4 inch 157TH FIGHTER SQ SWAMP FOX Patch – Sew On
The 157th Fighter Squadron (157 FS) is a unit of the South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing located at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Columbia, South Carolina. The 157th FS is one of the few Air National Guard squadrons to operate the HARM Targeting System (HTS)-equipped F-16C Block 52 Fighting Falcon, also known as the F-16CJ.
Constituted as 350th Fighter Squadron on 29 September 1942
Activated on 1 October 1942
Inactivated on 18 October 1945.
Re-designated: 157th Fighter Squadron, and allotted to South Carolina ANG, on 24 May 1946
Extended federal recognition on 9 December 1946
Federalized and ordered to active service on: 10 October 1950
Re-designated: 157th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10 October 1951
Relieved from active duty and returned to South Carolina State Control: 9 July 1952
Re-designated: 157th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 November 1952
Re-designated: 157th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 5 September 1957
Federalized and ordered to active service on: 1 November 1961
Relieved from active duty and returned to South Carolina State Control: 15 August 1962
Re-designated: 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 April 1975
Federalized and ordered to active service on: 29 December 1990
Deployed elements designated: 157th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Provisional), 29 December 1990
Relieved from active duty and returned to South Carolina State Control: 22 July 1991
Re-designated: 157th Fighter Squadron on 15 March 1992 – present
Components designated as: 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron when deployed as part of an Air and Space Expeditionary unit after June 1996.