MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Romel Scott, a radio frequency technician assigned to the 169th Communications Squadron of the South Carolina Air National Guard, has everybody at McEntire talking.
That’s because an R.F. technician installs and maintains all radio frequency equipment such as radios in government-owned vehicles and in our air traffic control tower.
Scott also holds a full-time technician position during the week with the 169th Communications Squadron as an information technology specialist. He enjoys installing hardware and software to SCANG computers, and he is currently working on building scripts for equipment to make programs run more efficiently.
Military service runs in the Scott family. His father is a retired active duty U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who served for 25 years. His wife has been serving in the active duty Air Force for the past three years.
Before joining the Air National Guard in 2013, Scott worked as a police officer in law enforcement for 10 years. His military career began with the California Air National Guard in San Diego, California before he transferred to McEntire JNGB in 2015.
“When I transferred here, I had no job,” said Scott. “From the moment I got here, McEntire has taken care of me and my family. I love giving back to people because I have been so blessed.”
Scott has a passion for his community and for animals. He and his wife volunteer at least twice per month at the South Carolina Humane Society to assist them with helping dogs find new homes.
Scott said they volunteer to help with whatever is needed. From cleaning dog pens to making dog treats they are there to make sure the puppies are happy and safe until they are adopted to their new family.
Scott’s future goals include becoming a senior ranking enlisted member, and he plans to retire at McEntire. His passion to perform his duties resonates with his integrity and work ethic.
“Without the dedication and professionalism of our Airmen, we would not be successful,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Rivers, the 169th Communications Squadron commander. “Airmen like Senior Airman Scott are an integral part of the mission.”
The 169th Communications Squadron was re-designated April 1, 2017 from its former 169th Communications Flight namesake. The unit responsible for all communications equipment in every vehicle and building on this stand-alone guard base. The squadron is also responsible for executing its Eagle Vision IV mission.
“The re-designation as a squadron brings the proper accreditation and recognition to the Airmen supporting the war-fighting mission,” said Col. Nicholas Gentile Jr., the 169th Fighter Wing base commander.