Air National Guard conducting exercise over Florence Thursday

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Air National Guard is conducting an air defense exercise Thursday near Florence.

Fighter jets assigned to the SCANG's 169th Fighter Wing might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft from the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol between 9:30 and 11 a.m.

"Such exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure the rapid response capability associated with the SCANG's Aerospace Control Alert mission," SCANG officials stated in a news release. "The McEntire unit is a critical component of the strategic force that is poised 24/7 to respond to airborne threats over the United States."

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