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)
Closed, open for emergencies only
Main Line: Oven-Fried Chicken, BBQ Beef Cubes, Baked Potato Halves, Macaroni & Cheese, Southern-Style Collard Greens, Simmered Black-Eyed Peas
Snack Line: Corn Dogs, Pizza & Tater Tots
Main Line: Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Baked Pork Chops, Pea & Pepper Rice, Candied Yams, Corn-on-the-Cob, Steamed Broccoli
Snack Line: Italian Sausage, Veg. Egg Rolls, Onion Rings
Assorted Ice Cream, Cakes, Pies, Fresh Fruit, Salad Bar, and Beverages
The Dining Facility is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Everyone using the facility must present a valid ID card.
Air Force Transitions to a single combat uniform
OCP Frequently Asked Questions
4:00 p.m. - Catholic Mass (245th Classroom)
10:30 a.m. - Protestant Worship (Maintenance Hangar Classroom)
3:00 p.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
South Carolina Air National Guard Base Tour Program
Tour Information: (Due to limited Public Affairs personnel availability, base tour request approvals will be reduced. You are welcome to submit a tour request form, but please understand that it will not be a guaranteed approval. We will do our best to accommodate only on a case-by-case basis.) 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 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 usaf.sc.169-fw.mbx.Public-Affairs@mail.mil.
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 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
Follow US-76W/ US-378W- 21.4 miles
Turn left into the Main Gate entrance
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 usaf.sc.169-fw.mbx.Public-Affairs@mail.mil.
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.
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.
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The 169th Fighter Wing Care Team Brochure and SCNG Behavioral Hotline Card, offers additional information. Please know that help is available.
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