Shaw AFB is one of the Air Force’s most modern bases and the only base in South Carolina with dual, parallel runways. Located in Sumter, the base’s strategic proximity to North Africa and Europe ensures rapid deployment. Shaw’s squadrons consistently are the first deployed in Middle East conflicts.
The US Air Force’s largest F-16 combat wing, the 20th Fighter Wing, comprised of 79 jets, resides at Shaw AFB. It is also home to the Ninth Air Force and two defense headquarters: the US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) and US Army Central Command (ARCENT).