Mountain Home

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Location

Located on a high-desert plateau between two large mountain ranges, Mountain Home AFB is situated about 50 miles southeast of Boise, 10 miles west of Mountain Home is in a high desert with very little surrounding population, it is 90 miles northwest of Twin Falls, Idaho. The city of Mountain Home has a population of approximately 11,500.  Mountain Home Air Force Base is  approximately 3,000 feet above sea level, the climate has its ups and downs with summer high temperatures ranging 85-100 degrees F and lows hovering between 45-60 degrees F.  Winter high temperatures average 45 degrees F, with lows averaging about 24 degrees F. Phone Numbers:  Com(208) 828-2071 Toll free number:  1-800-310-9924
Command Post DSN 728-2071

Major Command:  ACC

History

At about the same time the 366th Fighter Group was started, June 1942, construction plans began in Idaho for Mountain Home AFB.  The land cost only $1 or $2 an acre and construction began in November 1942.  Mountain Home Army Air Field officially opened Aug 7, 1943.  World War II ended and the mission at Mountain Home reverted to B-24 training.  In October 1945, the base was placed on inactive status.  The base remained inactive until December 1948 when it hosted the 5th Reconnaissance Group and then the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, flying the RB-17.  When the Air Force became an independent service, the base was renamed Mountain Home Air Force Base.  In 1953, the base was transferred to Strategic Air Command, which assigned its 9th Bombardment Wing to Mountain Home AFB.  In 1959 construction of three Titan missile sites began in the local area.  The missile sites remained active for only three years.  Control of Mountain Home AFB passed from Strategic Air Command to Tactical Air Command in January 1966.  With this change, the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing replaced the 9th Strategic Aerospace Wing. The 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, equipped with F-111Fs, replaced the 67th as host unit of the base in May 1971. The 347th had a short stay at Mountain Home, conducting F-111F training until October 1972.  Upon arrival, the 366th absorbed all people and equipment from the 347th.The 366th received F-111A aircraft from Nellis AFB NV.  The Air Force announced plans to place EF-111A aircraft at Mountain Home AFB in March 1980,  with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing training F-111A and EF-111A aircrews while maintaining combat readiness in both aircraft. In early 1991, the Air Force announced that the 366th would become the Air Force's premier air intervention composite wing.  The air intervention composite wing's rapid transition from concept to reality began in October 1991, when it was designated the 366th Wing.  The wing's new fighter squadrons were activated as part of the composite wing in March 1992.  The 389th began flying the dual-role F-16C Fighting Falcon, while the 391st was equipped with the deadly nighttime fighter-bomber, F-15E Strike Eagle.  These two squadrons provide Gunfighters round-the-clock precision capability.  The wing received its air superiority aircraft, F-15Cs, in September 1992.  With its internal 20mm cannon and air-to-air missiles, the F-15C protects the wing's high-value assets from enemy air threats.  The wing also gained the 22d Air Refueling Squadron, equipped with the KC-135R.  These tankers give the air intervention composite wing its ability to deploy globally at a moment's notice.  The wing gained the 34th Bomb Squadron with their B-1B aircraft, April 1994 and began the beddown of the aircraft from Ellsworth AFB SD to Mountain Home AFB in August 1996. The 34th Bomb squadron (B-1B bombers) and the 22nd Air refueling Squadron (KC-135 tankers)were deactivated in the summer of 2002, leaving the wing with the the F-15E, F-15C and the F-16CJ type aircraft. After the 366th Wing's success at Operation Provide Comfort, the wing's mission changed from an air intervention composite wing to an air expeditionary wing on Jan 1, 1997.  On 27 Sep 2002, the Wing took on the designation of the 366th Fighter Wing and became a member of an air expeditionary force.For the past 50 years both Mountain Home AFB and the 366th Fighter Wing have played vital roles in this nation's defense.  Now, together as partners, they forge ahead as the leading edge of airpower into the next century.

Mission: The 366th Fighter Wing is a member of an air expeditionary force. The Wing blends the firepower of F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and the F-16CJ Fighting Falcons, to form a cohesive aerial strike force.

Population Served:
Population: Active Duty:  4,500
Family Members:  6,000
Retirees:  7,000
Civilian Employees:  650

Sponsorship: Upon notification of your pending assignment here, you should have been assigned a sponsor from your new unit.  If you don't have a sponsor and need one, or if you have not heard from your sponsor and you are in the United States, call your gaining unit's orderly room, the listing is in this guide, if overseas, the POC is located in the MPF, 366MSS/DPMAE DSN 728-2251 COM: (208) 828-2251. If you arrive at Mountain Home AFB by commercial limousine, you should call your sponsor from the Visitor Center, located next to the main gate.  Your sponsor or unit representative will arrange transportation onto the base. If you arrive by taxi, present your military ID card to the main gate and the taxi will be allowed on base to take you to the Military Personnel Flight, 366 Gunfighter Ave., Suite 302, or lodging during non-duty hours, 445 Falcon St.  If you arrive by private auto, and it doesn't have a DD Form 2220 (base decal) on the bumper, you will need to get a temporary vehicle pass at the Visitor Center which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Military Personnel Flight customer service section is the focal point for personnel information and serves as an initial point of contact between you and other Military Personnel Flight offices. Please contact your gaining unit for up to date information on housing and spouse employment in the local area, since changes occur quite often and both can be difficult to find.

Temporary Quarters

The Sagebrush Hotel(Lodging), 445 Falcon St., a 24-hour facility, has 98 rooms for TDY people and 16 temporary lodging facilities in the base housing area for PCS people.  Advance reservations are highly encouraged to ensure room space.  If there is no available space in the TLFs, you will have the option of getting a non-availability slip and staying in a local motel or staying in the transient quarters, (if available) which have single beds and shared bathrooms.  It is usually your decision on where you stay.  The cost of a motel room in the local area is quite expensive, so please look at your budget in making this determination.  Pets are not allowed in the Transient Lodging Facilities, or transient quarters.

Relocation Assistance

The Family Support Center is the place to stop upon your arrival, base maps, local phone books, internet availability and much information on the local area is available to you. Money is a concern of everyone, whether it be an airman basic or a colonel.  Variable housing rates at Mountain Home AFB are very minimal, and the cost of housing is rising all the time.  Personal money management habits need to be incheck at all times to be successful.  For assistance see the Personal Financial Money Management person at the Family Support Center.

Critical Installation Information

If you are arriving during the school year and you have school age children, you will need your children's shot records and school records available to you.  For further information call the school district office.  They can answer all your specific school related questions. There is only one school district which includes Mountain Home and Mountain Home AFB in the local area.

Housing your pets immediately upon arrival is always a concern. There are a few kennels located in Mountain Home itself. If you plan on arriving during the weekend, make arrangements prior to your arrival since the kennels are normally closed. All dogs and cats on base must be registered and immunized against rabies.  Members residing in base housing are allowed TWO pets only.

If you want to forward your mail to Mountain Home AFB please address it as follows:  Your name, General Delivery, Mountain Home AFB, ID 83648-5000.

A major concern for people arriving from the eastern United States or any other large metropolis areas are our long deserted roads, gas stations and other facilities are not always readily available, be prepared for emergencies, pack accordingly.

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