McEntire Joint National Guard Base
McEntire Joint National Guard Base or McEntire JNGB is a military airport that covers around 2,400-acres. It is owned by the U.S. Air Force affiliated with the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG). The McEntire JNGB is the the location where the 1,500 members of the South Carolina Air National Guard Airmen work and drill.
Fort Jackson, as the U.S. Army’s main production center for Basic Combat Training, trains 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Providing the Army with trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors who espouse the Army’s core values and are focused on teamwork is the post’s primary mission. Accomplishing that mission means training in excess of 36,000 basic training and 8,000 advanced individual training Soldiers every year.
The post has other missions as well. Fort Jackson is home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Armed Forces Army Chaplaincy Center and School and the National Center for Credibility Assessment (formerly the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute). It also is home to the Army’s Drill Sergeant School, which trains all active and Reserve instructors.