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  • May Chief's Perspective

    I want to take a moment to look at leadership from within agreat organization. How each one of us can be a part of that leadership teamand ultimately how our leadership input will impact the organization. I am atraditional guardsman, with 12 plus years on active duty and another 18 yearsas a SCANG member, for a total of 31 years. I have seen
  • May Retiree's Corner

    The Luncheons keep on getting better! This time a little something different, we had Chief Master Sgt. Tommy Nash and Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Byrd, workers in the vineyard, as one of my old bosses used to say, come by and visit with us. They gave us a perspective on the munitions side. The retirees really enjoyed the interaction with them. Most of the
  • May Commander's Corner

    When I entered Texas A&M as a freshman cadet in 1988, the U.S. Air Force fighter force was at its peak. At that time, there were about 4,200 fighters in the inventory split between the Regular Air Force, Reserves and Air National Guard. During my freshman year, the Berlin Wall came down and by 1991 the Cold War had ended. A year later, OPERATION
  • April Commander's Corner

    Gotta say I’ve been having some writer’s block.  See, I’m not a man of words like my friend, “Paps” Meares, who eloquently delivered his five keys to leadership during Martina Borg’s promotion to chief master sergeant. I was chatting with Senior Master Sgt. Ed Snyder about this and he told me to, “…just have fun with it – Dolph it up!” My name as a
  • April Chaplian's Reflections

    MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. “To live well is to work well, to show a good activity” -Thomas Aquinas This past month I took the initiative to introduce pet therapy in our unit. You may have noticed Gustave and Hannah, Husky and German Shepherd mix 4-month-old puppies, walking around outside and darting in and out of offices around the
  • May Commander's Corner

    We’re in the serious business of defending our nation and its interests at home and abroad.  Before deploying, we ensure that our affairs are in order in case, God forbid, something bad happens. In the last three years, we’ve had five Swamp Foxes who have died or been seriously injured. In many of those cases the individual, whether single or
  • January Commander's Corner

    Why did you join the military, or more specifically, the South Carolina Air National Guard? This is a question I ask potential members seeking to join the Communications Flight (or the South Carolina Air National Guard in general) and during periodic career interviews for current members. The answers I receive vary depending upon a multitude of
  • January Chief's Perspective

    Happy New Year Swamp Fox!  As we move into 2017, I am sure we all have resolutions, ranging from quitting smoking to improving PT scores. One specific area I believe we all need resolution in is to improve our knowledge in the Defense Travel System or DTS program. I know as I write this while I am TDY at Nellis, I can hear the sighs, groans and
  • January Retiree's Corner

    MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. -- The December Luncheon was bizarre. Usually I use the words terrific, great, wonderful, etc. When we first walked in the Excalibur Room, our usual meeting room, the MWR lady who usually collects the money at the door, told us somebody had already paid for the Luncheon. I was shocked and surprised,
  • January Fitness Tips

    Keeping healthy for 2017
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