Letter from the Wing Commander

Welcome to Gunfighter Country and congratulations on becoming part of our proud heritage. Mountain Home AFB and the 366th Fighter Wing have a rich history, stretching back more than 70 years to the United States’ entry into World War II. Our “Gunfighter” nickname was earned in 1967 when the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing was stationed at Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. Aircrew were missing opportunities to shoot down enemy MiGs because the missiles were ineffective at short ranges and the

F-4C lacked a gun. However, innovative wing aircrew and maintainers worked together, mounted external 20-millimeter Gatling gun pods on the F-4Cs and developed new tactics, enabling pilots to score four MiG kills within the first month of operation. Soon other units followed suit. For the gun pod innovation and the 11 enemy MiG kills that followed, the wing earned a Presidential Unit Citation and the moniker of “Gunfighters.”

Today, we continue the innovation and teamwork demonstrated by our predecessors while flying both the F-15E Strike Eagle and the Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG, preparing to fight our Nations’ wars today and in the future. Whether you are a maintainer, a medic, a pilot or WSO, a logistician or any other integral part of our Air Force, you are joining an incredible team that works tirelessly to protect our country and its citizens while maintaining the Gunfighter tradition of excellence.

While we work hard to defend our nation, we also enjoy our time off. Idaho is an amazing place in which to live and work. It is a very diverse state, rich not only in outdoor activities, but also in cultural history. From a quiet fishing hole to a rugged mountain hike, the Mountain Home area provides a vast array of adventurous pastimes; and nearby Boise is alive with activity. Museums, art galleries, concerts, plays and symphonies are all within an hour drive.

Joseph D. Kunkel, Col, USAF Commander, 366th Fighter Wing
Joseph D. Kunkel, Col, USAF Commander, 366th Fighter Wing

I look forward to working with you and getting to know you and your families. You are now part of the Gunfighter legacy and will continue our heritage of teamwork, excellence, and innovation.

Ride Hard, Shoot Straight and Always
Speak the Truth!

Joseph D. Kunkel, Col, USAF
Commander, 366th Fighter Wing