Mountian Home Air Force Base
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.
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 inprocessing 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 inprocessing. Inprocessing 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.
The population at Mountain Home AFB is roughly 4,500 active duty, 6,000 family members, 7,000 retirees, and 650 civilian employees.