Friday, May 20, 2011
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina political and military leaders are gathering to celebrate the opening of the Third Army's new $100 million headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base.
A ribbon cutting Friday formally opens the doors to the 7-acre facility, built amid scrub pine forests on the sprawling air base outside Sumter in central South Carolina.
Third Army Commander Lt. Gen. William Webster is welcoming U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., as well as U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., along with leaders of the nearby Sumter community.
The move brings 1,200 military personnel and their families from Atlanta's Fort McPherson. The Third Army handles logistics for Army forces from Iraq to Afghanistan. The move puts them alongside the Ninth Air Force, which is in charge of all air forces in the region.
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