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Sumter Sheriffs, Shaw security forces host youth conference

Attendees of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference are briefed about the capabilities of the F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the conference, attendees safely interacted with a M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon, inert bombs and other 20th Fighter Wing weapons and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

Attendees of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference are briefed about the capabilities of the F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the conference, attendees safely interacted with a M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon, inert bombs and other 20th Fighter Wing weapons and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing talks with adolescents attending the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference about the F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the visit, attendees had the opportunity to get a close-up look at aircraft and equipment displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing talks with adolescents attending the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference about the F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the visit, attendees had the opportunity to get a close-up look at aircraft and equipment displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Lundin, 337th Recruiting Squadron recruiter, escorts an attendee from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference on a motorized F-16 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the conference the adolescents viewed a military working dog demonstration, U.S. Army Central equipment showcase and a F-16CM Fighting Falcon static display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Lundin, 337th Recruiting Squadron recruiter, escorts an attendee from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s annual youth conference on a motorized F-16 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 16, 2017. During the conference the adolescents viewed a military working dog demonstration, U.S. Army Central equipment showcase and a F-16CM Fighting Falcon static display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the 20th Security Forces Squadron hosted an annual youth conference June 16 to provide mentorship opportunities for local adolescents ages 10 to 18.

The SCSO and 20th SFS welcomed more than 50 local school children to the base to showcase the combined mission of the 20th SFS and local law enforcement. 

Throughout the day, visitors had the opportunity to talk to Airmen and Soldiers, as well as view a military working dog demonstration, U.S. Army Central equipment showcase, an F-16CM Fighting Falcon aircraft static display and other events.

“Team Shaw’s portion of this event is aimed at giving adolescents a little peek into the unique jobs we do here on the base,” said Robert Healy, 20th SFS chief of investigations. “Most of them have no military affiliation or insight into the base’s mission.”

SCSO Lt. Petrina Wiley, the conference coordinator, said the effect of the conference was visible on the children’s faces. 

“One of the most rewarding things is that we can have face-to-face interactions with our service members,” Wiley said. “To see the attendees smiling and engaging, it’s huge. An impact has been made.”

Wiley also said the partnership gained through years of teamwork strengthens the bond between base and community first responders. 

“[The sheriff department has] been working with the base for almost 18 years now,” Wiley said. “It makes a huge difference to be out here with the people that support us.”