169th Fighter Wing [169th FW]
The South Carolina Air National Guard was formed in December 1946 and today is made up of 1,300 members who train at McEntire ANG Station. The 2,400-acre base is located about 12 miles east of Columbia.
The S.C. Air National Guard has also flown the P-51, A-26, F-80, F-86, T-33, C-45, C-47, C-54, C-131, F-104, F-102, T-29, A-7D, F-16A and F-16C.
The South Carolina Air National Guard has been called to active military service three times in its 44-year history. In 1950, SCANG members were called to serve for the Korean War, and its members served at various installations both in the United States and abroad. In late 1961, the S.C. Air National Guard was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis, and the 169th Tactical Fighter Group was stationed at Moron, Spain. Most recently, in late 1990, units of the South Carolina Air National Guard were activated and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID. The 366th Fighter Wing would distribute assigned F-16 Block 52 aircraft to the 169th Fighter Wing McEntire AGS, SC (nine aircraft) and 2 other locations.
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