History of the Wing

Mountain Home AFB and the 366th Fighter Wing have a rich history that stretches back more than 50 years to the United States' entry into World War II. Although the wing itself was not activated until after World War II, it shares the World War II heritage of the 366th Operations Group, whose precursor organization, the 366th Fighter Group, stood up about the same time the base was being built. In early 1991, the Air Force announced that the 366th would become the Air Force's premier "air intervention" composite wing. Over the next decade the wing operated with fighters, bombers and tankers.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the consolidation of the Air Force's KC-135 and B-1 force led to the reallocation of the wing's bombers and tankers to McConnell AFB, Kansas, and Ellsworth AFB, S.D. The wing was also home to F-16CJ Fighter Falcon aircraft from 1991 to March 2007. The F-16CJs left the base in another effort to consolidate from multiple airframes to one at Air Force installations across the country.

The "Gunfighter" Nickname Origin

We earned our distinguished nickname in 1967 when the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing was stationed at Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. Aircrew were missing opportunities to shoot down enemy aircraft because there were no machine guns installed on the F-4C Phantom II and it's missiles were ineffective at short ranges. However, wing aircrew and maintainers came up with a solution to mount 20-millimeter Gatling gun pods on the F-4C's. This innovation proved to be successful and resulted in the wing earning a Presidential Unit Citation and the nickname of "the Gunfighters."

Current Operations & Organizations

The 366th Fighter Wing has the firepower of more than 50 F-15E Strike Eagle and 12 Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG aircraft. The wing population consists of approximately 5,100 military and civilian members in addition to 3,500 family members.

The wing is home to three fighter squadrons:
  • The 389th Fighter Squadron (389th FS) Thunderbolts or T-Bolts
  • The 391st Fighter Squadron (391st FS) Tigers
  • The Republic of Singapore 428th Fighter Squadron (428th FS) Buccaneers.
The 726th Air Control Squadron (726th ACS) is a tenant unit of the 366th Operations Group. They are a Control and Reporting Center (CRC) and responsible for mobile, decentralized command and control of joint operations by conducting threat warnings, battle management, theater missile defense, among many other things.

The 266th Range Squadron (266th RANS), an active Air National Guard unit tenant assigned to Mountain Home AFB, controls and maintains emitter sites providing our aircrews with electronic simulations of ground-based air defense threats within the 7,412-square mile operational training range located in southern Idaho called the Mountain Home Range Complex (MHRC).
 
The 390th Electronic Combat Squadron (390th ECS) Wild Boars are located at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. The Wild Boars operate as a geographically separated unit (GSU) attached to the 366th Operations Group. They're responsible for the suppression of enemy air defenses in support of expeditionary aircraft and ground troops by disrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence.

Mission Statement & Priorities

Our Mission
Provide mission-ready Gunfighters to conduct military operations anytime, anywhere.

Our Vision
To be the Nation’s most lethal and agile lead wing. One team consisting of empowered, innovative, and resilient Gunfighters.

Mission Priorities
Lethality
People
Cultivate Trust
Deliberate Development