South Carolina Air National Guard F-16s on the flight line

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The 169th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) Intelligence Flight hosted the Air Combat Command (ACC) Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) mobile training course from November 9-20. The course consisted of students from the 51st Intelligence Squadron and the 20th OSS Intelligence Flight from Shaw AFB plus four SCANG Airmen.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Pauline Craig, a production recruiter, and Staff Sgt. Brandon Woods, marketing and advertising specialist, both assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighting Wing, discuss their virtual tactics that they utilize to continue recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, August 19, 2020. Recruiting strategies have adapted a more virtual and social media based approach in order to reach multiple audiences while maintaining the safety of the recruiters and applicants. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Mackenzie Bacalzo, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Cayton, a production recruiter for the 169th Fighter Wing, speaks to and provides a tour of the South Carolina Air National Guard to Ashley Spivey, a potential recruit, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base on August 17, 2020. Cayton utilizes base tours in order to expose applicants to the wing and potential jobs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Mackenzie Bacalzo, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Bosley, program manager for the 169th Fighter Wing's Drug Demand Reduction Program at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., performs a nasopharyngeal swab on a mission essential Airman assigned to an Aerospace Control Alert trained unit with the South Carolina Air National Guard. The South Carolina National Guard remains ready to support the counties, state and local agencies, and first responders with requested resources for as long as needed in support of COVID-19 response efforts in the state. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, South Carolina National Guard)
U.S. Army and Air National Guard medical personnel with the South Carolina National Guard, under Joint Task Force 59, provide medical pre-screening to inmates at the Tyger River Correctional Institution, Enoree, S.C., July 9, 2020. The medical pre-screening is part of measures put in place to limit the exposure of COVID-19 for the inmates. The South Carolina National Guard remains ready to support the counties, local and state agencies, and first responders with requested resources for as long as needed in support of COVID-19 response efforts in the state. Pictured (left to right) are: U.S. Army Spc. Kayla Herbal, U.S. Army Spc. Jack Eddy, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Heller, U.S. Army Spc. Paul Morrison, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jennifer Wagner, U.S. Army Spc. Seth Adams, U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Uchnar and U.S. Army Pfc. Tino Perez. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, South Carolina National Guard)
U.S. Staff Sgt. Kaviana Holmes, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron commander support staff non-commissioned officer in charge, and her mother U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Katina Wise, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Force Support Squadron force community superintendent, pose for a photo, July 10, 2020, Al Udeid, Air Base, Qatar. Wise has served in the Air National Guard for 19 years and Holmes has served 8 years. (U.S. Air Force photo Tech. Sgt. Michael Battles)
Citizen Airmen from Team Charleston at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, flew a C-17 Globemaster III down the coast of South Carolina, starting around Cherry Grove and ending off the coast of Beaufort, July 4, 2020, as part of the 11th annual Salute from the Shore
Mr. Rico Brown, newly appointed Director of Psychological Health for the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, June 24, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Bacalzo)
U.S. National Guard Soldiers and an Airman assigned to a Joint Medical Team, South Carolina National Guard, provided COVID-19 support services to the staff and inmates at Allendale Correctional Institution, Allendale, South Carolina during most of May 2020. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jennifer Wagner (front row, left), an aerospace medical technician from the 169th Medical Group at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, poses with South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers, May 26, 2020. The South Carolina National Guard remains ready to support the counties, local and state agencies, and first responders with requested resources for as long as needed in support of COVID-19 response efforts in the state. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Wagner, South Carolina National Guard)
U.S. Airmen from the 169th Maintenance Group pose in the Structures shop at McEntire Joint National Guard Base S.C., April 22, 2020. Pictured from left to right are Airman 1st Class Chase Szoke, Tech. Sgt. Austin Soltow, Staff Sgt. Michael Fisher and Senior Airman Joseph Richter were part of a team who designed a commemorative tail flash on a Swamp Fox F-16 fighter jet with the tail number 911 to honor those who died during the terrorists attacks. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Hudson.)
An F-16 fighter pilot assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing runs through pre-flight sequences prior to takeoff at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., April 27, 2020. The 169th Fighter Wing saluted the healthcare professionals in South Carolina with a statewide flyover of more than 60 hospitals. The series of flyovers, originating from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, is part of the U.S. Air Force’s Operation AMERICAN RESOLVE to show appreciation to the thousands of heroes on the front lines battling COVID-19 with the intent to lift morale in cities across America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
Ongoing construction of an expanded and upgraded Fire Department at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. April 14, 2020. The construction is scheduled to last 18 months and provide increased capabilities for the 169th Fighter Wing and McEntire Joint National Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Hudson)
McEntire Joint National Guard Base, home of the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, co-hosts nighttime arming and refueling training during Exercise Agile Lion, Jan. 14, 2020. Multi-functional Airmen and F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., execute integrated combat turns during the exercise. This training simulates mobile command and control which enables joint interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Stephen Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
U.S. Airmen assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard's 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron pose with two flags during their deployment to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, April 30, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered all wings across the Air Force to stand down for a day and focus on suicide prevention and resiliency after an increase of suicides in the Air Force, the SCANG held theirs in conjunction with an afternoon of family time.
U.S. Air Force, retired, Col. Jack Van Loan, fighter pilot and Vietnam War prisoner of war, was honored with a Missing Man flyover during his funeral held at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, October 26, 2019. He passed away in Columbia, South Carolina, October 14, 2019 and received full military honors during the funeral for his nearly 30 years of service, including his 2,116 days spent in the North Vietnamese prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing provided the formation flyover during the funeral with a four-ship of F-16 fighter jets. (Courtesy photo provided by Gerry Melendez, visual journalist for The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina)
Members of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force were hosted by the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, October 23, 2019, for a meeting to engage initiatives to enhance the value of military installations and facilities as well as the quality of life for military personnel in South Carolina.
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Medical Group at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, conduct Medical Facility Annual Training for their Comprehensive Medical Readiness Program skill-set training at San Diego Naval Medical Center, August 3-17, 2019.
U.S. Army Reserve refueling trucks wait to offload Jet-A fuel at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, July 29, 2019. The 169th Logistics Readiness Fuels Management Flight participated in Operation Task Force America with U.S. Army Reserve units from Ohio and Pennsylvania. Operation Task Force America provides Army Reserve transportation units valuable fuel convoy training. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)
The South Carolina Air National Guard is participating in the week-long Relámpago IV exercise with four 169th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon Fighter jets at Comando Aereo de Combate Number 5 (CACOM 5) in Rionegro Colombia, July 22, 2019. United States military participation in the exercise provides an opportunity to strengthen our military-to-military relationships with regional partners and provides the opportunity to meet with our Colombian air force counterparts and facilitate interoperability, which can be exercised in future cooperation events such as additional exercises and training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)
U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets perform a routine at Feria Aeronautica Internacional—Colombia 2019 at José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia, July 12, 2019. The United States Air Force is participating in the four-day air show with four South Carolina Air National Guard F-16s as static displays, along with an F-16 aerial demonstration by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. United States military participation in the air show provides an opportunity to strengthen our military-to-military relationships with regional partners and provides the opportunity to meet with our Colombian air force counterparts and facilitate interoperability, which can be exercised in future cooperation events such as exercises and training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)
The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron conducts annual training at the Georgetown Airport in Georgetown, South Carolina, June 10-13, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Amy Kyzer)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Thompson, an intelligence officer assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, left, watches as Rick Peterson, the director of the emergency management division in Cherokee County, prepares a drone for a demonstration at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., June 8, 2019. The South Carolina Air and Army National Guard hosted the National Guard Bureau for a test and demonstration of a tactical communications system used to support disaster response in preparation for the 2019 Hurricane Season. Participants included county emergency management officials, first responders, Civil Air Patrol and National Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Floyd)
A Swedish Air Force JAS 39 and a U.S. Air Force F-16C Block 52 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., prepare to launch for morning missions as the third and final week of air operations continue in support of Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019 at Kallax Air Base, Luleå, Sweden, June 3, 2019. ACE 19 is a Nordic avia-tion exercise that provides realistic, scenario-based training to prepare forces for enemy defensive systems. U.S. forces are engaged, postured and ready to deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder)
U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft maintainers, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, remove the right wing leading edge flap after the discovery of a damaged actuator on one of their F-16 Fighting Falcons during Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019 at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, May 23, 2019. The damage to the actuator and the leading edge flap will require a total wing replacement, a very complex repair normally accomplished at home station or at depot where parts and specialized tools and equipment are readily available. ACE 19 is a Nordic aviation exercise that provides realistic, scenario-based training to prepare forces for enemy defensive systems. U.S. forces are engaged, postured and ready to deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Brian Doyle)

IMPORTANT FOR YOU!

2019 SCANG Airmen of the Year & Safety Award Recipients

Master Sgt. James Williams, 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is the recipient of the 2019 - 169FW Commander's Occupational Safety Award
Portrait of Master Sgt. James Williams, 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., June 24, 2020. He is the recipient of the 2019 169 Fighter Wing Commander's Occupational Safety Award. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
CMSgt. Ed McQueen and family - SCANG Family of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Thomas "Ed" McQueen Jr. and his family at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., February 4, 2020. Chief Master Sgt. McQueen and his family are the South Carolina Air National Guard's Family of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
Lt. Col. Gerald Harmon Jr. - SCANG FGO of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gerald Harmon Jr., a Judge Advocates General to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the 2019 Field Grade Officer of the Year for the South Carolina Air National Guard, Feb. 4, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
MSgt. Carl Clegg - SCANG 1st Sergeant of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Carl Clegg, first sergeant for the 169th Mission Suport Group at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., February 4, 2020. Master Sgt. is the South Carolina Air National Guard's First Sergeant of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
Capt. Joshua Rosecrans - SCANG CGO of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Rosecrans, a pilot assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., February 4, 2020. Capt. Rosecrans is the South Carolina Air National Guard's Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
SMSgt. Marvin Bradford - SCANG SNCO of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Marvin Bradford, assigned to the 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron at Group at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., February 4, 2020. Senior Master Sgt. Bradford is the South Carolina Air National Guard's Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
TSgt. David Melkersman - SCANG NCO of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Melkersman, assigned to the 169th Operations Support Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the 2019 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for the South Carolina Air National Guard, Feb. 4, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
SrA Joshua Power - SCANG Airman of the Year
Portrait of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Power, assigned to the 169th Maintenance Operations Flight at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., February 4, 2020. Senior Airman Power is the South Carolina Air National Guard's Airman of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard layout by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

*** 2019 National Award Recipients ***

CONGRATULATIONS SWAMP FOX!

2019 Randall D. Headrick Special Achievement Award (ANG) - SMSgt. Thomas Barnes, 245th ATCS

2019 Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems SNCO of the Year (NGB) - SMSgt. Marvin Bradford, 245th ATCS

2019 Field Grade Physician of the Year (ANG) - Lt. Col. Frederic Smith, 157th FS

2019 Medical Service Civilian Performance Excellence Award (ANG) - Ms. Ashley Hanbeck, 169th MDG

2019 Medical Service Corps Civilian of the Year (ANG) - Mr. Daniel Linkroum, 169th MDG

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Mission Statement

The 169th Fighter Wing is the primary unit of the South Carolina Air National Guard and is located at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. The 169th Fighter Wing flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a single-seat multi-purpose fighter with the capability to fly at up to twice the speed of sound. The mission of the 169th Fighter Wing is to provide world class combat capability to meet our nation's needs for contingency and general war requirements.

Our primary federal mission is accomplished by employing conventional munitions in the Destruction/Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (DEAD/SEAD), while providing 24/7 homeland defense alert fighter response. Additionally, the wing provides to the Governor of South Carolina with defense assistance to the state's homeland security office and disaster preparation and response support for Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) activities.

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2020 year-end photo and video montage wrap-up of the event and missions completed by Airmen of the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. (U.S. Air National Guard video by Master Sgt. Carl Clegg, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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2021 Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) Board

The 169th Fighter Wing will hold an Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) Board during the fall of 2021. We will start hosting visits and accepting resumes approximately six months prior to the board. The specific dates of the board and visit dates will be posted on this page when they are determined.

Questions may be directed to our UPT facilitator, Capt. Zach "Drifter" Ogle,

(by email only), 169.FW.aero.opportunities.Org@us.af.mil.

personal crisis?

 

Meet the new 169th Fighter Wing Director of Psychological Health, Mr. Rico Brown. (803-647-8173)

Suicide in the military has been at the forefront lately. Call the 24/7 SCNG Behavioral Health Care Line (1-800-681-2558), if  you or someone you know is in immediate crisis.

The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, anytime, about any type of crisis and a live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. Click here for more information about the Crisis Text Line.

The SCNG Behavioral Healthline Poster offers additional information. Please know that help is available.

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There can be light from the darkness and hope from despair. Please take the time to read and share... "Retired colonel tells his story of surviving suicide and thriving".

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*NEW* Click here to read the ANG Suicide Prevention Leadership Guidebook

Contact

All deliveries to McEntire JNGB should call:

(803) 647-8528 (Traffic Management Office-TMO) 

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SCANG Recruiting Office 

(803) 647-8850
Email Recruiting

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Base Operator / Directory Assistance
(803) 647-8300 or DSN: 583-8300

SCANG Phone Directory

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169th Fighter Wing / Public Affairs
1325 South Carolina Rd
McEntire JNGB, SC 29044
(803) 647-8208 or DSN: 583-8208

PLEASE NOTE: Public Affairs does not act as an operator service. They do not have the capability to redirect incoming calls to other offices. Please consult the SCANG Phone Directory for the office you need. 

Email Public Affairs at:

169.FW.Public.Affairs.org@us.af.mil

*Please no solicitations, this is an official government website and we cannot accept any requests for advertisements or business/personal promotions.*

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