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  • Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base heading to Middle East next week

    10/03/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | By Lara Saavedra
    A Squadron from Shaw Air Force base will be deployed next week to the Middle East, Lt. Keavy Rake with Shaw Air Force Base said Friday. Rake said Shaw will be sending F-16's to "join the airstrike fight" in the Middle East. Rake could not confirm what day the team would be leaving or how many personnel would be going. Shaw is the home to three F-16 squadrons: the 55th Fighter Squadron, 77th Fighter Squadron and the 79th Fighter Squadron.
  • Show of force: Hundreds of fighter jets paraded in South Korea as US displays its military might

    03/14/2012 9:00:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 March 2012 | Lyle Brennan
    Show of force: Hundreds of fighter jets paraded in South Korea as US displays its military might Kim Jong-un, take note. After the North Korean leader made his first visit to the tense demilitarised border and Pyongyang agreed to freeze its nuclear weapons programme, United States and Republic of Korea aircraft joined forces in this huge display of F-16 Fighting Falcons. As these pictures from Kunsan Air Base show, hundreds of the jet fighters stretched as far as the eye could see. Formidable: Row after row of F-16 Fighting Falcons fills the airstrip in a show of force at Kunsan...
  • 25 illegal aliens caught at Air Force Base, as they reported for work

    07/17/2010 12:22:07 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 46 replies ^ | July 17, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained 25 illegal aliens who attempted to enter Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. All of the were carrying fake identification and worked for a contractor doing work on the base. According to ICE, two of the illegal aliens were being held in the Charleston County Jail, as they were wanted on other charges. The other 23 were released pending deportation hearings. The foreign nationals were working for Palacio Drywall of Cornelius. The company is being used as a subcontractor for Caddel Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama.
  • More than 200 airmen return from Afghanistan

    01/23/2010 8:42:06 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 310+ views
    The Item ^ | January 23, 2010 | ROBERT BAKER
    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE -- Less than five minutes before Airman 1st Class Eric Rigsby, 24, stepped off a plane that brought him from Afghanistan to his the Air Force base in Sumter, his wife could barely talk about his return. "I'm so glad," Jill Rigsby said, choking up. "It's been a long time." The couple's first deployment sent Eric Rigsby and more than 200 other airmen from Shaw's 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in early October 2009, where they became part of the 79th Air Expeditionary Force deployment. Troop Commander Maj. Langdon Root said...
  • Shaw-based squadron returns from Afghanistan

    01/22/2010 4:27:24 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 265+ views
    The Item ^ | January 22, 2010
    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE (AP) – Members of the 79th Fighter Squadron are heading home to South Carolina from their first-ever deployment to Afghanistan. Shaw Air Force Base spokeswoman 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson says members of the unit were scheduled to return sometime late Friday. Hundreds of airmen and about a dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons headed to Afghanistan in October in support of NATO efforts there. The group included members of the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on the four-month long deployment. Squadron commander Lt. Col. Ken Ekman said at the time that the squadron would fly missions supporting ground combat...
  • Alert mission protects U.S. airspace

    12/07/2009 3:20:15 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 261+ views ^ | Dec. 4, 2009 | by 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson
    Shaw Airmen supporting the alert mission, from maintainers to pilots, standby 'round the clock in case they are needed. The alert mission at Shaw is part of Operation Noble Eagle, which provides quick-reaction support to protect U.S. airspace and significant events like presidential movements and space shuttle launches. "We have to be ready if the alarm goes off at 2:30 in the morning," said Master Sgt. William Martin, alert NCO-in-charge. "I want everything to be ingrained in them (the Airmen) so they can get the mission done." Recently, the alert Airmen were tested by exercise Fertile Keynote. The exercise was...
  • Ex-Shaw jet at Darlington getting extreme make-over

    10/30/2009 4:40:15 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 777+ views
    Shaw AFB News ^ | 10/29/2009 | Senior Airman David Minor
    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Boy Scout Frankie Slemmer may have bitten off a big chunk as he started to restore a Shaw veteran Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. Due to lack of materials, labor and plans he hasn't embarked on the restoration part for his Eagle Scout project. Still, Slemmer hopes to give the 1954-vintage, two-seat trainer a make-over, and to earn the title of Eagle Scout. Notable Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout are Medal of Honor Recipient Leo K. Thorsness, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and former President Gerald Ford, Jr. Slemmer became interested in planes when he joined the...
  • Shaw, McEntire considered to house F-35

    10/29/2009 4:09:30 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 486+ views
    The Item ^ | October 29, 2009 | ANNABELLE ROBERTSON
    Shaw Air Force Base is on a short list of military installations being considered to house the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, officials announced Thursday. The list, approved by the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force, identifies 11 Air Force bases and Air National Guard stations as "candidate bases." McEntire Joint National Guard Base also made the cut from the original group of more than 200 installations. "Outstanding!" said Col. Joe Guastella, commander of Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing, in a news release. "We are delighted and proud that Air Force and civilian leadership have recognized the...
  • Shaw unit fighting small war

    10/24/2009 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Saije · 6 replies · 317+ views
    The State ^ | 10/24/2009 | Chuck Crumbo
    For years, the F-16 Fighting Falcons at Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base have trained to search out and destroy enemy missile and anti-aircraft artillery sites. "That's the big war," as Lt. Col. Ken Ekman, a Shaw squadron commander, put it recently. Now, Ekman and his S.C.-based unit - the 79th Fighter Squadron - are here, fighting a small war where they may be called on to fly close-air support for a donkey train carrying election ballots to a mountain village. ***Instead of hunting down enemy missile sites, the pilots use the multi-million-dollar electronic gear aboard their planes to find bombs...
  • Missing F-16 Pilot’s Crash Debris Found in Ocean

    10/16/2009 6:51:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1,314+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2009 – Coast Guard searchers today found crash debris believed to belong to a missing Air Force pilot’s F-16 jet that collided yesterday with another F-16 near the South Carolina coast during a night-training exercise, an Air Force spokesman said today. “The Coast Guard has found some debris in the ocean that is apparently from our missing F-16,” Robert Sexton, chief of public affairs at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., said during a telephone interview with American Forces Press Service. Shaw Air Force Base is the home of the 20th Fighter Wing, to which the...
  • F-16s crash over Atlantic, one missing [update: pilot believed to be dead - post 76]

    10/15/2009 8:44:37 PM PDT · by gura · 97 replies · 6,076+ views
    WIS-TV ^ | 10/15/2009 | WIS-TV
    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SC (WIS) - Two Air Force F-16 jets based out of Shaw Air Force Base collided off the coast of South Carolina Thursday night, and one of them is missing. Air Force officials said the fighters were assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing collided in mid-air over the Atlantic Ocean about 8:30pm on Thursday near Myrtle Beach. The aircraft were participating in night training maneuvers, officials said. The aircraft carried one person each. One F-16 was able to land safely at Charleston AFB, and the pilot is being examined by Air Force medical personnel. The location...
  • Shaw wins Meritorious Unit Award

    07/23/2009 9:44:35 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 252+ views
    20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ^ | 7/23/2009 | Tech. Sgt. Vincent A. Mouzon
    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Shaw's host unit, the 20th Fighter Wing, and the 609th Air Communications Squadron have earned Meritorious Unit Awards, the Commander of Air Combat Command, General John Corley, recently announced this week. "The 20 Fighter Wing's direct support of our Nation's effort in the CENTCOM region coupled with the recent performance during the 2009 ACC Phase II ORI is what made this award possible," exclaimed Col. Joseph Guastella, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing. "I'm extremely proud of the hard work our Airmen and Civilians have done over the last two years to earn this!"...
  • Air Force shows off new weapon

    05/15/2009 7:37:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies · 1,529+ views
    The Item ^ | May 15, 2009 | ANNABELLE ROBERTSON
    Crew chiefs 'coined' for their artistic endeavor SHAW AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force has a new weapon. For marketing and recruiting, that is. As part of Shaw Air Force Base's Viper East F-16 Demonstration Team, Senior Airman Anthony J. Modugno and Staff Sgt. James A. Griggs, both crew chiefs, spent two weeks of their personal time transforming an F-16 travel pod into a work of art. The pod, which went from the standard dull gray to a shiny black with yellow and gold flames, will function as an advertisement for the Air Force, along with the F-16 Viper...
  • Shaw airmen honored for bravery

    04/17/2009 9:57:04 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies · 515+ views
    The Item ^ | April 17, 2009 | ANNABELLE ROBERTSON
    Pair helps save shooting victim's life in Myrtle Beach Most people run away from gunshots — as fast as they can. Two airmen from Shaw Air Force Base ran toward them. Now, thanks to their bravery, a shooting victim is alive and well. When shots rang out in the early hours of Sunday, March 8, at Myrtle Beach's popular nightclub, Club Kryptonite, at 2926 Hollywood Drive, partygoers began exiting the building. Airman 1st Class Ryan Scott, 19, and Airman Vinh Pham, 22, were waiting for a taxi in the club's parking lot. They made their way through the crowds. After...
  • Pilots, jets return to SC base from Iraq

    01/31/2009 6:40:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Shaw Air Force Base is welcoming home members of a fighter squadron after a four-month deployment in Iraq. Air Force officials say nine pilots and their F-16CJ fighter jets returned home on Thursday. The pilots and aircraft were stationed at a base in central Iraq. The Air Force says the remaining 300 members of the 55th Fighter Squadron and the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are expected to return to Shaw on Saturday. One of the primary missions of F-16 pilots is to lure the enemy into firing surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery so the jets can hone in on them...
  • F-35 to arrive at Shaw in 2017

    01/29/2009 7:29:27 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Item ^ | January 29, 2009 | EMMA RATLIFF
    During the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce’s annual retreat this year attendees were given an in depth briefing by both Lt. Gen. Gary L. North of the U.S. Air Force and Charlie Savage, regional manager of Lockheed Martin, on the latest happenings at Shaw Air Force base and more specifically, the latest arrival date and progress update of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to Shaw. During the third day of the retreat held in Myrtle Beach, North, commander with the 9th Air Force, updated local business leaders on the status of the F-35 fighter, also known as AF-1,...
  • US F-16 destroyed in ground fire

    11/12/2008 6:30:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 707+ views ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | by Joint Base Balad Public Affairs
    A USAF F-16 assigned to the 332nd AEW, based at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, caught fire after the pilot aborted the takeoff, at about 5.40h. Baghdad time. The fire was contained adjacent to the runway, and the pilot, who ground egressed the aircraft, was taken to the Air Force Theater Hospital on base for evaluation. The pilot had no apparent injuries. The aircraft was destroyed in the fire. A safety board will be convened to investigate the incident. Courtesy of Joint Base Balad Public Affairs
  • Tuskegee Airmen remember a fallen wingman

    11/09/2008 1:44:04 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 217+ views
    AFPN ^ | 10/29/2008 | Staff Sgt. Don Branum
    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- The memorial service held Oct. 27 at Town Hall here started with a roll call. A senior NCO with the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron called out names of Airmen in the Phase Inspection Section, and each Airman stood and answered "present." All but one. "Sergeant Hause," the master sergeant called, but no one answered. "Staff Sergeant Hause." Again, silence. "Staff Sergeant Brian Hause." Town Hall remained quiet, for Staff Sgt. Brian Hause was no longer among his wingmen. Hause, an assistant NCOIC in the 332nd EMXS Phase Dock, died Oct. 23 from non-combat related medical...
  • Shaw airmen move out (77th Fighter Squadron deploys to Southwest Asia)

    05/25/2008 2:46:11 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 147+ views
    The Item ^ | May 23, 2008 | KELLY DWIGHT
    Anticipating his first deployment, Airman 1st Class Teko Robinson was more excited to implement his training than nervous about what might happen. Robinson, crew chief for the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, was one of more than 200 airmen from the squadron who deployed Thursday in an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Southwest Asia. "We know that they are all trained and have worked very hard to be ready for this deployment," said 2nd Lt. Noelle Caldwell, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief. "They are ready to carry on the mission the Air Force has for them."...
  • S. Carolina F-16s lead joint exercise at Kunsan

    03/27/2008 2:25:35 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March, 28, 2008 | Ashley Rowland
    SEOUL — An F-16 squadron from South Carolina led a combined large-force exercise at Kunsan Air Base earlier this month, the first time a squadron stationed outside South Korea has completed the task with American and South Korean jets. Twenty F-16s, including two South Korean jets, flew in the 1˝ hour nighttime mission in early March. Ten of the American jets were from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and eight were from Kunsan. More than 300 airmen from Shaw arrived at Kunsan in January as part of an Air and Space Expeditionary Force deployment, which typically lasts four months. “It...
  • Freep this Wed in Columbia, SC

    09/30/2006 7:34:05 AM PDT · by flib · 3 replies · 854+ views
    This Wed. Oct. 4th in Columbia, SC interested parties are invited to join a freep at the state capitol building. Every Wed two pinko groups hold what they call a "silent vigil" against the war in Iraq. I have included links to the sites for these groups. Sickening.....isn't it? For over a year I have been counter protesting in support of our troops AND their mission. Fort Jackson, the largest initial entry training center for the Army is in Columbia with Shaw Air Force Base in nearby Sumter. I cannot tolerate servicemen or family members driving or walking...
  • ACC releases details on Shaw F-16 crash

    08/03/2006 7:06:12 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 43 replies · 1,330+ views ^ | July 25, 2006 | Mike Kopack
    July 25, 2006 (by Mike Kopack) - An F-16CJ pilot ejected from his aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean Apr. 5, 2006 after experiencing a Gravity-Induced Loss of Consciousness and awaking to find his aircraft in an unrecoverable dive, according to an Air Combat Command report released two weeks ago. The pilot suffered serious injuries during the high-speed ejection, which took place while the aircraft was traveling in excess of 750 miles per hour. The aircraft (#93-542), assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C., crashed into the ocean approximately 80 miles northeast of Charleston, S.C., and was destroyed. The...

    06/28/2006 5:38:20 PM PDT · by flib · 24 replies · 1,264+ views
    June 29 | flib
    Every Wednesday evening in Columbia, SC a group of "peace activists" (traiterous cowards) protest US involvement in Iraq. They hold up signs that denegrate the efforts of our troops. Calling it a "war for oil" and demanding that we "end the occupation" ( They obviously never looked up the definition of that word.) They do this near the foot of the capital steps 5-6 pm. Columbia is home of Fort Jackson which is one of the largest initial entry training posts in the army. It is also located near Sumter -home of Shaw Air Force Base. As a military wife,...
  • Report: Thousands of local workers are 'underemployed,' 'overqualified'

    06/25/2006 4:56:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 422+ views
    The Item ^ | June 25, 2006 | JOE PERRY
    For about 40 hours each week, 68,000 people in this area have something in common — a job. They come in many shapes and sizes, and a lot of them aren't much fun. But most people, especially those with bills to pay, agree that having a bad job is a far sight better than not having one at all. Just ask the roughly 6,300 people in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties who are considered officially unemployed. The reasons vary, but plant closures, downsizing, outsourcing and off-shoring have had very real consequences locally. The past few years have seen several plants...
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon covers multiple missions

    03/17/2006 3:56:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1,001+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Joel Mease
    3/17/2006 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFPN) -- Hundreds of physical and mental training hours go into being a part of one of the most advanced careers in the world -- an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot. The F-16’s multiple missions, such as air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, make it one of the most versatile aircraft in the Air Force, said Capt. Charlie Wolfsandle, 55th Fighter Squadron assistant training officer. To be selected to fly the F-16, an individual has to pass a battery of physical and mental tests. Pilots are selected for training when they receive a commission and are...
  • Bridgeport airman killed rescuing boy in S.C. fire

    02/15/2006 5:03:03 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 495+ views
    The Connecticut Post ^ | 02/15/2006 | ANTHONY SPINELLI
    A Bridgeport man who planned on making a lifetime career in the Air Force died Tuesday morning in a South Carolina house fire while trying to rescue a young boy. Senior Airman Guillermo Nazario, 22, returned just two weeks ago from an overseas tour, when he spent some time in Iraq with his munitions troop, according to his family. Nazario was based at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., but lived in a private house in Sumter with his girlfriend and her son. He was divorced and had no children of his own, the family said. A fire broke...