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U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Eric Gleason, assigned to USCG Air Station Atlantic City, talks with Lt. Col. Andrew Thorne, 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, following an Aerospace Control Alert familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Southeast ACA Conference June 5. The 169th Fighter Wing, in close coordination with the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, the Eastern Air Defense Sector and the Federal Aviation Administration, hosted the Southeast Aerospace Control Alert Conference at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., June 5-7. The conference was a total-team training initiative to improve homeland defense capabilities by developing techniques with joint forces during small-scale exercises. This conference consisted of South Carolina Air National Guard 169th FW F-16 fighter jets, U.S. Coast Guard Rotary Wing Air Intercept Squadron MH-65D Dolphin helicopters from USCG Air Station Atlantic City and South Carolina Wing Civil Air Patrol aircraft and crews to hone their skills with tactical-level air-intercept procedures. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder)