McEntire Air National Guard Station (ANGS)
McEntire Air National Guard Station (ANGS) is located approximately 16 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. The 2,400-acre base is owned by the US Government and is operated by the South Carolina Air National Guard. McEntire ANGS owns 2,344 acres and leases approximately 64 acres from the State of South Carolina. Additionally, there is a small parcel of privately owned land within the base boundary; however, neither the leased land nor the privately owned land contain utilities.
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 base is home to the 169th Fighter Wing, which flies the F-16 multi-role fighter. An Army National Guard aviation unit is also a tenant on the base.
The base has a total 95 buildings: 90 industrial, 4 administrative and one services totaling 263,000 square feet. There is no family or transient housing. New facilities under construction include an addition to the avionics building (2,500 square feet) and replacement of the air traffic control tower and aircraft support equipment facility (14,600 square feet total). Additionally, seven facilities totaling approximately 21,000 square feet were demolished in FY 2001. There are 550 full-time ANG personnel on base which increases to 1300 one weekend per month. Additionally, there is a small cadre of Army personnel on base, increasing to 400 every other weekend.
McEntire Air National Guard Station is named for the late Brigadier General Barnie B. McEntire, Jr., the first commander of the S.C. Air Guard and its first general officer. General McEntire died in May 1961 when he rode his malfunctioning F-104 into the Susquehannah River to avoid crashing in the populated area of Harrisburg, PA. The base was previously known as Congaree Air Base and was used in World War II as a U.S. Marine Corps training base.
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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