McEntire Joint National Guard Base

McEntire Joint National Guard Base
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Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield Congaree
Congaree Army Airfield
Part of South Carolina Air National Guard (SC ANG)
Located near: Eastover, South Carolina
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169th Fighter Wing - F-16
KMMT is located in South Carolina
KMMT
KMMT
Location of McEntire Joint National Guard Base
Coordinates33°55′15″N 080°48′04″W / 33°55′15″N 080°48′04″W / McEntire ANGB)
Site information
Controlled byUS-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Site history
Built1943
In use1943-Present
Garrison information
Garrison169th Fighter Wing.png 169th Fighter Wing
Airfield information
Summary
Elevation www.169fw.ang.af.mil
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
5/232,020616Asphalt
14/329,0172,748PEM
18/364,5001,372Concrete
C-130 Taking off from McEntire
F-104As on the ramp at McEntire

McEntire Joint National Guard Base or McEntire JNGB (IATA: MMT, ICAO: KMMT, FAA LID: MMT) is a military airport located in Richland County, South Carolina, United States, 10 miles (16 km) west of the town of Eastover and approximately 15 miles southeast of the city of Columbia. It is owned by the U.S. Air Force affiliated with the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG).

The base is named for the late Brigadier General Barnie B. McEntire, Jr., the first commander of the SCANG and its first general officer. McEntire died on 25 May 1961 when he rode his malfunctioning F-104 Starfighter into the Susquehanna River to avoid crashing in the populated area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The South Carolina Air National Guard was formed in December 1946. Today 1,250 members train at McEntire JNGS. About 900 of those are traditional Guard men and women. About 300 are full-time federal employees (technicians). About 50 are state employees (some of them are also traditional Guard members). The 169th Fighter Wing is the primary unit of the SCANG.

Units

The host wing for the installation is the 169th Fighter Wing, which, as an Air National Guard organization, is operationally gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC)

169th Fighter Wing contains:

  • 169th Operations Group
  • 169th Maintenance Group
    • 169th Maintenance Squadron
    • 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
    • 169th Maintenance Operations Flight
  • 169th Medical Group
  • 169th Mission Support Group
    • 169th Force Support Squadron
    • 169th Communications Flight
    • 169th Security Forces Squadron
    • 169th Civil Engineer Squadron
    • 169th Logistics Readiness Squadron