Civilian Faculty and Students Attending USC Sumter Classes at Shaw AFB Education Center:

USC Sumter classes held at Shaw Air Force Base meet in the Spratt Education Center at 398 Shaw Drive. The following items of information need your prior planning and action if you are scheduled to attend or teach classes at Shaw Air Force Base in the upcoming semester.

Directions : Enter Shaw Air Force Base through the main gate from Highway 76/378. Entering through the main gate, you will be on Shaw Drive. Stay on Shaw Drive until you reach the first traffic light intersection. The Spratt Education Center will be on the corner on your right. Turn right at the traffic light intersection and enter the parking area by way of the driveway on the right just beyond the building. Limited parking spaces are available beside and behind the building. Additional parking is available diagonally across the traffic light intersection from the Center. Room assignments will be posted at the entrances on the first night of class.

Release of Information Form:  Word version  PDF version

Base Access: Provided you complete and return the above Release of Information form, your name may be included on an access roster for the Security Forces at the Shaw gate. You must complete the Release of Information form and turn in at the USC Sumter campus Records and Registration office as soon as possible after you register for a class to be held at Shaw. If we do not receive your completed form at least one week prior to the start of class, you may be denied access to Shaw AFB. You should attempt to enter Shaw AFB only at the appropriate time and day for your class and have the following documents ready for inspection by the Shaw Security Forces:


  • Valid driver’s license

  • Student or faculty identification card from USC Sumter

  • Proof of insurance for your vehicle

  • Registration for your vehicle

Note that any time you enter a Department of Defense Installation you are consenting to the possible search of your vehicle and other personal belongings. This is a protection measure for national security.

Time: On your first day of class at Shaw, you should plan to arrive at the gate at least 30 minutes prior to your class starting time. For security reasons, getting through the Shaw gate will be a slow process. And, although the drive to the center from the gate is only a short distance, speed limits are enforced and convenient parking is limited.

Honors: At 5:00 pm daily, the sound of Retreat and the National Anthem are played over the installation loud speaker while the flag is lowered at base headquarters. If you are outside when you hear the music, you should stand facing the sound of the music with your hand (or hat) placed over your heart to honor the great privilege of citizenship in the United States of America.

Cellular Phones: Effective 1 December 2005, using a cellular phone while driving on Shaw AFB is prohibited, unless you use a hands free device. You may be fined and/or lose the privilege to drive on Shaw AFB.

Seatbelts: Seatbelts must be worn by everyone driving or riding in a vehicle on Shaw AFB. Again, you may be fined and/or lose the privilege to drive on Shaw AFB.