391st Fighter Squadron

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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 Bold Tigers
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Belgium Fourragère
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg 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.

Mission[edit]

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]

History[edit]

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 Sequestration[edit]

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]

Aircraft Operated[2][edit]

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

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