TBolts shock ‘em downrange

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold
  • 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Gunfighter Airmen assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron and Fighter Generation Squadron deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia the last week of September.

The “Thunderbolts” will support U.S. Central Command priorities and execute missions of local, regional and global importance in a critical strategic theater.

"In lead up to this deployment, the 389th Fighter Squadron TBolts conducted the most robust spin-up plan I've seen in four F-15E ops tours," said Lt Col Beacher "Magnus" Webb, 389th FS commander. "This team is ready to provide dominant airpower in a wide array of critical roles in a challenging area of responsibility. TBolt Airmen will add to the proud history of the Gunfighters and the 389th over the next six months."

TBolt aircrew will fly close air support and defensive counter air missions to deter regional adversaries and strengthen resolute partnerships through their presence and capabilities.

"The Gunfighters are ready to take to the skies in any situation and the Thunderbolts have shown, through rigorous training and dynamic exercises, that they are ready to execute any air tasking order received and serve as a force multiplier for combatant commanders," said Col. Ernesto DiVittorio, 366th Fighter Wing commander. "America's 'TBolt' Airmen are also critical in strengthening vital alliances and partnerships overseas as the United States continues security and stabilization operations in the United States Central Command area of responsibility."

The Thunderbolts are only a portion of the lethal force that calls Mountain Home Air Force Base home. The 391st FS and FGS Bold Tigers remain ready to respond to the nation’s call and are continuing to develop lead wing capabilities in line with Air Force and National Defense Strategy priorities.

"This recent deployment would not be possible without the tireless work of the Gunfighters’ home station; as well as the friends, families, and community members that support our deployers," said DiVittorio. "It takes everyone, working as a team, to ensure the Gunfighters are ready to face America's challenges. The invaluable contributions of everyone at Mountain Home Air Force Base and our surrounding community ensured the safe deployment of the Thunderbolts."