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391st Fighter Squadron
391st Fighter Squadron.jpg
391st Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 1 June 1943 – 20 August 1946
1 January 1953 – 1 April 1959
30 April 1962 – 28 February 1971
1 July 1971 – 1 July 1990
11 March 1992 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of Air Combat Command
12th Air Force
366th Fighter Wing
366th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Mountain Home Air Force Base
Nickname(s) Bold Tigers
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon AFOUA w/ V Device
Belgium Fourragère
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d RVGC w/ Palm

The 391st Fighter Squadron (391 FS) is part of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. It operates F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft conducting close air support missions.

MissionEdit

Perform close air support, interdiction, strategic attack, suppression of enemy air defense, and defensive counterair missions, employing the full array of U.S. Air Force capabilities including precision-guided munitions, inertially-aided munitions, night vision goggles, fighter data link, and Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN).[1]

HistoryEdit

The 391st flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 14 March 1944 – 3 May 1945 and in Southeast Asia from, 2 February 1966 – 21 July 1968. It provided air defense in Korea and Japan from, 22 July 1968 – 14 February 1971.[2]

2013 SequestrationEdit

Air Combat Command officials announced a stand down and reallocation of flying hours for the rest of the fiscal year 2013 due to mandatory budget cuts. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect 1 March when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.[3]

Squadrons either stood down on a rotating basis or kept combat ready or at a reduced readiness level called “basic mission capable” for part or all of the remaining months in fiscal 2013.[3] This affected the 391st Fighter Squadron with a stand-down grounding from 9 April-30 September 2013.[3]

Operations[2]Edit

Lineage[2]Edit

  • 391st Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) (1943)
  • 391st Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1943–1952)
  • 391st Fighter-Bomber Squadron (1952–1958)
  • 391st Tactical Fighter Squadron (1958–1992)
  • 391st Fighter Squadron (1992 – present)

Assignments[2]Edit

Bases stationed[2]Edit

F-15E - Controlling The Sky

F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st flying over Afghanistan

  • Misawa Air Base, Japan (1968–1971)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (22 July – 7 October 1968)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (7 February – 5 March 1969)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (1 May – 2 June 1969)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (1–30 August 1969)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (1–15 February 1970)
    • Deployed: Taegu Air Base, South Korea (15–29 March 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (26 April – 10 May 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (7–21 June 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (30 August – 12 September 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (4–18 October 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (1–15 November 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (13–19 December 1970)
    • Deployed: Kunsan Air Base, South Korea (1–15 February 1971)
  • Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho (1971–1990, 1992 – present)

Aircraft Operated[2]Edit

F-111F Mountain Home 16sep1972

F-111F, AF Ser. No. 70-2394, of the 391st TFS/347th TFW, 16 Sep 1972.

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