More than 500 members of the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing deployed to the Middle East from Gowen Field starting in April, and on Thursday the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced a new initiative to help the families of those who deployed.
The Chamber is partnering with the Boise Airport, the city of Boise and the organization Gowen Strong, according to a news release. The initiative builds on the city's “Our Troops, Our Families” program and solicited Chamber members to donate services and activities for the airmen's families.
On Thursday, coupon books were presented to Brig. Gen. Michael Nolan, assistant adjutant general commander of the Air National Guard, and Col. Timothy Donnellan, commander of the 124th Fighter Wing, for distribution to the families.
The fighter wing was deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led effort against ISIS and the threat the terrorist group poses to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. With news of this six-month deployment, the city of Boise reactivated its “Our Troops, Our Families” program which provides military families with a variety of free family recreational activities at city venues, such as swimming pools, Zoo Boise, Idaho Ice World, fire stations and community centers.