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Letter from the Wing Commander

Welcome to Gunfighter Country and congratulations on becoming a part of our proud heritage of innovative Gunfighters. Mountain Home AFB and the 366th Fighter Wing have a rich history, going all the way back more than 70 years to the United States’ entry into World War II. We have been hard working, dedicated, and innovative from our very beginnings. We earned our nickname, “the Gunfighters” in 1967 when the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing was stationed at Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. Aircrew were missing out on opportunities to shoot down enemy MiGs because the missiles that were loaded on the F-4C were ineffective at short ranges and there was no gun installed on the aircraft. However, innovative wing aircrew and maintainers worked together and mounted external 20-millimeter Gatling gun pods on the F-4Cs, allowing aircrew to develop new tactics and 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 our heritage of 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 team, you are joining an incredible family that brings combat airpower capability to our national defense, tirelessly protecting 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.

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!

Col DiVittorio, Ernesto

Ernesto M. DiVittorio, Col, USAF Commander, 366th Fighter Wing