Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho is in Elmore County. The base is southeast of Boise (approximately 50 miles) and 90 miles northwest of Twin Falls, Idaho. Mountain Home has more than 3,300 active and reserve troops serving there, with an economic impact in the area estimated at more than $300 million.
Find information about Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho Mission & Units
Mountain Home AFB features the 366th Fighter Wing, responsible for 50 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. These missions are handled via the 389th Fighter Squadron and the 391st Fighter Squadron. There are also a dozen Singapore F-15SG Strike Eagles operating out of Mountain Home in a partnership with the Republic of Singapore through something called the Peace Carvin V program.
Important units at Mountain Home AFB include:
- 266th RS
- 366 MXG
- 366 OG
- 366th AMS
- 366th AMXS
- 366th CES
- 366th CMS
- 366th CS
- 366th EMS
- 366th FSS
- 366th LRS
- 366th MDG
- 366th MOS
- 366th MOS
- 366th OSS
- 366th SFS
- 389th FS
- 391st FS
- 428th FS
- 726th ACS
- AFSO 21
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho History
Mountain Home AFB started, like so many other Air Force bases, as an Army airfield during World War Two. Mountain Home Army Air Field was completed and open for business in 1943, but after the war the bomber training mission there ended and the base was placed on inactive status in 1945.
Three years later Mountain Home was active once more, as home of the 5th Reconnaissance Group and then the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Mountain Home Air Force Base was the logical result of the Air Force becoming a separate branch of service; in the 1950s the base briefly installed Titan missile sites-they were active for three short years.
In the 1960s, Mountain Home became the host for jet fighter operations and the base moved out of the jurisdiction of Strategic Air Command over to oversight by Tactical Air Command. Fast-forward to 1991 when the Air Force announced that Mountain Home’s 366th Fighter Wing was to be front and center as the United States Air Force’s air intervention composite wing, combining bomber, fighter, and air refueling missions.
Reorganizations followed over the years; bombers and tanker aircraft once stationed there were reassigned to other midwestern air bases. Today the base’s mission is described on the official site as providing combat airpower and combat support capabilities worldwide.
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho Contacts
Main Address And Phone Numbers
Mountain Home AFB Main Gate And Visitor Center
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, 83648-0000
Important Mountain Home AFB Contact Numbers
- Barracks/Single Service Member Housing – (208) 828-2244
- Dental Clinics – (208) 828-7310
- Hospital/Medical Treatment Facility – (208) 828-7900
- ID/CAC Card Processing – (208) 828-2133
- Information and Referral Services (208) 828-2458
- Temporary Lodging/Billeting – (208) 828-5200
- Base Operator – (208) 828-1110
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (180) 027-38255
- Civilian Personnel Office – (208) 828-3822
- Deployment/Mobilization – (208) 828-2458
- Child Development Center – (208) 828-2443
- Family Day Care Program – (208) 828-6715
- Family Advocacy Program – (208) 828-7520
- Family Center – (208) 828-2458
- Military Personnel Section/Customer Service – (208) 828-2133
- Personal Financial Management Program – (208) 828-2458
- Victim Advocate – (208) 828-2238
- Finance Office – (208) 828-2046
- Legal Office – (208) 828-2238
- Health Benefits Advisor – (208) 828-7452
- Base Housing Office – (208) 828-2781
- Balfour Beatty Communities – (208) 832-9900
- Sagebrush Hotel – (208) 828-5200
- Information and Referral Program – (208) 828-2458
- Base Education Office – (208) 828-6363
- East Elementary School – (208) 587-2575
- North Elementary School – (208) 587-2585
- West Elementary School – (208) 587-2595
- Mountain Home High School – (208) 587-2570
- Bennett Mountain High School – (208) 587-3837
- School Liaison – (208) 828-2458
- Mountain Home Junior High – (208) 587-2590
- HACKER MIDDLE SCHOOL – (208) 587-2500
- Mountain Home Air Force Base Primary School – (208) 832-4651
- Traffic Management Office – (208) 828-1466
- Relocation Assistance Program – (208) 828-2458
- Transition Assistance Program – (208) 828-2458
- Sagebrush Hotel – (208) 828-5200
Mountain Home Air Force Base Surrounding Area
The air base is 40-50 miles from other Idaho cities including Boise, and Meridian. Fans of outdoors activities should explore the Snake River Canyon Overlook or Railroad Park, and Zoo Boise is described as a living science facility featuring more than 200 animals.
Mountain Home sports opportunities include the Desert Canyon Golf Course, and there is snowmobiling and trail exploration thanks to Sled The Trinities, which features more than 300 miles of snowmobile trails.
Music fans won’t want to miss the annual Gene Harris Music Festival in Boise, and the 70-member Meridian Symphony Orchestra hosts four concert series’ per year in Boise (in spite of the Meridian-centric name).
Mountain Home Air Force Base Inprocessing and Check-In
All new arrivals must report to the Military Personnel Section (MPS) which is a requirement for inprocessing but also must be accomplished before house hunting. MPS will provide the correct paperwork for house hunting and will schedule your inprocessing appointments for after house hunting is completed.
Those who arrive after duty hours should report to the Sagebrush Inn, Building 2320, for temporary lodging and more information. There is a newcomer’s orientation for military and spouses; MPS will let you know when the next scheduled orientation will happen.
Mountain Home Air Force Base Services
Mountain Home AFB medical needs are served by the 366th Medical Group, which features a 10-bed hospital for emergency, urgent care, and inpatient care. Services include;
- Family Health
- Flight Medicine
- Immunizations Optometry
- Women’s health
- Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
Call the Appointments line at 208-828-7900. Dental care services are only offered for active-duty military.
Mountain Home AFB child care for children six weeks of age to five years old is provided by the Child Development Center (CDC) as well as private care offered by on-base families in military housing. CDC care fees are income-based and will be determined on an individual basis. CDC “Extended Duty Care” is an option for those who need child care after normal duty hours. Hourly care and fulltime care are available.
On-base care in private Family Child Care (FCC) homes is regulated and inspected; hours and services may vary. This care is available for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years old. A child care subsidy may be available for parents who utilize FCC instead of CDC care.
Call (208) 828-3436 for more information on these military child care programs.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
All ID card renewal, replacement, or new issue services for military dependents, retirees, and currently serving military members are handled by the Mountain Home AFB Military Personnel Flight (MPF).
Contact the customer service desk at (208) 828-2133 or schedule an appointment online using the RAPIDS system. Walk-in services are available depending on demand, mission requirements, and other variables.
Two forms of picture ID may be required when updating or getting new issue military or dependent ID. A state-issued or government issued photo ID can be used as primary identification; ask MPF staff what requirements may exist for secondary ID. If the military spouse or parent cannot be present, a power of attorney may be required to replace or renew ID cards.
All personnel are directed to contact the Mountain Home Traffic Management Office at (208) 728-1466 for household goods and privately-owned vehicle shipments. You can also track and manage military household goods shipments at Move.mil.
Mountain Home Air Force Base Schools
Mountain Home AFB families are served by the following area schools:
- Mountain Home School District #193
- Mountain Home AFB Primary School (K-4)
- East Elementary School (K-4)
- North Elementary School (K-4)
- West Elementary School (K-4)
- Hacker Middle School (5-6)
- Mountain Home Junior High
- Mountain Home High School
- Richard McKenna Charter High School
Where your child attends school while stationed at Mountain Home depends on location. The Mountain Home AFB School Liaison Officer can assist new arrivals with information on school choices (including private, charter, homeschool, etc) plus immunization requirements and what to bring when registering a new student or transfer student.
Required documentation for enrollment may include (but is not limited to) the following:
- Attendance & Tardy Records
- Report Card & Current Schedule
- Withdrawal Grades
- Transcript/Course History
- Standardized Test Scores
- End of Course Test Scores, Competency Test Scores
- Health Records
- Proof of Residency/Military Orders/Social Security number
- Service Learning Hours
- Alternative School Records
- Activities Record
- Letters of Recommendation (especially for high school seniors)
- Writing Samples
- Guardianship/custody Papers where applicable
Mountain Home Air Force Base Housing
On-base housing at Mountain Home is privatized and run by Balfour Beatty Communities. All personnel are directed to check in with the base Housing Office before entering into legally binding housing commitments.
You can also contact the Balfour Beatty Communities office at (208) 832-9900 for assistance. The base offers more than 560 junior enlisted housing units, more than 140 senior enlisted housing options, and more than 100 officer homes.
Unaccompanied personnel assigned to Mountain Home AFB in the ranks of E-1 to E-3, plus E-4s with less than three years of service, will be assigned on base unaccompanied housing which features a private sleeping room, furnishings, etc. Call the Dorm Management Office at (208) 828-2244 for assistance or more information.
Mountain Home Air Force Base PCS and TDY Lodging
Mountain Home offers temporary lodging facilities at The Sagebrush Inn. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Pets are allowed on a limited basis for an additional fee. Those traveling on PCS or TDY orders will be given priority; space available accommodations may be possible depending on demand, PCS season, the influx of TDY personnel, etc. Call The Sagebrush Inn at 208-828-5200 to make reservations or to learn more.
Mountain Home Air Force Base Transportation
There is limited availability for shuttle services from area airports to Mountain Home; the nearest airport to the base is Boise International Airport (50 miles away). Help may be available via the Mountain Home Shuttle Service at 208 580-1887 depending on mission requirement, demand, space available, etc.
Mountain Home Air Force Base Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Mountain Home AFB stopped issuing base decals in 2007; 100% ID checks for all incoming and outgoing vehicles may apply depending on mission requirements, security levels, and other variables.
All privately owned vehicles operating on the base must carry the minimum insurance required by the State of Idaho and all vehicles must comply with state regulations for emissions, seat belts, cell phone use, etc.