The Idaho National Guard sent three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nearly two-dozen personnel from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Aug. 27, 2020 to assist in battling the California wildland fires. The Idaho Army National Guard Aviation Group trained on the specialized bucket equipment unique to helicopters and designed specifically for aerial firefighting on Aug. 26, 2020 to maintain their readiness as they respond to this request. The team from Idaho includes pilots and crew chiefs who make up the flight crews, along with essential maintenance and support personnel, as well as two flight paramedics augmenting California National Guard UH-60 MEDEVAC crews. They will work in cooperation with several other states as they battle the massive fires that have already consumed more than 1 million acres across the Golden State. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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Idaho National Guard prepares to assist the California wildland fires

The Idaho National Guard sent three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nearly two-dozen personnel from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on Aug. 27, 2020 to assist in battling the California wildland fires. The Idaho Army National Guard Aviation Group trained on the specialized bucket equipment unique to helicopters and designed specifically for aerial firefighting on Aug. 26, 2020 to maintain their [Read More …]

Gowen Field hosts several 19-Delta Advanced Leadership Courses throughout the year at the 1-204th Regional Training Institute schoolhouse on base. Due to COVID-19 this hasn’t been a typical year, making this the first course offered this year. Students came from all over the nation to fulfill this leadership requirement and graduated here on Aug. 8, 2020. Here, the students ended the course with a leadership scenario in which they called upon the Idaho Army National Guard's UH-60 Black Hawks for airlift medical assistance during their field exercise of zone area reconnaissance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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Shaping our newest leaders: Students graduate Advanced Leadership Course in Idaho

Gowen Field hosts several 19-Delta Advanced Leadership Courses throughout the year at the 1-204th Regional Training Institute schoolhouse on base. Due to COVID-19 this hasn’t been a typical year, making this the first course offered this year. Students came from all over the nation to fulfill this leadership requirement and graduated here on Aug. 8, 2020. Here, the students ended [Read More …]

Soldiers from the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Alpha Company, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Echo Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, conducted M67 grenade qualification training during their annual training at the Orchard Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho on Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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“FRAG OUT!” Idaho conducts grenade training

Soldiers from the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Alpha Company, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Echo Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, conducted M67 grenade qualification training during their annual training at the Orchard Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho on Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)

Although snakes did not end up in anyone’s boots as the popular phrase states, they did end up in key leaders’ hands. Idaho National Guard key leaders held rattlesnakes and assisted the Idaho National Guard Environmental Management Office biologists with tagging, studying and measuring rattlesnakes on July 8, 2020 at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, locally known as the NCA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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There’s a snake in my boot – Key military leaders assist with tagging and the study of rattlesnakes

Although snakes did not end up in anyone’s boots as the popular phrase states, they did end up in key leaders’ hands. Idaho National Guard key leaders held rattlesnakes and assisted the Idaho National Guard Environmental Management Office biologists with tagging, studying and measuring rattlesnakes on July 8, 2020 at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation [Read More …]

over the foothills of the Boise Mountains, a UH60 Black hawk makes its way back to Gowen Field.The Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion’s Annual Training is coming to a conclusion this week on Gowen Field. Unit personnel in maintenance, fueling, flight operations, communications and staff coordination synchronized their efforts on a daily basis to support flying missions for the battalion's UH60 Black hawks. During the same period the 183rd accepted delivery of the latest UH60 M model Black hawk and answered a distress call to rescue kayakers in peril in the wilderness. All in the regular ebb and flow of their annual training. Aircrews completed multi-ship formation flying missions, practiced hoisting heavy loads, and supported Idaho Air National Guard training. A multi-ship training mission took place on Sunday, June 14, sending aircraft and crews from A Company, 1-183rd Aviation Regiment over and across the diverse Idaho landscape to rendezvous with fuel trucks from the battalion's Echo Company at Saylor Creek. Saylor Creek is a remote U.S. Air Force training site located on the prairie south of Mt. Home Air Force Base. After refueling, the three Black hawks continued on to Atlanta, Idaho before returning to Gowen Field. Atlanta is a wilderness community located approximately 100 miles east of Boise in the Boise National Forest at an elevation of 5,383 feet. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and Wilderness are directly north of Atlanta.
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Diverse Mission over Diverse Landscapes

over the foothills of the Boise Mountains, a UH60 Black hawk makes its way back to Gowen Field.The Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion’s Annual Training is coming to a conclusion this week on Gowen Field. Unit personnel in maintenance, fueling, flight operations, communications and staff coordination synchronized their efforts on a daily basis to support flying missions [Read More …]

SSgt Thomas Cabalo with the Gowen Field Fire Department refills the the units number four engine as a part of their weekend aircraft fire training exercise. This training prepares the the unit to fight live fires during runway emergencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Joseph R. Morgan)
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Gowen Field Aircraft Fire Exercise

SSgt Thomas Cabalo with the Gowen Field Fire Department refills the the units number four engine as a part of their weekend aircraft fire training exercise. This training prepares the the unit to fight live fires during runway emergencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Joseph R. Morgan)

U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, from 366th Fighter Wing and 124th Fighter Wing, respectively, fly in formation, May 15, 2020, over Hailey, Idaho. This flyover took route over several medical centers across Idaho as a salute to the efforts first responders put forth to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Kobialka)
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Air Force Salutes – F-15, A-10

U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, from 366th Fighter Wing and 124th Fighter Wing, respectively, fly in formation, May 15, 2020, over Hailey, Idaho. This flyover took route over several medical centers across Idaho as a salute to the efforts first responders put forth to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st [Read More …]

Two 124th Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs linked up with two F-15E Strike Eagles from Mountain Home Air Force Base on May 15, 2020 for a fly over throughout cities of Idaho to honor essential workers and show appreciation to the sacrifice, commitment and bravery of all Idaho's essential workers and citizens keeping Idaho running during this challenging time with the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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Idaho Air National Guard and Air Force join forces in flight to honor essential workers

Two 124th Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs linked up with two F-15E Strike Eagles from Mountain Home Air Force Base on May 15, 2020 for a fly over throughout cities of Idaho to honor essential workers and show appreciation to the sacrifice, commitment and bravery of all Idaho’s essential workers and citizens keeping Idaho running during this challenging time with [Read More …]