Wing commander sees bright future for base

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The base is being considered as a possible home for the F-35 Lightning II, shown here.

Available parking space for additional aircraft, year round flying weather and plans to expand available training airspace make Mountain Home Air Force Base, along with other bases, a "likely candidate" for future missions, according to the base's senior leader.

"There's room for growth at Mountain Home; a lot of capability," said Col. John Bird, 366th Fighter Wing commander.

See the Mountain Home News for the complete story.

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  • I know this community is supposed to completely support "our military." I do as well. But I'm tired of watching the city, the business, and individuals bending over backward for all active duty military stationed here, only for those personal and their families driving right through town to go to Boise for EVERYTHING. Not all airmen and their families do this; I don't want to lump all those stationed here into one, however, it is sad to see our local community doing all they can for their military without reciprocation. Yes, 'tis better to give than to recieve -- but there is sure a great amount of $$$ poured into these "programs" and "events" that could really benifit us locally in growth and be better appreciated.

    -- Posted by mhgirl on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 4:32 PM
  • MHGirl, I can't speak for what others on MHAFB are doing, but I most certainly can speak for my family. Without a doubt, I don't ever WANT to make an hour's drive to Boise (each way) to get some of the simplest things that I need, but when they are nowhere to be found in MH, I have absolutely no other choice but to travel all the way to Boise, or worse, try to order online and wait for weeks for it to show up on my doorstep. And quite frankly, what I find most upsetting and outrageous is knowing for a FACT there are at least 2 business owners I have spoken to personally who have attempted to open a fast food franchise in MH, only to be shot down cold by another MH fast food franchise who managed to get a seat on the CoC and couldn't stand the thought of competition. Time and time again I have watched people on the opinion board of the MHN reminisce about "the good old days" and all the businesses that used to be in town who have closed up their shops. I would LOVE to know when the last time was that anyone even ATTEMPTED to get another business, fast food chain or restaurant located into MH. If the town is so afraid of competition they're driving people away from even trying to relocate, then I don't want to hear ANYONE complaining that the folks at MHAFB are going somewhere else for what they need. If you build it, we will come. If you refuse, we'll go to Boise - it's just that simple.

    -- Posted by mmcgwire1 on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 2:16 PM
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