The following narrative came in as a comment on another post. It is so well reasoned (dare we say “sound reasoning”) we thought it worth a stand alone post. He summarizes the thoughts of many in Boise.
For fear of retribution, I am commenting anonymously.
I am a military member, Combat Veteran, and very patriotic.
I am not opposed to F35s in Idaho, just opposed to them being stationed in populated areas such as the Boise Airport.
The training range for the Air National Guard is at the Saylor Creek Bombing Range. It is a 110,000-acre bombing and training range associated with Mountain Home Air Force Base that is located 25 miles north of the range. In the recent past, the Secretary of the Air Force said that the Air National Guard would move to Mountain Home and co-locate with the Active Air Force… Makes perfect sense.
Economically – Some personnel of the National Guard live in Mountain Home and commute to Boise, and some Active Air Force personnel live in Boise and commute to Mountain Home. Economically personnel from both organizations live in the valley and contribute to the economy. Stationing F35s in Mountain Home would not have a detrimental impact on the economy.
A little know fact is that there are approximately 110 Full-time Air Guard personnel currently working in Mountain Home.
Noise – There is a significant impact to populated areas when any military aircraft starting with an F identifier is operating in a close proximity, such as the Boise. The noise can be heard in most cities and towns from Boise to Middleton and Caldwell. This affects not just residents on both ends of the runway, but entire valley.
If F35s were stationed at the base in Mountain Home where comparable aircraft already operate, the impact would be negligible. The town of Mountain Home evolved because of the Air base.
The logical, most cost efficient and environmentally sound location to station F35s is at the Mountain Home Air Force Base.
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