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Swamp Fox Readiness Surge a Success

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, launches an F-16 Fighting Falcon druing surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, launches an F-16 Fighting Falcon druing surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brent Allen, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, prepares to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon for a night training mission during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brent Allen, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, prepares to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon for a night training mission during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparations for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparations for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

A South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon lands at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, after a training mission during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparations for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

A South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon lands at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, after a training mission during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparations for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Mills, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, waits as a pilot preforms pre-flight checks for his participation in the aviation surge at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Mills, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, waits as a pilot preforms pre-flight checks for his participation in the aviation surge at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, taxis to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015.  The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

A U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, taxis to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon during surge flying operations Feb. 7, 2015. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amn Megan Floyd/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, lands during surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, lands during surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, flies overhead during surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, flies overhead during surge flying operations, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Gajewski and Airman 1st Class Erskine Ham, crew chiefs assigned to the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, replace a damaged F-16 tire with a new one, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Both Airmen are supporting surge flying operations, which encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Gajewski and Airman 1st Class Erskine Ham, crew chiefs assigned to the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, replace a damaged F-16 tire with a new one, Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Both Airmen are supporting surge flying operations, which encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Airmen of the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations on Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
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U.S. Airmen of the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, participate in surge flying operations on Feb. 7, 2015, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. The surge encompasses high tempo flying as part of vital training in preparation for deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. -- Swamp Fox F-16s ripping through the air across South Carolina on a drill weekend is not unusual. What made February's flying schedule a bit different for the maintainers and pilots was the pace of a "flying surge" exercise performed here, Feb. 7, 2015.

Members of the 169th Fighter Wing executed training in high-tempo flying missions as practice for deployments and were inspected in maintenance and operational procedures.

"It's pretty much the same thing that we do every day, it's just more intense," said Tech. Sgt. Jay Bicknell, a crew chief assigned to the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  "It keeps us ready and focused for the mission at hand."

Maintenance crews were inspected during the surge in aircraft launch and recovery, refueling and hydrazine response procedures.

Beginning Saturday morning, pilots with the 157th Fighter Squadron flew 33 sorties in approximately 10 hours.

"This mission was a complete integration of operations and maintenance readiness for a realistic simulation of what combat ops would be like," said Lt. Col. Quaid Quadri, a pilot assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron. "It was a huge success."

Simulating combat operations such as this weekend's surge sustains readiness for the South Carolina Air National Guard's future combat deployments.