F-16 dedicated as McEntire entrance

McENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE - Members of the South Carolina National Guard dedicated an F-16 fighter jet as part of a new display at its post

A full-size Fighting Falcon warplane mounted on display was dedicated Friday. It is at the entrance to the base, about 15 miles southeast of Columbia.

The display honors past members of the 169th Fighter Wing, which is the primary unit of the South Carolina Air National Guard.

About 1,200 men and women train at the base, which is holding an open house and air-ground expo in about a week.

The S.C. Air National Guard has flown F-16s since 1983, with 2,000 combat missions in the first Iraq war and more than 600 missions in the more recent conflicts involving both Iraq and Afghanistan.