Letters to the Editor

Goddard letter: F-35 mission

WinCo Foods is unanimously in support of the Idaho Air National Guard and a long-term manned flight mission at Gowen Field in Boise, including the F-35 mission.

WinCo Foods traces its beginnings back to Boise in 1967, when it was a single grocery store. As of today, we are a family of 115 employee-owned stores across nine states — with our headquarters here in Boise — and the seventh-largest ESOP in the United States. The Idaho Air National Guard and Gowen Field are both near and dear to our collective company heart.

If Gowen Field is selected for the F-35 mission, it will have a huge impact on the Treasure Valley economically and psychologically, as Boise is the only city west of the Mississippi River being considered for this mission. What an honor it would be for our city to be chosen and what a validation it would be of how Boise has grown and how important it has become as a major Western United States center.

On behalf of WinCo Foods, I urge your readers’ support of this project.

Steven Goddard, CEO, WinCo Foods