By Rod Powers
Shaw Air Force Base is located about 10 miles northwest of downtown Sumter, South Carolina, and within its city limits. Shaw Air Force Base is a self-contained town, administered and maintained by the 20th Fighter Wing through the 20th Mission Support Group.
Shaw Air Force Base ranks as one of the oldest installations in the Air Force. The base is named in honor of World War I pilot 2nd Lieutenant Ervin David Shaw, one of the first Americans to fly combat missions in World War I.
Shaw Air Force Base is home to the Air Force's largest combat F-16 wing -- the 20th Fighter Wing -- whose mission is to provide, project and sustain combat-ready air forces. Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central (USAFCENT), whose primary mission is to project decisive air and space power for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and America. The mission of the 20 FW is to provide, project, and sustain combat-ready air forces. It is the Air Force's largest combat F-16 wing.
Official website of Shaw AFB