Press Releases

  • Shaw Air Force Base to conduct active threat exercise

    The 20th Fighter Wing and local Sumter community police, fire, and ambulatory services are scheduled to conduct an active threat exercise here March 16, 2018. The exercise will take place at the 20th Medical Group clinic. Base patrons can expect increased traffic, emergency vehicles, and unusual

  • Shaw Reaper squadron to activate, appoint first commander

    The 50th Attack Squadron will activate and host an assumption of command during a ceremony here, Feb. 27, 2018, at 10 a.m. Col. Joseph Campo, commander of the 432nd Operations Group at Creech Air Force Base, will preside over the ceremony in which Lt. Col. David John will assume command of the

  • 20th MXG to host annual load crew competition

    The 20th Maintenance Group will host the 20th Fighter Wing’s annual Load Crew of the Year competition here Feb. 23, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. The competition will pit “Crew 55-06” of the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit against “Crew 79-05” of the 79th AMU, both three-man teams, against each other to

  • Annual Restoration Advisory Board meeting held

    The 20th Fighter Wing held its annual Restoration Advisory Board meeting Feb. 6, at the New Beginning Banquet Facility, Sumter, South Carolina. The purpose of the RAB is to promote community awareness and obtain constructive community review, comment and input on both current and proposed

  • Shaw F-16 demonstration team to fly over Super Bowl LII

    The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team based here will perform a flyover in Minneapolis, Minn during Super Bowl LII featuring the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. The demonstration team is capable of performing precision aerial maneuvers to

  • Army command Soldiers to fire ceremonial cannons on base

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Central command are scheduled to fire multiple ceremonial cannon rounds Feb. 1 to 2, 2018 here. The Soldiers will fire three rounds between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Feb. 1, and 11 rounds between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Feb. 2. The firings are part of a general officer

  • Fallen 495th Fighter Group Airman identified

    Staff Sgt. Zachary Townsend, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the 495th Fighter Group was found deceased in his off-base residence Jan. 15, 2018 near Columbia, South Carolina. Townsend served in the Air Force nine-and-a-half years, since July 15, 2008. “We are brokenhearted to have lost a valued

  • 20th FW commander to honor POW with ceremony

    Col. Daniel Lasica, 20th Fighter Wing commander, will host a POW medal presentation and flyover for retired Col. Charles Heckel at Memorial Lake here, Jan. 19 at 12:00 p.m. In August of 1944, Heckel was assigned to the 9th Tactical Air Force’s 474th Fighter Group. This was a close support tactical

  • 495th Fighter Group Airman found deceased

    An Airman assigned to the 495th Fighter Group was found deceased in his off-base residence Jan. 15, 2018 near Columbia, South Carolina. “We are brokenhearted to have lost a valued member of our team, said Col. Michael Dean, 495th FG commander. The 495th FG considers itself a family and this loss

  • Shaw approved for new MQ-9 Reaper Group

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson approved Shaw Air Force Base as the location for a new MQ-9 Reaper Group, including mission control elements, following the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. The base was selected as the preferred location last year. The full