Air Force

Shaw Air Force Base

20th Fighter Wing
411 Polifka Dr, Shaw AFB, SC 29152

Shaw Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 8 miles from downtown Sumter, South Carolina and 40 miles from Columbia, South Carolina. It is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC).  It is one of the largest military bases operated by the United States, and is one of only two air bases in CONUS with an active railroad line. Today, Shaw Air Force Base is the home of the 9th Air Force Headquarters and the 20th Fighter Wing and is the largest combat F-16 fighting wing.


Shaw Air Force Base is one of the oldest bases in the United States and the mission of the 20th Fighter Wing’s is to provide combat ready air-power and airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere.

Arriving at Shaw Air Force Base
The closest airport is Columbia Metropolitan Airport located 42 miles from base.


When arriving at Shaw during normal duty hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, report directly to your gaining unit’s commander’s support staff. Arriving during non-duty hours report to the 24-hour base lodging office located at 464 Myers St., (803) 895-3803 and on the next duty day report to your gaining unit. If you do not know where your unit is located report to the Military Personnel Flight, 504 Shaw Dr., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Report to in-processing in uniform.  Bring several copies of your orders and all hand-carried records you received from your previous base. Your records will be reviewed and you will complete your formal in processing and be scheduled for your Right Start appointments.


Your new commander may authorize permissive house hunting once you sign in. If you require further information about signing in or leave, contact your gaining squadron’s commander’s support staff or the Military Personnel Flight.


The following items are required for finance processing. If you took a travel advance, including: dislocation allowance, travel pay and per diem for authorized travel days, make sure you have receipts or pay records. Plane tickets purchased also require a receipt. Government-issued tickets are also required along with five copies of PCS orders. Receipts are required for expenses incurred of more then $25 (i.e. taxi, lodging, tolls, and traveler’s checks). While en route, annotate locations, dates of departure, and arrival times to make filling out vouchers easier.

Base Population
There are 21,870 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Shaw Air Force Base.

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