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South Carolina ANG conducts exercises near the Florence Airport

F-16 pilot from the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard flies a training mission in the KIWI MOA airspace over the cost of North Carolina Cost . (U.S. Air Force photo SMSgt Thomas Meneguin)

F-16 pilot from the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard flies a training mission over the coast of North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo SMSgt Thomas Meneguin)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. -- The South Carolina Air National Guard is conducting an air defense exercises near the Florence Airport, December 11.

As part of this routine exercise, fighter jets assigned to the SCANG's 169th Fighter Wing might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol between 10-11:30 a.m.

Carefully planned and closely controlled, this exercise has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the rapid response capability associated with the SCANG's Aerospace Control Alert mission. Most of the flying activity will not be visible from the ground.

The McEntire unit is a critical component of the strategic force that is poised 24/7 to respond to airborne threats over the United States and is part of North American Aerospace Defense Command's Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.