20th Fighter Wing honor guardsmen march holding the U.S. and Air Force flags in downtown Sumter

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 eight species of swans and a beautiful collection of Japanese Iris, a must.


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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

Sumter School District has been designated as a Purple Star School District, a statewide recognition program that celebrates schools and districts that make a significant commitment to welcome and support military families.

School Liaison:

Dennisse Jones (dennisse.jones.2@us.af.mil)

Facebook: 20th FSS School Liaison           

Helpful links:


South Carolina Department of Education

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


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.