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Shaw renames new entrance to honor Tuskegee pilots

A road on Shaw Air Force Base was named for two Sumter natives who flew with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in World War II at a ceremony on the base Thursday morning. The road, now officially “Ashley-Bowman Boulevard,” begins at the Sumter Gate on U.S. 378 and St. Paul’s Church Road and continues on the base to Dryden Way.

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Expanded VA clinic coming to Myrtle Beach

A new Veterans Affairs clinic could be coming to Myrtle Beach within 3 years. The new clinic will include 89,000 square feet of usable space, regional VA spokesperson Tonya Lobbestael said. The VA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. are close to soliciting bids for the project, and will select a contractor between April and June of next year.

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His life inspired them, his death brought them closer

The family of a combat-seasoned Air Force pilot – whose final flight led to a final act of heroism on a morning 50 years ago – gathered to remember Lt. Col. Patrick Burke in sites across Myrtle Beach Tuesday. Burke saved countless lives of people who were enjoying the beach when the engine of his fighter jet flamed out over the Atlantic Ocean. He turned the jet away from the crowd and bailed out over the ocean. He was knocked unconscious when the seat that ejected with him struck his helmet as he parachuted to the water below where he drowned.

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Salute from the Shore: F-16s, C-17 fly over on July 4

Beachgoers at a packed Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island were in perfect position take in the annual Salute from the Shore on Monday, July 4, 2016. Two F-16 fighter jets and a C-17 transport plane from Charleston Air Force Base roared over Coligny around 1:45 p.m., with onlookers applauding and waving American flags, saluting the country's real heroes. Josh Mitelmanjmitelman@islandpacket.com

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Why the Zika filibuster is a major setback for wounded veterans

When Democratic Sen. Patty Murray joined a filibuster that successfully blocked debate on a Republican funding bill to fight the Zika virus, her vote produced another casualty. It stymied Murray’s long-sought plan to get the federal government to pay for in-vitro fertilization services for veterans whose fertility was damaged or destroyed while serving in the military.

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Salute from the Shore: F-16s, C-17 fly over on July 4

Beachgoers at a packed Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island were in perfect position take in the annual Salute from the Shore on Monday, July 4, 2016. Two F-16 fighter jets and a C-17 transport plane from Charleston Air Force Base roared over Coligny around 1:45 p.m., with onlookers applauding and waving American flags, saluting the country's real heroes. Josh Mitelmanjmitelman@islandpacket.com
Salute from the Shore: F-16s, C-17 fly over on July 4 0:35

Salute from the Shore: F-16s, C-17 fly over on July 4

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Commander of the 169th Fighter Wing explains mission the McEntire F-16's were on before crash

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U.S. Army Secretary won't talk about broken dams at Fort Jackson

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The Wall That Heals on display in Blythewood for Memorial Day