Just over 1,000 active duty Air Force service members call Mountain Home Air Force Base home, and their close to 5,300 family members do as well.
The primary mission of Mountain Home Air Force Base and its 366th Fighter Wing is to provide combat support capabilities and combat air power in order to respond to and sustain contingency operations worldwide. The base was built in 1942 and was opened in August of 1943; it was inactive from 1945 to 1948, when it was reopened by the USAF, which was newly independent.
The 366th Fighter Wing is the primary Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, and it is comprised of four different, smaller units. These units are the 366th Maintenance Group, the 366th Mission Support Group, the 366th Medical Group and the 366th Operations Group. The 366th Operations Group is comprised of three fully operational fighter squadrons, which are the 389th Fighter Squadron, the 391st Fighter Squadron and the 428th Fighter Squadron.
The City of Mountain Home, where Mountain Home AFB is located, is a relatively small area with a population of less than 17,000. The cost of living is lower than the average in the United States, however, making it a nice and affordable place to live. Since the base is approximately 3,000 feet above sea level, those who are stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base can enjoy the mountainous terrain of the area.
There is one elementary school on base that is not actually a Department of Defense School; instead, it is a part of the Mountain Home School District. The school district is relatively small and is comprised of the one school that is located on base, which is designed for attendance by students from kindergarten through the fourth grade, and there are also three elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school and one high school in town. Dependents who live on Mountain Home Air Force Base attend the schools that are off-base and in the City of Mountain Home.
Medical services are provided by the 366th Medical Group for active duty members who are assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, retired service members and the family members of these individuals. There is a ten-bed hospital, and the 366th Medical Group also provides a wealth of other healthcare-related services. Those who are in need of services that aren’t available at the 366th Medical Group are encouraged to seek assistance from a civilian healthcare provider or hospital, such as St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.
Those who are just arriving at Mountain Home Air Force Base can seek temporary housing at the Sagebrush Hotel. This temporary lodging option offers 16 rooms for those who are waiting for permanent housing upon their arrival at Mountain Home AFB and 98 rooms for those who are on TDY assignments.
Permanent housing units are available on base for various service members of different ranks, including 563 Junior enlisted housing quarters, 143 Senior enlisted housing units, 81 units for Company Grade officers and 41 Field Grade officer units. sustain worldwide contingency operations.