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Air Guard Units Test Readiness at Sentry Savannah Exercise
May 22, 2024
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Salazar, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, washes the canopy on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet during exercise Sentry Savannah hosted by the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia, May 9, 2024. Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard’s premier 4th- and 5th-gen fighter integration exercise, with this year’s event involving more than 775 participants and 40 aircraft from six units.

South Carolina National Guard Airmen Return From Deployment
April 12, 2024
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, are greeted by family and wing personnel as they return from a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility April 10, 2024. Approximately 150 Swamp Fox Airmen deployed in support of 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the unit’s first deployment as an expeditionary air base team under the new Air Force Force Generation model.

South Carolina Guard Airman Receives Bronze Star Medal
November 27, 2023
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Vine, a radar, airfield, and weather systems technician with the 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, is presented the Bronze Star Medal from Lt. Col. Zachary Counts, the 245th ATCS commander, Oct. 15, 2023. Vine received the award for his achievements while deployed to Iraq in 2022.

South Carolina Air Guard Supports Operation Healthy Delta
June 22, 2023
U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Terra Davila, 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, and first sergeant at a Sikeston, Missouri, medical site, checks on U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Nikolas Taylor, combat medic for the 305th Minimal Care Detachment, Joplin, Missouri, during Operation Healthy Delta Innovative Readiness Training, June 17, 2023. IRT missions provide service members with training and readiness skills while helping support local community needs.

Airmen Go Off Grid for Terror Threat Training
May 19, 2023
U.S. Airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard and other Air National Guard units discover a trapdoor and tunnel during Emergency Management Battlefield Expeditionary Response training at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, South Carolina, May 5, 2023. The Airmen practiced responses to simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events.

South Carolina Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing is Mission Ready
October 28, 2022
Colombian Air Force KFIRs and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the South Carolina Air National Guard, 157th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation during Relampago VII, an exercise in Barranquilla, Colombia, Aug. 30, 2022. South Carolina is Colombia’s partner in the State Partnership Program.

South Carolina Guard Builds Blackfeet Nation Senior Center
September 15, 2022
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 169th Civil Engineering Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, use construction tools to help build a community center for Blackfeet Nation Native Americans at Heart Butte, Montana, Sept. 6, 2022. The temporary deployment is part of the squadron’s yearly Innovative Readiness Training.

South Carolina Air National Guard, Colombia Wrap Up Exercise
September 15, 2022
Airmen and F-16 fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing and members of the Colombian Air Force pause for a photo Aug. 30, 2022, during the two-week Relampago VII exercise in Barranquilla, Colombia. South Carolina and Colombia are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Sentry Savannah builds warfighter readiness, lethality
May 25, 2022
An F-15 Eagle assigned to the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, flies over the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia, during exercise Sentry Savannah 22-1 May 12, 2022. Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard’s premier counter air exercise, encompassing 10 units of fourth- and fifth- generation fighter aircraft.

Swamp Fox maintenance hosts Bulgarian air force officers
March 18, 2022
Staff Sgt. Michael Fisher, aircraft structural maintenance craftsman with the 169th Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, demonstrates an industrial tube bender to Bulgarian air force officers at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina March 5, 2022. Bulgaria, a NATO partner and partner with the Tennessee National Guard under the State Partnership Program, is scheduled to receive F-16 fighter jets. South Carolina assisted with the SPP engagement by hosting maintenance officers from the Bulgarian air force.

Thirty years, 10 Airmen, one base
February 23, 2022
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Generation Squadron at the site of the life support area used by coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 16, 2021. From left: Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Terry, Senior Master Sgt. Mark Tanner, Chief Master Sgt. Charles Bowen, Master Sgt. Charles Randle, Senior Master Sgt. Charles Talbert, Senior Master Sgt. Martin Gladden, Master Sgt. Robert Woodard, Senior Master Sgt. Burman Jones, Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Orr, Senior Master Sgt. Michael Puck.

Swamp Foxes end expeditionary force rotation in Saudi Arabia
July 19, 2021
South Carolina Air National Guard personnel return home July 16, 2021, to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, after a three-month deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “Swamp Fox” Airmen projected combat power and bolstered defensive capabilities against potential threats in the region.

SCNG helps provide free medical care in Midwest training
June 22, 2021
South Carolina Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Destiny Sims, left, 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, helps provide free dental care in Metropolis, Illinois, June 16, 2021. Operation Healthy Delta is a Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program that provides key services in underserved communities while offering training for military personnel.

South Carolina Air National Guard turns 74
December 9, 2020
The first roll call of the South Carolina Air National Guard on Dec. 9, 1946.

Cargo aircraft turned rescue platform for astronaut recovery
November 20, 2020
Hawaii Air National Guard pilots from the 154th Operations Group and 204th Airlift Squadron review mission plans on a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 13, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard aircrew was supported by active-duty Airmen from the 15th Wing, who provided logistical and planning support for a contingency rescue operation for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Resilience is key for new psychological health director
June 30, 2020
Resilience is the focus of Rico Brown, the new director of psychological health for the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, June 24, 2020.