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Community Partners

Shaw Air Force Base is a proud community partner to Sumter, South Carolina and its surrounding communities.  Conveniently located approximately 40 miles east of the state capital Columbia, Shaw AFB and Sumter are centrally located between the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The year-round moderate climate makes outdoor actives such as golf, tennis, hiking, biking, fishing and visiting the nationally-renowned Swan Lake Iris Gardens, which is home to the eight species of swans as well as beautiful collection of Japanese Iris, a must.


The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Shaw AFB, the United States Air Force, or the Department of Defense of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.  For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Services/Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Air Force does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of the website.”



South Carolina

The official site of the state of South Carolina featuring citizen and business services, online forms, education information, and travel resources. 

South Carolina's Amber Alert
When South Carolina's Amber Alert System is activated, the child's photo and personal data will appear here. 

South Carolina Department of Emergency Management
Provides preparedness, response and recovery information related to state disasters and severe weather. 

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Offers news, address change, driver license renewal, plate purchase, vehicle renewal, and citizen and commercial services.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Hunting and fishing licenses, boat registration and titling, and wildlife information. 

South Carolina Department of Public Safety
Law enforcement information and services. 

South Carolina State Office of Veterans' Affairs
Information about benefits, cemeteries, care centers and veterans' education. 

Sumter Economic Development Board                                                        The mission of the Sumter Development Board is to be the galvanizing force of Sumter County's economic development effort by creating wealth for all citizens of Sumter County by increasing per capita income and supporting the creation of well-paying jobs. 

Additional Resources:

City of Sumter

Sumter County

Sumter Chamber of Commerce


Family Support

20th Force Support Squadron
Learn about all of the Shaw recreation facilities.

Air Force Aid Society
The Society promotes the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their families.

Air Force Portal
The AF Portal allows you to quickly find authoritative, relevant data and information, applications and collaboration tools to help you do your job and live your life in the USAF.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, the "nation's premier emergency response organization," provides domestic disaster relief, community services, support to military members and families, and more...

Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Provides merchandise and services to active duty, National Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and their families at competitively low prices. 

Better Business Bureau - Air Force 
The BBB is dedicated to fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and contributing to an ethical business environment. 

Defense Commissary Agency
Get the latest DECA news, view store specials, download coupons and review food safety information. 

Military OneSource
This Web site includes locators for education, child care, and elder care, online articles, referrals to military and community resources, financial calculators, live online workshops called Webinars, and "Email a consultant."



Local Schools


Sumter School District

School Liaison:
Dennisse Jones (d


Facebook: 20th FSS School Liaison           

Helpful links:


South Carolina Department of Education

South Carolina School Report Card, information on student achievement and much more...

Recreation and Tourism

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
The official tourism site of South Carolina.

Sumter Community Concert Band

Wateree Recreation Area

Offering 16 cabins, 22 recreational vehicle sites, tent camping ands seasonal lake swimming, Wateree recreation Area is designed for the recreational enjoyment of military members, their families, retirees and all other authorized DoD customers.

Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT)


Air Force Association
An independent, non-profit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. 

Air Force Sergeants Association
AFSA is a federally chartered, non-profit organization representing the professional and personal interests of more than 150,000 active duty and retired enlisted members.

American Association of Retired Persons
A non-profit, non-partisan membership organization for people age 50 and over. 

Military Officers Association of America
An independent, non-profit, politically non-partisan organization with active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers as members. 

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the earned pay, retirement and health care benefits of federal employees, retirees and their survivors.

National Military Families Association
The National Military Family Association, Inc. is dedicated to serving the families and survivors of the seven uniformed services through education, information, and advocacy.

Noncommissioned Officers Association
NCOA was established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers in all branches of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves. 

The Retired Enlisted Association
Source of legislative and health care information for active duty and retired enlisted personnel. 

United Service Organization
The USO is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide moral, welfare and recreation-type services to men and women in uniform. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
This non-profit organization is a source for legislative, community service and health care information of interest to veterans.