Nestled between the Danskin and Owyhee mountains, Mountain Home Air Force Base is situated about 50 miles southeast of Boise and 90 miles northwest of Twin Falls, Idaho. The base is in Elmore County, 12 miles southwest of the city of Mountain Home, Idaho, at nearly 3,000 feet above sea level.
Mountain Home AFB is home of the 366th Fighter Wing. Its four subordinate groups fly, maintain or support more than 50 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft at the 389th and 391st fighter squadrons. An additional 12 F-15SG Strike Eagles belong to the Republic of Singapore’s 428th Fighter Squadron operating at Mountain Home AFB as a mission partner under the Peace Carvin V program.
Mountain Home AFB and the 366th Fighter Winger have a rich history, stretching back more than 70 years to the United States’ entry into World War II. The “Gunfighter” nickname was earned in 1967, while the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing was stationed at Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. Pilots were missing opportunities to shoot down enemy MiGs because their missiles were ineffective at short ranges and the F-4C lacked a gun. However, innovative wing aircrew and maintainers worked together to mount external 20 mm Gatling gun pods on the wings of the F-4Cs and developed new tactics, enabling pilots to score four MiG kills within the first month of operation.
Today, Mountain Home AFB’s Gunfighters stand ready to meet the expeditionary needs of Air Combat Command, achieving the 366th Fighter Wing’s vision to be the nation’s premiere combat wing; a cohesive team enhancing our nation’s combat capability while building upon a legacy of innovative Gunfight excellence.
According to the fiscal 2015 economic impact statement, the base has approximately 3,364 active-duty and reserve military members, 910 civilian members and 4,303 family members.
Mountain Home Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal 2015 totaled approximately $342 million. It created 2,127 jobs in fiscal 2015.