In 2006, the Swamp Foxes were preparing for an Operational Readiness Inspection, the most important peacetime evaluation of the unit's combat readiness. The purpose of the exercise is to get people, jets, and equipment from the base into theater so the mission against the enemy can be accomplished. Troops are first evaluated on how they bug out and, second, how they treat the casualties through self-aid and buddy care. In combat--even simulated combat-- first aid and medical care are essential.
The South Carolina Air National Guard's mission has not changed from the intent of those who gathered at the first muster December 9, 1946. The opportunities for a young person, when they join the Air National Guard, are limitless.
Listen to many testimonials from active and retired Air National Guard.