About 250 airmen at Shaw Air Force base in Sumter are preparing for deployment later this month. 2nd Lt. Emily Chilson with 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at Shaw AFB said, ” All of the airmen who will be deployed are processing through our Chandler Deployment Processing Center here on base. They’ll be getting all their affairs in order getting ready to deploy.” Chilson said they are making sure all their legal affairs are in order and all their medical records are up to date. “And of course they’re making sure their equipment is ready to go.”
The 2nd Lieutenant says that all the airmen and all the leadership are “dedicated to making sure that these guys have everything they need to deploy –that they’re ready to get the mission done over there and do it safely.” Chilson added that the leadership is also working to be sure that their families are taken care of back here at home.
This will be the fourth time one of Shaw’s three F-16 squadrons has deployed to Iraq since 2003. They will be in Iraq for four months. The unit is scheduled to deploy again in the spring.
Shaw’s 79th Fighter Squadron is in Afghanistan and is scheduled to return later this month.