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  • Low and slow: 79 FS trains with Civil Air Patrol

    Six thousand feet in the air, the world seems calm.Clouds hang lazily in the sky, sometimes drifting across the glare of the sun, and no other soul is around for miles.Then, a voice speaks from the radio.“Aircraft 15 miles north of Andrews, South Carolina. This is an armed defense fighter - you are

  • 495th Fighter Group change of command

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. David Lyons, left, Fifteenth Air Force commander, passes a guidon to Col. Mark Whisler, 495th Fighter Group incoming commander, during a change of command at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 3, 2024. Whisler’s acceptance of the guidon from Lyons symbolizes his assumption of

  • Air refueling with the 50th ARS

    A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 50th Air Refueling Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, over the South Carolina coast, June 26, 2024. The F-16 is a multi-role fighter aircraft capable of

  • 20th EMS leads first ever field flare build at Iron Hand 24-03

    As a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston lands at North Auxiliary Airfield, North, May 13, members of the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight from Shaw Air Force Base gear up to face exercise Iron Hand 24-03 for the

  • 20th Fighter Wing All Call

    U.S. Air Force 20th Fighter Wing members gather for an all call at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 31, 2024. All calls allow 20th FW members to gather together and hear the newest Air Force and Team Shaw information directly from their wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariana

  • 20th FW changes command

    U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Hicok assumed command of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base on June 7.Hicok, who previously served as the 20th FW deputy commander, took command from Col. Kristoffer Smith, who will move on to his next assignment as the deputy director of plans, programs and

  • Col. Smith performs final flight as 20th FW commander

    U.S. Air Force Col. Kristoffer Smith, left, and Col. Kevin Hicok, 20th Fighter Wing commander and deputy commander, step toward their aircraft during Smith’s fini flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 28, 2024. Smith has served as the 20th FW commander since May of 2022, leading the operational

  • 79th ‘Tigers’ take on Checkered Flag 24-2, WSEP

    The U.S. Air Force 79th Fighter and Fighter Generation Squadron ‘Tigers’ took part in Checkered Flag 24-2 and the Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) at Tyndall Air Force Base from May 9-22, 2024. These exercises aimed to enhance air combat readiness alongside 5th generation aircraft and

  • Team Shaw sharpens Mission-Ready Airmen at Iron Hand 24-03

    Team Shaw conducted exercise Iron Hand 24-03, deploying 94 members from the 20th Fighter Wing on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, to North Auxiliary Airfield. to participate alongside four F-16C Fighting Falcons, assigned to the