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In Eastover, our primary mission is the Fighter mission, which involves air-to-air and air-to-ground operations designed to support ground forces and to gain control of enemy airspace. In addition we perform the Air Traffic Control mission.
The 169th Fighter Wing, located at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, SC, was the first Guard unit in the nation to be assigned the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The 169th continues to fly and maintain the most advanced F-16 in the Air Force inventory and remains the most respected F-16 Wing in the country. We have participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, and have flown in support of Operations Northern and Southern Watch.
The 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron operates out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base located in Eastover, South Carolina. The mission of the 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron includes air traffic control of the 169th Fighter Wing's F-16 aircraft and all air traffic at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.