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A photo of Steve Hughes, Military Child Education Coalition trainer, leads a SPARC class April 18, 2018, in Mountain Home, Idaho. SPARC focuses on supporting student's educational experience and bringing out their potential. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Finding a military child’s ‘SPARC’
Base and local community members came together during the Month of the Military Child to attend the Military Child Education Coalition’s SPARC class in Mountain Home, April 18, 2018. SPARC (Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness and Confidence) is one of many classes MCEC trainers teach on. It’s focus is supporting student educational experience, helping them reach their goals and live their dreams.
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Tech. Sgt. Brent Watkins, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter tends to a simulated injury during an exercise April 5, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Major Accident Response Exercise tested first responders on dealing with a downed aircraft and securing large numbers of people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Gunfighters conduct MARE exercise
Members of the 366th Fighter Wing combined their efforts to tackle a Major Accident Response Exercise here April 5, 2018. The simulated incident centered around a jet striking a bird and crashing into a second jet parked on the ground. Once the aircraft was downed, first responders immediately jumped into action and took control of the situation.
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United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Nick Molina builds his shelter into the hours of darkness during winter survival training Mar. 13, 2018, on Snowbank Mountain, Idaho. The training tested student's resiliance and taught skills for cold weather survival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Marines battle the elements with SERE
Imagine the most miserable, cold weather conditions Mother Nature could throw at you. Low temperatures, rain, sleet, hail, snow and a wind chill that leaves the temperature sitting right around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Those conditions created a beautifully miserable atmosphere for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape winter survival training course on Snowbank Mountain.
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Staff Sgt. Steven Watkins and Military Working Dog, Onyx, pose for a photo in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker during a deployment. While deployed, the pair worked with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal uni and a Navy Seals unit. Watkins’ Journey
As a child, Staff Sgt. Steven Watkins remembers tagging along with his dad to St. Louis to fulfill his Air National Guard duty requirements. Growing up, his grandfather raised hunting dogs, which peaked his interest and love for dogs.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle taxis down the runway during Gunfighter Flag 18-1 Dec. 13, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gunfighter Flag 18-1 took place Dec. 11-15, simulating joint service operations that might be encountered in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Military branches come together for combat training
The 366th Fighter Wing is located in the middle of nowhere in southern Idaho, nearly an hour away from a large city. Not exactly the description of a place one would expect military forces from every U.S. service and foreign allies would be excited to visit. In reality, Mountain Home’s 110,000 acre range provides an ideal training setting with one of the biggest air spaces in the country, and exercises like Gunfighter Flag that accommodate joint service combat training to simulate deployed situations.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off during Gunfighter Flag Dec. 11, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gunfighter Flag is a quarterly training exercise bringing multiple military branches to the Saylor Creek range for joint training oppertunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Gunfighter Flag 18-1 kicks off
Mountain Home is hosting its quarterly Gunfighter Flag exercise Dec. 11-15. Gunfighter Flag 18-1 simulates joint service operations that might be encountered in a deployed environment.
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A 389th Fighter Squadron pilot participates in a mobility bag check for the Phase I exercise, Oct. 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. A Phase I exercise is designed to prepare Airmen for short-notice deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno) Airmen prepare for deployment in phase 1 exercise
The 366th Fighter Wing tested its ability to prepare for a deployment in a moment’s notice this week with its first Phase 1 exercise in almost three years.
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Tech Sgt. Isaac Denton, 366th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist recovers his gear in a simulated landing during Combat Survival Training August 17, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. SERE specialist’s primary mission is to support air crew by teaching them the best methods of survival in the event they need to eject. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff/Released) SERE: Ready For Anything
Survival, evasion, resistance and escape training has been around since the end of World War II, preparing airmen for any situation life can throw at them. Today, SERE Specialists Staff Sgt. Cassidy Steffen and Tech Sgt. Isaac Denton ensure that Mountain Home pilots are fit to fight when things get dicey.
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Default Air Force Logo Gunfighter Priority #1: Generate F-15 Sorties
When I established our number one priority for the 366th Fighter Wing, I could have said "Fly Fighters!" It's bold and looks great on a bumper sticker. I think it falls far short of the real story. After all, military and civilian organizations all over the world fly fighters. What makes us different...what makes us better: Gunfighters Generate F-15 Sorties.
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Lt Col. Gary Marlowe, 389th Fighter Squadron commander sees his family as he returns from a deployment April 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The six month deployment was incredibly successful for the 389th, where they dropped the most munitions of any single absent deployment in history. A T-Bolt's last ride
In April the 389th Fighter Squadron "Thunderbolts" returned here from a six-month deployment in Southwest Asia. As the 20 or so F-15E Strike Eagles taxied in from the runway, the first to come to a stop was that of 389th FS Commander, Lt. Col. Gary Marlowe. He and approximately 500 airmen from the 389th FS, 389th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and other support units spent their time overseas in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
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