drove through the torrential rains that soaked the South. Particularly in Georgia, the
  • Remember 9/11

    On September 11, 2001, I was at my duty station near the Pentagon when an airliner slammed into the building at 500 miles per hour. In a moment of time, my life, along with millions of others throughout America and the world, changed. The memories of that day that are as vivid and haunting today as the day they occurred. It's still seeing the eyes
  • Don't get run over when you run

    Drivers, runners, joggers, walkers and power-walkers, we need your help. With the cooler weather, more people are taking to the streets of Shaw Air Force Base to work on their fitness. Due to this influx, the number of near misses involving vehicles and people on the roads is increasing. According to Department of Defense Instruction 6055.04,
  • Facts for seasonal, H1N1 flu

    The school year has started. Among the things all our kids are sharing: Germs. Billions of them. They're going to bring some home. And you're going to share those with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.Flu season is approaching rapidly.Every year about 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and 36,000 people die. Influenza is
  • Traumatic stress response services

    Sometimes life events have the potential to trigger symptoms of stress response. You may witness events as part of your job duties, or perhaps due to unexpected circumstances. Since everyone reacts to traumatic events in some way, the Air Force established a requirement for traumatic stress response teams at all active duty Air Force
  • Access to care

    The 20th Medical Group has always strived to provide access to care and appointment availability for the members and the families of Team Shaw. In times past manning has been well enough to satisfy the needs of all. Unfortunately, like many other units, our manning is steadily decreasing. The 20th MDG will be losing three family practice providers.
  • Notify your PCM of new prescription drugs

    Do you see one of our network providers? If so, you may be one of many Active Duty members affected by the recent issue of improper reporting procedures of medical documentation. It is your job as an Active Duty member to be aware of the proper policy, process and procedures that are in place to ensure and maintain your medical records are up to
  • Tempers can flair with summer heat

    South Carolina. Summer means heat. Constant, muggy heat. Summer means kids are out of school, and family life can be a bit more chaotic. Long days + heat + kids hanging around the house bickering and complaining about nothing to do = harder to keep your cool. Don't despair. There are simple things you can do to help keep the peace even in the