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  • Swamp Foxes return from Saudi Arabia after successful deployment

    Approximately 300 Airmen and a contingent of F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing have returned home after a successful three month deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Swamp Foxes Support Operation Healthy Delta 2021

    More than 40 Airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deployed to the Midwest to participate in Operation Healthy Delta 2021, a Department of Defense sponsored Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program designed to provide military training opportunities by delivering key services to local citizens in underserved communities. Swamp Foxes from the 169th Medical Group and 169th Force Support Squadron provided medical and food service support in three locations in Sikeston, Missouri, Caruthersville, Missouri and Metropolis, Illinois June 14-24.
  • Swamp Fox engineers participate in joint training during airfield repair demonstration

    This isn’t your father’s rapid runway repair. Eight Airmen from the 169th Civil Engineer Squadron (169CES) joined Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Navy engineers to participate in an Expedient and Expeditionary Airfield Damage Repair (E-ADR) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration at McEntire Joint National Guard Base (JNGB), South Carolina April 21-28, 2021. The demonstration simulated the rapid repair of a battle damaged runway. Swamp Fox engineers were joined by engineers from the 36th Engineer Squadron, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, and the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, plus engineers from U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 133, Gulfport, Mississippi to field test the 'just enough, just-in-time' repair capability on a decommissioned runway at McEntire JNGB. The U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s (AFCEC) Expedient and Expeditionary Airfield Damage Repair concept uses local materials and minimal manpower and equipment in order to expedite a temporary runway repair designed to support tactical and mixed load combat operations just long enough until a permanent repair can be made.
  • Swamp Fox fuels experts assist C-5 crew with maintenance problem during deployment surge

    Teamwork makes the dream work, as the old saying goes. When a C-5 Galaxy transport jet landed at McEntire last week to pack up cargo for the wing’s overseas deployment, the aircrew discovered a fuel leak which could have grounded the aircraft. Fortunately, three Swamp Fox Airmen stepped in with the right expertise to troubleshoot and fix the problem so the jet could take off on time.
  • Swamp Foxes deploy to Saudi Arabia for expeditionary force rotation

    Approximately 300 Airmen and a contingent of F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing have deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Chief Caldwell selected as next command senior leader

    The South Carolina National Guard announces U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Camille R. W. Caldwell as the next state command senior enlisted leader (CSEL) for the South Carolina National Guard.
  • McEntire Joint National Guard Base holds Legislative Day for Congressional, state leaders and staff

    Three members of Congress, South Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor, members of the South Carolina Legislature plus senior congressional staff spent March 5, 2021 with leaders of the South Carolina Military Department at McEntire Joint National Guard Base (JNGB). The purpose of the visit was to highlight the capabilities of McEntire JNGB for federal and state response as well as the benefits McEntire JNGB provides to the citizens of South Carolina. “We are honored to show our distinguished visitors McEntire’s value to our community, state and nation,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, the 169th Fighter Wing Commander.
  • Swamp Fox Intel Hosts Air Combat Command Course

    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 Air Force Base, S.C. plus four SCANG Airmen
  • Swamp Fox recruiters meet FY20 goal by successfully adapting to a COVID-19 world

    The 169th Fighter Wing’s Recruiting and Retention team met its fiscal year 2020 enlistment goal and continues bringing in potential Airmen to the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Steve David, Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, explained his team has successfully adapted to COVID challenges by shifting to a more focused virtual approach when communicating with applicants. “With the discovery of COVID, we’ve really ramped up our social media recruiting. We have additional assets from the National Guard Bureau (NGB) that allows us to have marketing and advertising individuals that assist us in social media, Facebook, and Indeed,” David said.
  • Swamp Foxes pay tribute to 9/11 with special aircraft paint job

    The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Maintenance Group honored the memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 with a commemorative paint job on one of the SCANG’s F-16 aircraft.
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