Just east of Boise, at the Mountain Home Air Force Base, an amazing international community trains with the US Air Force to protect their homeland. The Republic of Singapore Air Force has been the air since 1943, but in 2009 the RSAF began
flying Boeing’s new F-15SG, a 2-seat, multi-role tactical fighter. Since then, The United States and Singapore have a longterm agreement to perform joint training operations at Mountain Home AFB. Mountain Home AFB was chosen due to the base’s extensive facilities for aircraft and ground support, ideal year-round flying conditions, and highly trained US Air Force personnel.
The high desert of southwest Idaho is a long way from the lush tropical environment of Singapore; however, the welcoming western attitude, proximity to the state capital, food, culture and access to outdoor recreation have made the rotating 2-year deployment assignment a desirable opportunity for the 180+ airmen of the 428th Fighter Squadron.
On September 2, 2011, Experiential Adventures spent the day at Sandy Point State Park, Idaho with the 428th Peace Carvin “Buccaneers.” The squadron’s leadership knows that the success of the mission and the safety of personnel is contingent upon the work of the entire crew regardless of rank. Based on this need, Experiential Adventures created a pirate themed day of complex,
challenging and super-fun activities. In line with the squadron’s Buccaneer mascot – a “non-traditional” leader was appointed to help each team navigate the day’s physical and cognitive initiatives. The culminating activity of the day was a homemade cardboard boat race. Boat designs varied in style, function, and performance! However, the highlight was the unscheduled but highly spirited water fight and intentional capsizing of some of the boats. At the end of the day, the wet and smiling 428th had truly demonstrated the effectiveness of a unified and cohesive force.