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  • October Chief's Perspective

    Individual preparedness for natural disasters and response has become a norm for military service. In addition to being a traditional Air National Guard member, I have lived in many parts of the U.S. that suffered the devastating effects of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires. Are you ready to respond at a moment’s notice to
  • October Shirt Blast

    I’ve been called many things in my life: son, friend, student, private, sergeant, husband and my favorite—daddy.  Daddy changed everything for me. It matured me in a way I didn’t know I needed maturing—probably why I’ve been called a few things I couldn’t repeat here. But titles, like daddy and first sergeant often carry with them a great deal of
  • October Fitness Tips

    How to Make Easy Healthy Grain BowlsHealthy Grain Bowls are an easy, and delicious complete meal. Simply mix and match your favorite components… in 5 steps.Grain bowls are simply dinner in a bowl. And it’s as easy as a simple 5-step process, beginning with a grain, adding protein and veggies, making a sauce and garnishing with a few more
  • October Commander's Corner

    What makes the National Guard different from the Reserves?  For one thing, there is only one Reserves for each service component while there are 54 distinct National Guards serving the 50 states and the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Our Air National Guard is comprised of more than 106,000
  • October Chaplain's Reflections

    Have you noticed the days are shorter and the mornings are darker? I love this time of year when the school buses begin to run their routes (not because I’m a parent), baseball season comes to an end and football season begins. These are the days of cooler evenings and golden skies as the sun showcases the beauty of the Fall colors. The beautiful
  • October Retiree's Corner

    We had around 60 folks to show once everyone straggled in for the Luncheon, including a first timer, Hayes Baker. Every other month I check and see who comes the farthest, it was none other than our featured speaker, Grady (Gray) L. Patterson, IV. He is a traditional guardsman and lives in Greenville. He came down to be with us and make up a drill
  • September Commander's Corner

    State Partnership Program, a strategic relationship for national security
  • September Chief's Perspective

    I have served in the U.S. Air Force and the South Carolina Air National Guard for over 33 years, with the last 30 years spent at McEntire. From the beginning, I was told to “fill your squares.” As I grew in my career, my understanding of this short, simple statement became clear. Understand and execute the transition from wrench-turner to
  • September Shirt Blast

  • September Fitness Tips

    Avoiding overuse injuryMost overuse injuries are avoidable. To prevent an overuse injury practice the following: Use proper form and gear. Whether you're starting a new activity or you've been playing a sport for a long time, consider taking lessons. Using the correct technique is crucial to preventing overuse injuries. Also, make sure you wear