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F-16 Basing Proposal at Gowen Field

Gov. Brad Little and members of Idaho’s congressional delegation are proud to announce that the U.S. Air Force has identified the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing to potentially receive an F-16 Fighting Falcon mission at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.

F-16s are expected to begin arriving at Gowen Field in 2027.  

“Idaho is proud of the critical role we have long played in supporting the nation’s defense strategy through the valuable work of the men and women serving at Gowen Field. The transition to the sophisticated F-16 mission at Gowen Field is the next step in the Idaho Air National Guard’s enduring commitment to safeguarding the liberties and freedoms we hold dear as Americans. This is an exciting step that will benefit the State of Idaho and the United States of America.” -Idaho Governor Brad Little

“This Replacement Mission signals the importance of Gowen Field and the 124th Fighter Wing to America’s military readiness and capabilities. Previous concerns raised regarding fleet divestment of the A-10s are being addressed by investments in replacement aircraft known for their close air support capabilities and the Air Force’s commitment to continuing to leverage the knowledge and expertise of experienced Air National Guardsmen and women.” -Senator Mike Crapo
F-16 jet flying in clouds

“Taking on the F-16 is just another way Gowen Field brings great value to Idaho’s and the nation’s security. Hats off to the men and women of Idaho’s Air Guard, and to their Army Guard colleagues for all they do to protect us!” -Congressman Russ Fulcher

“I’m pleased the U.S. Air Force has selected the 124th Fighter Wing at Gowen Field Air National Guard Base to support the F-16 mission. The men and women of the Idaho Air National Guard are uniquely positioned to leverage fighter aircraft expertise and world-class training ranges in support of our national defense.” -Representative Mike Simpson
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