by Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
12/7/2015 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The
366th Fighter Wing is currently hosting one of the largest squadrons in
the military, Strike Fighter Squadron 106 out of Naval Air Station
Approximately 200 personnel are performing nearly 140 flights with
F/A-18 Legacy and Super Hornets during this stay, explained U.S. Navy
Lt. Scott Lindahl, VFA-106 instructor pilot. Instead of the limited air
space at NAS Oceana, the crews are able to use roughly 7,400 square
miles of air space and nearly 122,000 acres of land used for the two
air-to-ground training ranges at Mountain Home AFB.
"In Virginia Beach there is no way we would be able to complete this many sorties," Lindahl said.
Their stay here will focus mainly on performing air-to-ground attack
training for their 14 junior students, but will also serve as a
refresher course for those who haven't been in the cockpit in a while.