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  • Airman lives AF core values during first deployment

    Just two months into her first deployment, Airman 1st Class Rhiannon O'Leary is staying busy. While assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMXS) working in line delivery for munitions, O'Leary is living the Air Force's core values of Integrity, Excellence, and Service Before Self at work and off duty. While her day-to-day mission
  • Oscar hits 4,000

    In the span of a month, two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilots have reached a milestone few aviators achieve. Col. David "Oscar" Meyer is the second pilot from the 169th Fighter Wing to reach 4,000 hours in the F-16 while deployed here supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lt. Col. Scott "Cleetus" Bridgers hit 4,000 hours, June 7.Meyer
  • SCANG Airmen swap out during AEF

    When the C-17 Globemaster III touched down at Kandahar Airfield, members of the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing, based at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., spilled off the ramp and into the Afghan summer heat. The nearly 100 Swamp Foxes made their way across the concrete and were met by some familiar faces. This group
  • It's a family tradition

    Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, even husbands and wives. McEntire Joint National Guard Base has a deep family heritage and a rich history of loved ones serving side by side that likely can be traced back to the airfield's origins.Most Swamp Fox deployments result in family members with their boots
  • Protecting the skies

    Becoming a fighter pilot was 1st Lt. Andrew "Snapper" Lehman's childhood dream. He started flying at the age of 17 and has worked hard ever since to make that dream count.Now he's here with his F-16 Fighting Falcon comrades at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, providing armed over watch, reconnaissance and close air support for the troops on the
  • SC ANG pilot posts 4,000 hours

    Lt. Col. Scott "Cleetus" Bridgers recently joined the elite class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to cross the 4000-hour flying threshold, stepping to his aircraft with nearly 3,996 hours in the seat of a Viper and landing with 4,000.5.Bridgers is deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He achieved the
  • Self-inspection is key to Vulnerability Assessment

    The SCANG recently underwent an assessment of the McEntire Joint National Guard bases' vulnerability to terrorist and criminal activity.Lt. Col. Paul Laymon, commander of the 169th Security Forces Squadron and the base Antiterrorism officer, said the intent of the vulnerability assessment is to identify areas that have deficiencies, which, if
  • Swamp Foxes strengthen spiritual resilience

    "Resiliency is more than a catch phrase," says Lt. Col. Brian Bohlman, 169th Fighter Wing chaplain. A diverse group of McEntire's personnel attended the first ever "Ultimate Spirituality: Resiliency and Relationships" training at McCrady Training Center Feb. 8. The course, led by Bohlman and retired Army Chaplain (Col.) Jeffrey Young, National
  • Exercise evaluates emergency response

    McEntire personnel conducted a joint Major Aircraft Response Exercise Jan. 31, the first of its scale for the base. The scenario was created specific to the reality of having dual airframes on the base, the F-16 fighter jet and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and the possibility that an incident could occur involving both. Base-wide participation
  • Top 3 Conference, Enlisted leaders go “B2B - 2020”

    More than 120 non-commissioned officers of the SCANG gathered at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover for a three-day conference in January to discuss the process of creating better relationships between senior and junior NCOs. The theme of the conference, 'B2B: 2020 Back-to-Basics,' placed great emphasis on getting back to the principles of

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