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Congresswoman Mace visits McEntire Joint National Guard Base

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina and her staff pose for a picture with leaders from the South Carolina National Guard in front of a 169th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon jet during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina and her staff pose for a picture with leaders from the South Carolina National Guard in front of a 169th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon jet during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina speaks with South Carolina National Guard senior leadership during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug.19, 2021. U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander provides Mace a close-up inspection of an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina speaks with South Carolina National Guard senior leadership during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug.19, 2021. U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander provides Mace a close-up inspection of an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina exits a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander and U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander, after an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina exits a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander and U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander, after an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina receives an in-flight demonstration of the AH-64 Apache helicopter simulator at the South Carolina Army National Guard’s aviation facility located at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug. 19, 2021. U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander, foreground, and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joel Gooch, 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion pilot, offer instruction on the flight characteristics of the Apache while Mace operates the flight controls. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina receives an in-flight demonstration of the AH-64 Apache helicopter simulator at the South Carolina Army National Guard’s aviation facility located at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug. 19, 2021. U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander, foreground, and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joel Gooch, 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion pilot, offer instruction on the flight characteristics of the Apache while Mace operates the flight controls. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina receives an operational brief on the capabilities of the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) before boarding a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina receives an operational brief on the capabilities of the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) before boarding a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina join leaders of the South Carolina National Guard on a tour of the helicopter flight line at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina join leaders of the South Carolina National Guard on a tour of the helicopter flight line at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina speaks with South Carolina National Guard senior leadership during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug.19, 2021. U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander provides Mace a close-up inspection of an AH-64 Apache helicopter. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina speaks with South Carolina National Guard senior leadership during her visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Aug.19, 2021. U.S. Army Col. John McElveen, 59th Troop Command commander provides Mace a close-up inspection of an AH-64 Apache helicopter. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina receive and orientation flight on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and her staff from Charleston, South Carolina receive and orientation flight on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of McEntire Joint National Guard Base and the McCrady Training Center, South Carolina during her visit Aug. 19, 2021. The purpose of her visit is to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization as well as a familiarization of the base and the capabilities of the units housed there. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace from Charleston, South Carolina visited McEntire Joint National Guard Base Aug.19, 2021. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina, and U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander, hosted Congresswoman Mace.

The purpose of her visit was to meet with South Carolina National Guard leadership to discuss the current state of the South Carolina National Guard and future endeavors for the organization. During her visit, she toured the South Carolina Army National Guard’s aviation facility including the AH-64 Apache helicopter simulator. Later she received an aerial tour of McEntire JNGB and the McCrady Training Center aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Her visit concluded with an inspection of a South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon jet and a mission briefing from Col. Gandhi in the fighter wing headquarters conference room.

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