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Shaw Air Force Base Guide


Military In-Processing | Civilian In-Processing | Location | Employment on Shaw
Climate | Lodging | Uniforms | Driving On Base | Firearms
Shaw AFB Housing Flight | Utilities

The Southeastern portion of the united States is noted for its mild year-round climate, and South Carolina is one of those rare states that has the Atlantic Ocean to the east and mountains to the west. Shaw is located near the middle of the state, providing easy access to a number of unique historical and recreational areas.
Historic Charleston, S.C., is less than 100 miles from Shaw’s front gate, while Savannah, Ga., equally famous for its colorful history, is only 2 1/2 hours due south
Atlanta is four hours by car and North Carolina’s “Queen City,” Charlotte, is just two hours away. The state’s most popular recreational area, Myrtle Beach and the “Grand Strand,” with more than 100 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches and glamourous beachfront hotels, provides a great idea for a weekend getaway.
Because of its ideal location and beautiful year-round climate, you’ll find

the state of South Carolina offers something foreveryone. Freshwater lakes abound and the bass fishing is some of the finest in theSoutheast. There are also hundreds of exceptional golf courses throughout the state, challenging even the most accomplished golfer.

Once again, welcome to Shaw and South Carolina. We’re sure you’ll truly enjoy your assignment here.

Military In-Processing
Newcomers arriving at Shaw on a duty day between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. should check in with the Military Personnel Flight Right Start/in-processing monitor in building 1118 or call DSN 965-1598 or commercial (803) 895-1598. If you arrive after normal duty hours, or on a weekend or holiday, check in at the lodging office, 464 Myers St. The phone number is
(803) 895-3803.
In-processing with your new unit must be accomplished before taking permissive leave for house hunting. The MPF Right Start/in-processing monitor will schedule newcomers for mandatory briefings, including base orientation, legal, Military Equal Opportunity and financial management. These briefings must be accomplished within 10 days of arriving at Shaw.
Members must turn in medical records to the TRICARE office, located in building 1054, and dental records must be taken to the hospital patient administration section. Members must also go to the post office, building 907, 417 Lowry Ave., as soon as possible. Single members living in the dormitory will get a post office box. Everyone else’s mail possible. Single members living in the dormitory
will get a post office box. Everyone else’s mail will be delivered to general delivery until a forwarding address is received.
Uniforms are required for in-processing. The following items should be brought to the orientation: a pen, all copies of your orders and amendments, finance records, military transportation request if returning from overseas, receipt for hotels, ground transportation, etc. And if you were not paid mileage, government traffic records.
All members should call the Traffic Management Flight at (803) 895-8613 to arrange for delivery of household goods. Failing to call in a timely manner will result in household goods being put into storage.

Civilian In-Processing
Newly assigned Department of Defense employees should report to the Civilian Personnel Flight, building 1118, 504 Shaw Dr., room 2107, (803) 895-1395.
Civil service employees relocating with an active-duty military spouse may be eligible to register in the military spouse Priority Placement Program. A completed resume or
OF-612, Optional Application For Federal Employment, copyof permanent change of station orders and SF-50s, Notification of Personnel Action, showing appointment and leave without pay status, and a copy of the latest performance appraisal are required. Call (803) 895-1398 for additional information on military spouse preference in the Priority Placement Program.

Shaw is located about 35 miles east of Columbia, the state capital. The base community consists of more than 5,400
active-duty military members, 11,000 family members and more than 600 civilian employees.
The base is centrally located. A two-hour drive to the north is Charlotte, N.C., to the east is Myrtle Beach and to the south is Charleston, S.C. So, if you’re looking for the entertainment and excitement of a big city, a quiet walk along the beach or a taste of small town Southern hospitality, Shaw is the place
to be. Shaw’s main gate is located 10 miles west of Sumter, S.C., on U.S. Highway 76/378.
The second oldest road in the state, U.S. 261, crosses Sumter County in its picturesque northwest sector, where sand hills crest to an elevation of 372 feet. The road still carries traffic from Pinewood by Poinsett Park to Stateburg and Hagood, but it is now dwarfed by giant interstates that flank the area. Sumter is in the heart of a triangle formed by I-95, I-20, and I-26. U.S. Highways 76, 378, 15, 401 and 521 serve local and through traffic to all points of the compass.
Employment on Shaw
Shaw is serviced by the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB, Texas, and does not accept resumes directly. Anyone interested in employment at Shaw, including summer employment for people 16 and older, may access the Air Force Employment
Internet site at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afjobs for more information. Resumes are maintained in an electronic database for one year, and may be renewed.

The climate in the Shaw area is relatively mild and humid. The Appalachian Mountains, about 175 miles to the northwest, frequently hinder the approach of unseasonably cold weather in the winter, but have little effect on the summer heat.
Spring is the most changeable season of the year. Temperatures vary from an occasional cold snap in March to warm and pleasant in May. Average temperatures range from 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While hail and tornadoes are infrequent, they are more likely to occur in the spring.
Long summers are prevalent, with the warm weather usually lasting from May
into September. The average midsummer temperature ranges from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is the rainiest season of the year, with frequent mid-afternoon and early evening thunderstorm activity.
Fall is the most pleasant season of the year, with rainfall at a minimum and sunshine at a relative maximum. Average daily temperatures range from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Winters are generally mild, with the cold weather lasting from late November until mid-March. Average temperatures range from 37 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall does occur, but more than three days of sustained snow cover is rare.

The Carolina Pines Inn services Shaw’s hotel needs. This award-winning operation puts the guests’ comfort first. The Carolina Pines Inn provides temporary housing for members on temporary duty assignment and permanent change of state orders, for families visiting hospital patients and, depending on space availability, for visitors of active-duty members.
There are no unaccompanied-officer quarters available to accommodate permanent party officers.
The inn has 40 units in its temporary lodging facility to house PCS families. Units consist of a full kitchen with adjoining living room, full bath and separate bedroom. Reservations may be made for members on orders by calling the lodging office at (803) 895-3803, fax (803) 895-3805 or by writing to
20th Services Squadron/SVM, 464 Myers St., Shaw AFB, S.C. 29152. The lodging office is located on Myers Street across from the Conference Center.
Because of the climate in South Carolina, military members are authorized to wear any basic uniform (long- or short-sleeve blue shirts, summer- or winter-weight
battle dress uniforms) year round. However, there are base instructions about the wear of inclement weather items such as woolen hats. Check with unit supervisors for details.
Driving on Base
The speed limit on Shaw is 30 mph unless otherwise posted. Members of the 20th Security Forces Squadron strictly enforce all speed limits and rules of the road.
The use of seat belt restraints is mandatory for all motor vehicle operators and passengers. Children six years of age and under need to be in an approved child safety seat. Base curfew hours for people 17 years of age or younger is 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Motorcycle operators and passengers on base are required to wear helmets, gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy footwear (leather boots or over-the ankle shoes are strongly encouraged). Additionally, riders must complete a rider safety course scheduled through the 20th Fighter Wing Safety Office. While operating your motor vehicle on base, music should be kept to a reasonable volume For emergency service, call 911 or (803) 895-3669.
Motor Vehicle Registrations and Drivers' Permits
1. Registration: A valid automobile registration issued by the member’s home state is recognized by South Carolina with certain limitations. A service member who is not a resident of South Carolina generally will not be required to pay personal property tax on any vehicle located within this state. If a nonresident desires to register a vehicle in South Carolina, the individual must prove their nonresident status by presenting a copy of their leave and earnings statement to the Sumter county Auditor’s office. For more information, call (803) 436-2136.
2 Driver’s license: South Carolina law allows nonresidents who have valid driver’s license from the home state to drive in South Carolina with this license as long as they maintain permanent residence in their home state.
3 Overseas registration and driver’s license: If a service member comes from overseas and has registration and driver’s license from this source, South Carolina will allow the member reasonable time to obtain either South Carolina registration and driver’s license or the same from the home state. The service member should take care of the matter as soon as possible after reporting to Shaw.
4 Safety Responsibility Act: South Carolina requires vehicle owners or operators to have liability insurance prior to registering a vehicle.
5 Base registration: Privately owned vehicles do not require on-base registration. However, if you want to get a Department of Defense sticker for your vehicle, you will need:
  • Current state registration certificate.
  • Current state driver’s licenses
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Government ID card.

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Military members intending to arrive at Shaw with a vehicle not titled or registered in their name need to obtain, in writing and signed by the registered vehicle owner, a notarized document giving them registration/operational rights a Shaw. Including all pertinent information on the subject vehicle.
NOTE: Department of Defense Form 2220 decals may be retained on vehicles previously registered at another military installation; however registration requirements are the same as above. Vehicle registration must be accomplished within 72 hours of arrival at Shaw. Changes in registration data must be reported to the security forces Pass and Registration section immediately, including change of ownership, vehicle color, and change in state registration license plates. Registration is canceled upon expiration of any of the prerequisites outlined by regulations.
Travel and Your Money
During your time en route to Shaw, normal pay and allowances continue to accrue. When you report for your initial in-processing in the Support Center, be sure to take your trip itinerary, a copy of all transportation documents, receipts and copies of your travel orders with you so finance officials can help you complete your travel vouchers.
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Firearms on Base
If bringing firearms with you, within 72 hours after arriving at Shaw people moving into base housing must register firearms at the 20th FSS armory if you plan to store the firearms in your quarters; Airmen who will
be living in the dorms must store firearms at the SFS armory.
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Shaw AFB Housing Flight

Located in the heart of South Carolina, Shaw AFB and Sumter County are a short drive from Interstates 20, 26, 77, and 95, making travel to Charlotte, Charleston, or Atlanta convenient.  Drive 90 minutes to the east and you’ll be at Myrtle Beach located on the Atlantic Coast.  The historic Charleston area is only 90 minutes to the south of Sumter, and Columbia, the State Capitol, is only an hour away.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) website link: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html

Accompanied Miltary Family Housing
If you plan to live in on-base housing,  please take a copy of your PCS orders to the housing office at your current base of assignment and request to submit an Advanced Aplication, Air Force Form DD1746, for Shaw AFB housing.  The Housing personnel at your current location will  FAX a copy of your application form to our office to place you on our waiting list!

DD1746 website link:

The average waiting period for on-base housing varies depending on your rank and the number of your dependents. You should plan for at least a 30-60 day wait for housing. We recommend you contact the Carolina Pines Inn at (803) 895-3803  (DSN:  965-3803) to make temporary  lodging arrangements for you and your family members.

Carolina Pines Inn: http://dodlodging.net/vt_shaw.htm

Shaw’s on base housing is currently government-owned.  Housing Privatization is slated to begin in March 2011. 
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Features of Shaw's Military Family Housing
  • Carport, 1 space (additional parking available on street)
  • Central Heat and Air (All systems upgraded in 2009)
  • Equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher
  • Carbon Monoxide, Smoke Detector
  • Utility Shed built into carport
  • Electric Washer and Dryer Hookup
  • Cable and Phone Ready
  • Playgrounds throughout Housing Area
  • Family Housing Dog Park
  • Fenced Yards or DIY Project (we supply materials)
  • New roofing installed in 2009
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Privatization in Progress for Shaw AFB

National Schedule for “Southern Groups” Housing Privatization

  • Includes Shaw AFB, Charleston AFB, Keesler AFB, Arnold AFB

Projected Dates for Privatization

  • Transition Activities: January to March 2010
  • Closing (Project Awarded): March 2011
  • Begin Construction: May 2012
  • Completed Construction: March 2016

Shaw AFB Scope

  • Original Units: 1,702
  • Air Force Demolition: 1,021
  • Convey to Privatization Project Owner: 681 Units
  • To be Demolished under Privatization: 681 Units
  • New Construction un Privatization: 630 Units

Possible Mix of on-and off-base land

  • 78 acres on base
  • Remaining off base

How is privatized housing different from Military Family Housing (MFH)?

Privatized housing looks more like community housing than on-base military family housing. Even so, privatized housing retains the sense of military community you find in a traditional military family housing area.

  • These are not government-owned homes—a Project Owner controls the property, provides housing construction, leasing, management, and maintenance services
  • You sign a rental agreement (lease) and pay rent by allotment; you also pay for your own utilities after new construction is completed
  • As with other housing choices, the government housing office is there to assist you with housing referral, community information, and complaint mediation.

What amenities are available under privatization?

Since each location is unique, amenities and features of each community will vary. Typical features may include:

  • Modern floor plans; pre-wired for phone, cable, and internet
  • Covered patios and fenced yards
  • Garages with door openers
  • Modern appliances and large laundry rooms
  • Community clubhouses and pools
  • Parks, playgrounds, jogging/walking trails
  • Complete Lawn care service

In privatized housing, you will pay rent.

Rent is generally paid as it is in the local community, with some unique benefits:

  • You pay your rent by allotment on the first of the month and your first month’s rent is pro-rated if you move in after the first of the month
  • For the first several years of the project, your rent will be set equal to your BAH received and will include all utilities at no cost
  • After new construction is completed, you will continue to receive the same BAH for your rank, however, the monthly rent for your housing unit will be reduced so that you keep a portion of your BAH as a utility allowance (see below)
  • Your housing unit rent will always include water, trash and sewage services
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In privatized housing, you will eventually pay for gas and electric utility consumptions.

  • After new housing construction is completed, the monthly rent for your housing unit will be reduced so that you keep a portion of your BAH as a utility allowance
  • Your housing unit will be individually metered for electric and gas to provide an accurate accounting of utility consumption for your household
  • The utility allowance will be based on 110% of the average cost of gas and electric utilities for the type of unit you occupy
  • You will be responsible to pay for your household’s electric and gas utility consumption each month
  • Any leftover portion of your BAH is yours to keep, but if your bills exceed your utility allowance, you will be responsible for the difference
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Unaccompanied Dormitories

 All rooms adjoined with a bathroom include:

  • Bed with mattress
  • Computer/TV unit
  • Dresser - 3 or 4 drawer
  • 2 Nightstands with 2 drawers
  • A chair
  • A lamp (floor or desk)
  • Window drapes or Blinds
  • Vacuum
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Rooms adjoined with a kitchen also include:

  • Stove
  • Table with two chairs
All rooms are cable ready. It is the members option to open an account for cable/internet
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Off-Base Referrals

Looking to rent or buy?

Visit the Automated Housing Referral Network at www.AHRN.com to search for local off-base housing! Sponsored by the DoD, AHRN.com listings include available community rentals, shared rentals, temporary lodging and military for sale by owner (FSBO) listings. In AHRN.com, you will find a variety of housing options to choose from.  Listings include property descriptions, pictures, maps, links to local schools, and contact information.

If you would like to rent your home, sell your home for sale by owner, or are looking for another service member as a roommate in your current home, you may post an ad free of charge on the site.

 Looking to sell your home?

The Department of Defense (DOD) is proud to offer the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) at hap.usace.army.mil to eligible service members and federal civilian, including non-appropriated fund, employees. The program is authorized by law, and administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assist eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement.

For eligible applicants, the Homeowners Assistance Program may:

  • Reimburse you for part of your loss from selling your home.
  • Assist you, if you don’t have funds from the sale of your home to pay-off your mortgage.
  • Purchase your home by paying off the mortgage.
  • Help, if you default on your mortgage.
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Accompanied Housing Contact Information

Shaw Housing Flight
20 CES/CEACH Bldg 2299
369 Rhodes Ave
Shaw AFB, SC, 29152

 COMM: (803) 895-2424
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423

Jamie Evans
Housing Secretary
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 221
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423
Shelby Vernon
Housing Management Specialist
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 234
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423
Brian King
Housing Management Specialist
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 232
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423
Jimmy Dingle
Housing Management Specialist
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 236
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423
Terry Johns
Off-Base Referral Specialist
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 230
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423
Cindy Tickel
Housing Inspector
COMM: (803) 895-2424 Ext: 235
DSN: 965-2422
FAX:  (803) 895-2423

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Unaccompanied Dorms Contact Information

Shaw Dormitories
310 Fordyce St
Shaw AFB, SC, 29152

COMM: (803) 895-2097  
DSN: 965-5627/5628
FAX DSN: 965-5629

SSgt Williams
Dorms Manager
COMM: (803) 895-5627
DSN: 965-5627
FAX:  (803) 895-5629
SSgt Robinson
Dorms Manager
COMM: (803) 895-5628
DSN: 965-5628
FAX:  (803) 895-5629
SSgt Zellars
Dorms Manager
COMM: (803) 895-5628
DSN: 965-5628
FAX:  (803) 895-5629

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Progress Energy
(800) 452-2777 • www.cpl.com
Active-duty personnel may receive help with credit deposit; simply mention your active-duty status.
Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
1121 N. Pike Road, Sumter, S.C. 29150
(803) 469-8060
Deposit is normally waived for homeowners. Based on credit check, deposit may be waived or reduced with a good-credit letter from past utility company or a letter from the first sergeant.
Sumter is served by an unlimited supply of ground water pumped from deep wells into four water treatment plants. In addition to producing safe drinking water, the treatment plants add fluoride to help fight tooth decay.
Farmers Telephone Cooperative
150 S. Pike Blvd, or 631 N Pike West
Sumter, S.C. 29150
(803) 469-2525/(888) 218-5050
A $15 refundable membership fee is required. Credit deposits may be waived with a letter from the first sergeant. May also apply for new service at office on Highway 441 near Lost Creek Plaza.

South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, Peoples Natural Gas Company, Supertane Gas Company and the Suburban Propane Gas Company serve the area.
There are two financial institutions on Shaw Air Force Base: SAFE Federal Credit Union and Wachovia Bank. Finance officials recommend people remain with their bank or credit union at their losing base until after they arrive here, since military pay is sent via direct deposit.
Customer Service
Located in the Support Center, Military Personnel Flight customer service provides advice to the sponsor-active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, retired - and their family members. Personnel will help with DoD identification cards, Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System, casualty assistance, military personnel records review, citizenship/naturalization questions and survivor benefits. Customer service can be contacted by calling (803) 895-1596.

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