A career in the military, involves being watchful of your actions at all times. As the job is stressful, it is easy to lose your footing and make a mistake. Personnel accused of military crimes can have a stigma attached to them for the rest of their life. If you have been charged with a crime, consult a military criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Only an experienced lawyer can help you defend your case, and get a fair trial.


Named in honor of 1st Lt. Ervin D. Shaw, this air force base started out as a training field in 1941. The base was activated after military officials realized that air power was becoming more important than ground invasions during World War II. The first commander at the base was Lt. Col. Burton M. Covey Jr. This base was a training location for pilots along with providing accommodation to them.

Shaw AFB played a vital role when the United States was fighting Germany and Japan on two different warfronts in December 1941. The pilots from Shaw AFB were involved in many of the bombing operations that led to Japan's surrender.

In 1953, Shaw AFB saw the arrival of the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group whose mission was to take charge of all reconnaissance-training activities at the base. This job was being previously handled by the 363rd TRW.

In the 1980's with the development of reconnaissance satellites, the need for reconnaissance missions decreased drastically. The base's reconnaissance missions ended in 1981, and a new wing, 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing, was formed in 1982.

In 1990, the pilots in the 17th, 33rd, and 363rd wings became the first ones to be deployed to the UAE for Operation Desert Shield. The 363rd wing conducted combat operations in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Since its activation in 1941, the base has been assigned to several major commands including the Southeast Air Corps Training Center, First Air Force, Air Defense Command, Tactical Air Command, Continental Air Command. Presently, the base has been assigned to the Air Combat Command.


The 20th Fighter Wing calls Shaw AFB home, along with the 9th Air Force and the Third US Army. The 20th Fighter Wing is the largest combat F-16 fighting wing in the United States. Other units at the base are the 20th Maintenance Group, 20th Mission Support Group, 20th Medical Group, 20th Operations Group, 20th Operations Support Squadron, and the 55th, 79th and 77th Fighter Squadrons.

There are 5,400 active duty officers at the base, and 600 civilians. The base provides temporary lodging as well as permanent accommodation to the officers who get transferred to Shaw AFB from other installations in the country. For servicemen and women with families, the base provides childcare support, schools, and a Readiness Center, which plans events for the youth. With the 20th Medical Group on the base as well, military personnel are also provided medical, dental and ambulatory services.

Shaw AFB has witnessed a few military crimes from time to time. SrA Stefin T. Reed recently faced court martial, along with charges of rape and assault consummated by battery. This happened when a few officers were returning home after deployment, and had a layover in Germany. After a night of drinking, the female airman went to see if SrA Reed was doing fine, he beat her and then raped her. He was sentenced to 10 years in confinement, with dishonorable discharge and grade reduction.


Joseph L. Jordan will fight for your rights if you have been wrongfully accused of UCMJ crimes, drug crimes, manslaughter, murder or any other such charges. Mr. Jordan is very experienced in the military law, as he has held a post in the past as a JAG advocate. Mr. Jordan's law practice is centered around representing service members facing adverse actions and court martials. Committing a crime in the military could lead to demotion, confinement, forfeiture of pay, and many other losses.

Mr. Jordan will study your case carefully and try to ensure that you are given an acceptable verdict. Call (866) 624-7503 today to get started.


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