Published June 26, 2008
The 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base operates, maintains and develops the Mountain Home Range Complex comprised of 7,400 square miles of associated airspace and 122,000 acres of land space used for two air-to-ground training ranges, five no-drop target complexes and 30 multi-size electronic combat sites. The MHRC supports unit-level and composite force training providing aircrews a realistic training environment to hone their combat skills. In addition, mission activities such as search and rescue training, survival training, convoy escort training and ground based air defense radar threat simulation occur on the land space areas of the MHRC. While primarily used by active duty units from Mountain Home AFB and air national guard units from Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, the MHRC also supports other Air Force and Department of Defense users across the nation.
The primary air-to-ground training ranges are Saylor Creek Range, located 12 miles east of Bruneau, Idaho, and Juniper Butte Range, located 37 miles southeast of Bruneau, Idaho. Saylor Creek Range was established in 1954 and Juniper Butte Range was established in 1998. The training range's impact areas consist of approximately 24,000 acres of exclusive use area land. The ranges provide aircrews a realistic layout of simulated targets similar to those they might encounter during actual combat, such as an airfield, an industrial complex and radar, missile, gun and artillery sites. Although only inert training ordnance is dropped on the ranges, these munitions still pose a potential hazard to personnel and public access is not authorized on the ranges at anytime. The impact areas of the air-to-ground ranges are fenced off and warning signs are posted approximately every 600 feet. There are approximately 97,000 acres of Air Force owned, joint-use land around Saylor Creek Range where public access is permitted.
Since Saylor Creek Range has been in operation for more than 50 years, there exists a small potential to find ordnance off the impact area. While today's aircraft are highly accurate, aircraft flown 30 to 50 years ago weren't as accurate and, periodically, training ordnance was dropped off the impact area. Normally that ordnance was immediately picked up, but there still exists a small potential to find surface or subsurface ordnance. If you are in a public area near the range and find any objects that look like unexploded ordnance, do not move or disturb the object. Note the location, including directions, any landmarks, or other features that would aid in locating the object. Leave the hazard area and immediately report the object to the 366th FW Public Affairs Office at 828-6800 or the 366th FW Command Post at 828-5800.