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Shaw AFB gets headquarters of new fighter group

Mar. 8, 2013 - 09:23AM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 - 09:23AM  |  
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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. A new Air Force unit is being activated at Shaw Air Force Base.

Staff Sgt. Amanda Currier said a ceremony to establish the 495th Fighter Group is scheduled Friday at the Carolina Skies Club and Conference Center on the base outside Sumter.

Lt. Col. Juris Jansons will assume command of the group. Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, the commander of the 9th Air Force, will preside at the event.

The unit is being formed to give active-duty airmen the chance to work with experienced members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

The 9th Air Force is comprised of eight active-duty wings and 13 Air Reserve component wings, including about 480 aircraft and 28,000 men and women.

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