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The Shaw Air Force Base Honorary Commanders Program provides an opportunity for commanders and senior leaders to build strong, positive and lasting relationships with local community leaders. The program allows us to explore mutual areas of interest and help increase the public understanding of military missions, assets and people.

The Honorary Commanders feature community members and leaders from a number of locations around the Greater Sumter Community.  Additionally, participants represent a wide range of experience from government to private business owners and professionals.  These Honorary Commanders will serve for two years.

If you would like to be considered or would like to nominate someone please contact the 20th Fighter Wing Community Engagement Office at (803) 895-2007/2008 or 20fwpublicaffairs@us.af.mil.

Class of 2020-2022

  • Deron McCormick City of Sumter
  • Christopher "Curtis" Hutto Thompson Construction
  • Ashley Schwedler F45 Training of Sumter
  • Charles Bostic, Jr. Bostic Insurance Agency
  • Derek Burress Community Broadcasters
  • Dr. Frank Martin Thomas Sumter Academy
  • Dr. Rodney Alan McLeod Health
  • Dr. Spencer Wagner General Dentist
  • Drake McCormick Synovus
  • Eric Reisenauer USC Sumter
  • Erik Hayes City of Sumter
  • Ginny Kirk Thompson and Turner Construction
  • Herman Wescott Remax Summit
  • James McCain Chairman Sumter County Council
  • Jennifer Michaels SAFE
  • Ken Reese Sixaxis
  • Mark Mossell First Citizens Bank
  • Marshall French City of Sumter
  • Mary Blanding Sumter County
  • Maureen Dunton Sumter Chamber
  • Monica Wilson Prisma Health
  • Nancy Bishop Central Carolina Technical College
  • Paul Robbins First Citizens Bank
  • The Honorable Lee Tindal Summary Court Judge
  • Tim Sturdivant Freedom Auto Group
  • Tracy Harrington Continental Tire
  • Vince Johnson The Sumter Item

CLASS OF 2018-2020

  • Vivian Fleming-McGhaney Sumter County School Board
  • Alfred Mae Drakeford Mayor, City of Camden
  • John Hoffman Sumter Family YMCA
  • Lynn Lambert Palmetto Health Toumey
  • Kyle Kelly Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Government
  • Jeffrey Graham Graham Realty
  • John Michalik Lakewood School
  • Thomas Gardner Camden Sports Connection
  • Randy Bodie 
  • Carvel Coker FTC
  • Shelley Kile City of Sumter
  • Abram Ludd Coldwell Banker