COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard are conducting an air defense exercise along the coast.

Guard Senior Master Sergeant Edward Snyder says people might see fighter jets escorting a civilian aircraft Thursday over the North Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas.

Snyder says the Air National Guard exercise includes members of the 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover.

The jets are escorting a single-engine aircraft belonging to the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol.

Snyder says the members of the F-16 wing coordinate their exercises with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The exercise is required so Guard members may train how to respond to airborne threats over the United States.