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  • Partnership extends from Columbia to Colombia

    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Colombian Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Enrique Bedoya recently signed a partnership proclamation formally establishing a bilateral relationship between South Carolina and the Republic of Colombia in the National Guard's State Partnership Program. The signing and announcement were made during a ceremony at
  • SCANG pilot hits 2,000 hours in Afghanistan

    Another SCANG pilot hit a professional landmark during the current Afghanistan deployment. Maj. Ian "Chester" Toogood hit 2,000 hours in the F-16 on July 15 while providing base defense over Kandahar Airfield."I have been fortunate to be in the cockpit my whole career," Toogood said. "I think it's more memorable to reach it here in combat." Toogood
  • Deployed Swamp Foxes urged to remain vigilant

    With the current AEF cycle more than half-way through (at press time), SCANG commanders are recognizing deployed Airmen for their accomplishments and stressing vigilance on the home stretch. Lt. Col. Boris Armstrong, 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, said, "With the AEF halfway point behind us, it's a good time to review what we've
  • Distance leraning is closer than you think

    Nine SCANG members graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Tennessee's McGhee-Tyson ANG Base last month. The class of "distance learners" already are back to work at McEntire and the next class of potential graduates commences this month.The Distance Learning Program is a 15-week remote version of the NCOA, which lasts six weeks
  • 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
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