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First fighter jet orientation flight

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation pose for a photo at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. Gibson was presented with a flight certificate and a U.S. flag that was flown over the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation pose for a photo at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. Gibson was presented with a flight certificate and a U.S. flag that was flown over the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation poses for a photo with his family at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. During the flight Gibson was able fly over the flightline and wave to the business council members and family. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation poses for a photo with his family at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. During the flight Gibson was able fly over the flightline and wave to the business council members and family. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. During the orientaion flight O'Donnell took Gibson all around the airspace. (U.S. Air Force by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. During the orientaion flight O'Donnell took Gibson all around the airspace. (U.S. Air Force by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and his family pose with Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing Commander, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson's family was there to help motivate and encourage him as he went through the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and his family pose with Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing Commander, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson's family was there to help motivate and encourage him as he went through the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation sits in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. This was his first time being in a fighter jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation sits in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. This was his first time being in a fighter jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation before his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the flight they flew all around the airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation before his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. During the flight they flew all around the airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Senior Airman Quincy Neely-Lewis, 366th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, helps prepare Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base , Idaho. Aircrew Flight Equipment helps to ensure that all flight and safety equipment is in perfect working order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Senior Airman Quincy Neely-Lewis, 366th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, helps prepare Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base , Idaho. Aircrew Flight Equipment helps to ensure that all flight and safety equipment is in perfect working order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation prepare to take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. This was the first time a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes has received a fighter orientation flight.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation prepare to take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, June 16, 2017. This was the first time a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes has received a fighter orientation flight.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Lt. Col. John Jacobus)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation gets parachute training, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The purpose of the training is to ensure in the event of an emergency he would be able to eject safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation gets parachute training, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The purpose of the training is to ensure in the event of an emergency he would be able to eject safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation poses for a photo with Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. O'Donnell was the pilot for Gibson's orientation flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)
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Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation poses for a photo with Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. O'Donnell was the pilot for Gibson's orientation flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation smiles broadly after his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Before he could fly, he went through approximately five and a half hours of preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)
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Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation smiles broadly after his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Before he could fly, he went through approximately five and a half hours of preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Senior Airman Kayla Stennis, 366th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, fits Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for a helmet, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson needs the helmet to fit securely for his orientation flight, to ensure his safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)
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Senior Airman Kayla Stennis, 366th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, fits Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation for a helmet, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson needs the helmet to fit securely for his orientation flight, to ensure his safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation gets training for his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson sits in the simulated cockpit to get a feel for how the actual flight will be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)
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Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation gets training for his orientation flight, June 16, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gibson sits in the simulated cockpit to get a feel for how the actual flight will be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Last week, Mountain Home Air Force Base Commander, Col. Jefferson O’Donnell, had the opportunity to take Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation up for an orientation flight.

This was the first time in the history of Mountain Home AFB that a member from the Tribes has received a fighter jet orientation flight.

Vice Chairman Gibson received all the vital training required of an aircrew member before flight. He trained on what to do in case of an emergency ejection, how to cope with G-Forces and was fitted for his flight suit.

During the flight, O’Donnell took Gibson all around the air space and military operational areas. Shoshone-Paiute Business Council members and their families awaited on the flight line as the Vice Chairman flew over and waved from above.

“My deep appreciation for the colonel and the Air Force for letting me fly,” Gibson said. “Also, we have the jets and the bombing range around us all our lives, and I can relate to that and tell [the tribal members] what it was like in the air … a lot of things we don’t see on the ground, we just see a jet in the air.”

Not only did the orientation flight show what it’s like in the air, it also highlighted the many career fields on base that help generate F-15E sorties.

“It’s great having Vice Chairman Gibson up here, the Business Council and some of the families to be able to see what we do here — be able to show the mission and give Vice Chairman Gibson a flight and show our airspace and how we utilize the airspace over the tribal lands,” O’Donnell said.

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