***PLEASE NOTE- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, McEntire JNGB is under HPCON-B and all base tours and visits are suspended until further notice***
South Carolina Air National Guard Base Tour Program
Please note: Due to limited personnel availability, base tour request approvals are infrequent. You are welcome to submit a tour request form. But please understand submission does not guarantee approval. We will do our best to accommodate only on a case-by-case basis.
Tour Information: Base tours are offered to local civic organizations, schools and youth groups middle-school age and older to educate people about the South Carolina Air National Guard and McEntire’s missions. Tours are free of charge and can be subject to last-minute cancellations due to mission requirements and resource availability. We do not accommodate tour requests to combine different groups. Tours are given twice a month on second and third Thursdays not preceding a drill weekend and are scheduled on a first-requested, first-served basis. Public tours of McEntire Joint National Guard Base may be available to groups of 10 to 40 people. Tours for children under the age of 10 may be considered and must be requested by a SCANG sponsor who will be able to accompany the group. No tours will be given on drill weekends or federal holidays. Tour requests must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the date of the tour and requested through the 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office. Approved tours will be coordinated one month in advance. Groups requesting a tour must complete the Tour Request Form and e-mail it back to 169.FW.Public.Affairs.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Itinerary: Tours start at 9 a.m. and are scheduled for a maximum of 4 hours. These guided tours end no later than 2 p.m. and are subject to limited availability. Tours of McEntire may include various organizations on base to include a static display and Army National Guard Aviation, however, no particular activities can be guaranteed. Every effort will be made to honor your request, but ultimately, we work around our daily operations schedule and mission requirements. In these cases, a tour may be cancelled at any time, without notice. There will be no substitutions during these cases.
Transportation: Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation. All buses/vans must arrive at the Main Gate for security processing. Groups will be met at the Main Gate by the tour host who will escort the group and remain with them for the duration of the tour. If a group is more than 10 minutes late, tour itinerary is subject to change.
Cameras: Cameras are allowed on the tour; however, there are some restrictions. Your tour guide will inform you of these restrictions.
Required Attire: Closed-toe shoes are required on all tours. Additionally, tour guests cannot wear tank tops, cut off t-shirts or attire that contains offensive material.
Lunch: Prepared food is not available on this installation, however seating is available. Guests who wish to have 30 minutes built into their itinerary for lunch must plan to bring their own food and drink.
Directions to McEntire JNGB Main Gate:
From I-26 E: Merge onto I-77 N via Exit 116 toward Charlotte- 6.1 miles Merge onto Shop Rd. Exit 6A- 1.8 miles Turn left onto Pineview Rd SC-768- 1.9 miles Turn right onto Garners Ferry Rd/US-76E/US-378E- 7.7 miles Turn right into the Main Gate entrance From Sumter: Follow US-76W/ US-378W- 21.4 miles Turn left into the Main Gate entrance From Charlotte: Merge onto I-77S toward Columbia (crossing into South Carolina)- 83.8 miles Take the SC-262/Leesburg Rd Exit 9B toward US-76/US-378/ Garners Ferry West- 0.4 miles Turn right onto Leesburg Rd- 0.8 miles Turn left onto US-76 Garners Ferry Rd- 10.1 miles Turn right into the Main Gate entrance
The Visitor Control Center is to the right.
Additional Information: Public Affairs will not sponsor overnight visits. For Boy Scout camping opportunities troops must have a sponsor that is a member of the South Carolina Air National Guard. The sponsor must obtain approval from the 169th Fighter Wing for the event. The sponsor must also be on-site with the troop for the duration of the camping or tour event. For additional information, call 803-647-8208 or e-mail 169.FW.Public.Affairs.email@example.com
-Masks are REQUIRED for entry into dining facility; NO EXCEPTIONS
-Meal hours are from 1100-1330 hours
-169FSS will sign in patrons for contactless accountability while maintaining 6 foot distance
-Patrons will NOT touch food items at any time; 169FSS will distribute items requested (beverages, flatware, yogurt, etc.)
-Patrons will have a choice between meal options 1 OR 2 for both RSD days
-No dining in dining area; 169FSS will direct entry and exit points
-Meal price : $5.65 (for paying customers)
As of December 15, 2020, we started a renovation to the Base Gym and to the surrounding area to improve the drainage and upgrade the gym. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause but the facility will be closed for a few months. We plan to have the facility back open by summer and hope it enhances your experience.
11:00 a.m. - Catholic Mass (245th Classroom)
10:00 a.m. - Protestant Worship (Maintenance Hangar Classroom)
11:00 a.m. - Catholic Mass (245th Classroom)
Saturday/Sunday as available
Ops/Maintenance Devotional (Following Roll-Call in Hangar)
Security Forces Devotional (Following Roll-Call in Classroom)
Your SCANG Religious Support Teams can be reached by email or phone 803-647-8265
Swamp Fox Family,
Applications for the College Assistance Program will be accepted 1 June – 01 Aug 2021. The required Application and Statement of Understanding will be available at https://getsmartsc.com/scng-cap/ as of 01 June 2021. If you have any issues with the website, please use Google Chrome.
Once you’ve accessed the website, please select the BLUE Application tab under Air National Guard and begin the process of completing the Application and Statement of Understanding. Once completed, your Application will then be routed to a representative who will then verify your qualifications per the Statement of Understanding with your Commander. Once approved by your Commander, you will then receive an email of your Application approval.
*****PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT THE CAP APPLICATION FOR THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD*******
If at any time a Change Request is needed, please select the BLUE Change Request tab next to the Application tab under Air National Guard to complete, then submit. Once a representative has received your change request, you will be sent an email within 72 hours affirming your Change Request.
If you have any further inquiries, please email them directly to the below address:
Thank you kindly,
College Assistance Program Manager
Main Gate (visitors, commercial and military)
4:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. inbound and outbound
Morrell Gate (personnel with military ID only)
Duty Day: 6:15 - 8:15 a.m. inbound only AND 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. outbound only
RSD: 6:00 - 8:15 a.m. inbound AND 3:30 - 5:15 outbound only
Church Gate (personnel with military ID only)
CONGRATULATIONS SWAMP FOX!
2020 ANG Chief of the Medical Staff of the Year - Lt. Col. Frederic Smith, 169th MDG
2020 Director of Safety Aircrew of Distinction (NGB) - Maj. Joseph Atherton, 157th FS
2020 Force Support Field Grade Officer of the Year (ANG Level)- Maj. Thomas D. Bryant, 169th FSS
2020 Force Support Reserve Component NCO of the Year (ANG Level)- TSgt. Reggie A. German, 169th FSS
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.
The 169th Fighter Wing will hold an Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) Board tentatively scheduled for 5 – 7 Nov 2021. Approximate timeline:
1 Jul - 31 Aug: Application window
10-12 Sep: McEntire JNGB open for informal visits
8-10 Oct: Open house weekend
Mid-Oct: Interviewees notified
All dates are tentative at this time. We expect to set final dates and package requirements by mid-summer.
Questions may be directed to our UPT facilitator, Capt. Zach "Drifter" Ogle,
(by email only), 169.FW.aero.opportunities.Org@us.af.mil
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.
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".
*NEW* Security clearance: understanding question 21
*NEW* Click here to read the ANG Suicide Prevention Leadership Guidebook
*NEW* Click here for the Commander/First Sgt. Checklist for Airmen Under Investigation
(803) 647-8528 (Traffic Management Office-TMO)
SCANG Recruiting Office
Base Operator / Directory Assistance
(803) 647-8300 or DSN: 583-8300
SCANG Phone Directory
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:
*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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