Residents should notice quite a bit more military aircraft over the Treasure Valley in the coming weeks. Beginning today, a multinational combined-joint exercise, dubbed Mountain Roundup 2013, gets underway and will continue through Saturday, Oct. 19.
More than 100 visiting aircraft have already arrived at Mountain Home Air Force Base as more than 300 Germans and Canadians join an equal number of U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force to participate in ground operations, close-air support, convoy operations, basic fighter maneuvers and air-to-air training.
In addition to the F-15E and F-15SG Strike Eagles assigned here, multiple EA-18G Growlers, F-15C Eagles, GR1 and GR4 Tornados, F-16 Falcons, A-10 Warthogs, F-18 Hornets, AV-8B Harriers, KC-135 Stratotankers, KC-130 Hercules, B-1B Lancers, CH-60 and CH-64 Blackhawks, and other NATO-, German- and U.S.-support aircraft will be participating.
“Inexperienced aircrews profit from simply being airborne with 80 to 100 other aircraft; from the extremely busy radios to the complex plans addressing airspace and target area conflicts with other aircraft," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Tapan Sen, 366th Figure Wing Weapons and Tactics Flight commander. “Virtually any contingency operation involving the U.S. Air Force will also involve joint partners and, in all probability, contain coalition partners,” he said.