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Combat Shield inspection

Senior Airman Brock Latham, inspector from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., removes a testing device from one of the South Carolina Air National Guard’s F-16 Fighting Falcons at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Jan. 18, 2017. The electronic warfare systems used on S.C. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons underwent an annual Combat Shield inspection; ensuring testing and maintenance requirements are properly conducted. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Megan Floyd)

Combat Shield inspection

Staff Sgt. Timothy Harris-Bey, left, and Senior Airman Brock Latham, right, both inspectors from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., run tests on one of the South Carolina Air National Guard’s F-16 Fighting Falcons at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Jan. 18. The electronic warfare systems used on S.C. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons underwent the annual inspection; ensuring testing and maintenance requirements are properly conducted. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Megan Floyd)

Combat Shield inspection

Tech. Sgt. Jessie Pickrell, a Combat Shield inspector from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., evaluate the avionics systems on an F-16 Fighting Falcon with the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Jan. 18. The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s F-16 Avionics shop received its annual Combat Shield evaluation. Combat Shield evaluates the reliability of the jet’s radar threat warning system, electronic countermeasure, and high-speed anti-radiation missile targeting system pods. Each component is crucial to the success of the F-16 fighter pilot in combat situations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Megan Floyd)