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Base hosts joint air, ground exercise

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  • By Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton
  • 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Military aircraft and personnel from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and British Royal Army will perform exercise operations out of Mountain Home Air Force Base for the Gunfighter Flag military exercise March 10-14.

The exercise is designed to prepare multiple joint and coalition terminal attack controller teams for upcoming deployments as well as provide proficiency training for aircrews.

"This exercise epitomizes what we do at Mountain Home Air Force Base," said Col. Byron Anderson, 366th Fighter Wing vice commander. "We train combat-ready Airmen to deploy anywhere at any time and provide precision air power to our joint and coalition partners."

Gunfighter Flag is also an opportunity for ground crew members to train and respond to multiple daily launches. Scenarios were devised to train maintainers in a similar format to aircrew.

"Many exercise scenarios are devised to train maintainers and as aircrew," said Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent. "Many of these Gunfighters will have the rare opportunity to work with our Coalition warfighters in the continued effort to maximize combat readiness."

Wallace continued by stating how synchronization of multi-national efforts will be vital to achieve global security.

"There is a lot going on across the globe and this kind of exercise is really a fantastic way for our military and our partner nations to build the relationships necessary to fly, fight and win," he said.

Residents throughout the local area including Boise, Mountain Home, Grandview and Bruneau will see and hear an increase in aircraft flying in their vicinity from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. March 10-13, and from 1 to 4 p.m. March 14.

All training has been coordinated with the appropriate authorities. For more information, please contact the Mountain Home Air Force Base Public Affairs office at (208) 828-6800, or by email at 366FW/PA.Public.Affairs@us.af.mil.

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