About Shaw AFB, SC
Shaw Air Force Base is located 36 miles east of Columbia in South Carolina. The base was originally named Shaw Field, and built in 1941 as a response to World War I. It's named after 1st Lieutenant Ervin David Shaw, a World War I pilot who was one of the first to fly combat missions during the war.
The United States Air Force Air Combat Command has jurisdiction over Shaw Air Force Base. Garrisoned at the base is the 20th Fighter Wing, which specializes in providing suppression of enemy air defenses. The 20th Fighter Wing is the Air Force's largest F-16 combat wing. Shaw also serves as the headquarters for the Ninth Air Force.
5,437 active duty military personnel are stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, as well as nearly 11,000 family members and 600 civilians. Shaw is one of only two Air Force bases with an active railroad line.