Mountian Home Air Force Base

366th Fighter Wing

Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 83648

Air Force

ABOUT

Mountain Home Air Force Base is located on a high-desert plateau between two large mountain ranges and is situated about 50 miles southeast of Boise, and 90 miles northwest of Twin Falls, Idaho. The city of Mountain Home is located just 12 miles northeast is the largest city in the county of Elmore County, Idaho. Mountain Home began as a post office at Rattlesnake Station, about 7 miles east of the the present-day city. Rattlesnake Station was situated at the junction of the Oregon Trail and the old Kelton (Utah) Boise stage coach road. In 1883, when the Oregon Short Line Railroad arrived, the city center was moved from its original location to its current home.

Mountain Home AFB is home to the 366th Fighter Wing with the mission to “develop and deploy combat-ready Airmen, take care of Gunfighters and protect and enhance our resources.” The 366th Fighter Wing blends the firepower of the F-15C Eagles and the F-15E Strike Eagles, to form a cohesive aerial strike force.

Construction of Mountain Home AFB began in 1942 with the intention of consolidating military power in the United States. In August of 1943 the base became operational under the command of the US Army Air Corps. Combat training missions began immediately, with the first base residents being the 396th Heavy Bombardment Group. Airmen were to train with the formidable B-17 Flying Fortress, but plans changed almost immediately. The 369th Heavy Bombardment Group was transferred to the Moses Lake Army Airfield in Washington.

The 470th Heavy Bombardment Group quickly filled the vacancy and began training with the B-24 Liberator. The unit remained stationed at Mountain Home until 1944, when it was moved to Tonopah Army Air Field in Nevada. The 490th Heavy Bombardment Group quickly transferred into Mountain Home and continued training with B-24 Liberators until their deployment to Royal Army Airfield Eye in England. The final World War II era unit to rotate into Mountain Home was the 494th Heavy Bombardment Group, which remained through the close of hostilities in Japan. Following the surrender of Japan, the base was deactivated and assets were transferred. The base remained dormant for three years until 1948, when it was brought back into active status under control of the newly formed Untied States Air Force.

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ARRIVAL

The closest airport is Boise Air Terminal located 51.4 miles from base.

Directions from Boise Airport:
Get on I-84 E from W Wright St
Follow I-84 E to I-84BL E in Elmore County
Take exit 90 from I-84 E
Take NW Bypass Rd and W 6th S St/Airbase Rd to 1st Ave in Mountain Home Air Force Base

If you arrive at Mountain Home by commercial limousine, you should call your sponsor from the Visitor Center, at the main gate. Your sponsor or unit representative will arrange transportation onto the base or the base taxi can be reached at 208-828-2215. If you arrive by taxi, the taxi driver must be sponsored onto the installation by the military member through the Visitor Center, Mon-Fri 0730- 1630 (excluding holidays and family days). Outside of the hours listed above, visitor passes may be obtained at the main gate or call 208-828-2256 for assistance.

Your sponsor can be a valuable help to you during your in-processing and should be the first person you contact when you arrive here. Your sponsor will be able to answer many of your questions about the base and the local community, as well as in-processing. In-processing sign-in takes place with your unit Command Support Staff (CSS) during normal duty hours. All of your processing and mandatory appointments will be scheduled for you through your CSS. In most cases, your base orientation and training program will be completed within 15 workdays after your arrival.

Military Personnel Section (MPS) customer service section, Bldg 512, suite 137 is the focal point for personnel information and serves as an initial point of contact between you and other MPS offices. The customer service staff can also provide information and/or assistance with applications for humanitarian reassignment/deferment, permissive reassignment, application for separation, assignment preferences, as well as ID card applications and other personnel-related services.

If you arrive after duty hours or on the weekend, report to the Sagebrush Inn for temporary housing and more detailed information on what to do.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

Students must be 5 by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Idaho Code 33-201 states that public schools are open to all children of “school age” (between the ages of 5 and 21 years). Children must turn 5 on or before September 1st to be considered “of school age”.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Mountain Home District Schools

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
 

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Idaho Department of Children and Families  (800) 356-9868
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

 

Idaho Department of Health  (800) 632-8000

 

Idaho Humane Society  (208) 342-3508

 

Idaho Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (208) 334-8000

Base Operator (208) 832-4353

Chaplain (208) 828-6417

Civilian Personnel Office (208) 828-3822

Housing Services Office (208) 828-2781

Legal Services and JAG (208) 828-2238

Medical Appointments (208) 828-7900

Suicide Prevention Hotline (208) 828-0911

Housing

Our privatized housing consists of 621 Junior NCO units that vary between 76 – 4 bedrooms, 277 – 3 bedrooms, and 268 – 2 bedrooms; 76 Senior NCO units that vary between 27 – 4 bedrooms, and 49 – 3 bedrooms; 85 Company Grade units that vary between 25 – 4 bedrooms, and 60 – 3 bedrooms; 62 Field Grade units that vary between 26 – 4 bedrooms, and 36 – 3 bedrooms.

Boise
53.5 miles from base

Boise is a large town with many different housing options available.

Grand View
17.1 miles from base

Grand View is a quiet, rural town with many outdoor activities to enjoy and different housing options available.

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Community

At Mountain Home Air Force Base, the summers are short, hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 95°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 102°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Mountain Home Air Force Base for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Compared to other cities in Idaho and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Mountain Home, ID is 88, which is 6% lower than the Idaho average and 12% lower than that for the entire country.

Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Mountain Home, ID are 2% lower than the average for Idaho and 7% lower than the rest of the country.

Welcome to Idaho! Located in the southwest part of the state, Elmore County is a mountainous area with elevations up to 10,651 feet. The county seat and largest city, Mountain Home, is also the home of Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Elmore County has a rich history and offers many historical and cultural attractions, plus modern amenities. Outdoor activities such as fishing, rock climbing, hiking, golfing, sailing, snowmobiling and camping are abundant.


There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from the Oregon Trail and its Three Island river crossing to the great outdoors and country music at the Mountain Home Country Music Festival.

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