Shaw AFB evacuates aircraft, non-mission-essential airmen in preparation for hurricane

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The evacuation follows Gov. Henry McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency.

Shaw AFB remains at Hurricane Condition 3 (HURCON 3), which indicates that winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 48 hours. Shaw AFB now operates under mission-essential reporting duty status due to impending weather. Only mission-essential personnel should report to Shaw AFB for work 12-14 Sept.

The Shaw AFB Main Gate will maintain normal operating hours 12-14 Sept. The 441 Gate will close to inbound and outbound traffic beginning 12 Sept. and the Sumter Gate closed to traffic at 8:30 a.m. today. It is strongly encouraged that movement on, off and around base be limited during the height of the storm for the safety of all personnel. Emergency services to include fire, ambulance and security forces will be maintained through the duration of the storm in case of an emergency.

For the latest information about HURCON changes, call the Shaw AFB Straight Talk Line at (803) 895-8942, or access the 20th Fighter Wing Facebook page at

SHAW PUBLIC AFFAIRS Release No. 27-2018