Food Operations at the Dining Facility for June RSD 2020 will be extended one hour in addition to the
normal messing period. The Dining Facility will be open for a total of three hours to allow an ample
amount of time for the base populous to cycle through for meal pickup while maintaining the
recommended six feet of distance from others. All members are REQUIRED to WEAR A MASK into
the dining facility and it is to remain on the face while in the dining facility picking up meals.
Members will not be permitted to eat in the dining area and must take their meals back to their duty
sections. A member from 169FSS will issue the requested meals and drinks, customers will NOT be
allowed to touch the food or drink containers in the dining facility at all. Enter through the front
door of the dining facility, follow tensa-barriers, and exit through the door leading out to the
Swamp Fox Family,
Applications for the College Assistance Program will be accepted 1 Jun – 01 Aug. The required
Application and Statement of Understanding will be available at https://getsmartsc.com/scng-cap/ If
you have any issues with the website, please use Google Chrome.
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.
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
If you have any further inquiries, please email them directly to the below address:
SCANG, CAP Manager
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.
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
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
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 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 can be directed to our UPT facilitator, Capt. Zach "Drifter" Ogle by email only, email@example.com.
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