Defense Secretary James N. Mattis visits Mountain Home Air Force Base

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks to 366th Fighter Wing Airmen Jan. 16, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen were given the opportunity to ask Mattis questions on various topics during a town hall.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks to 366th Fighter Wing Airmen Jan. 16, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Airmen were given the opportunity to ask Mattis questions on various topics during a town hall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

366th Fighter Wing leadership and the Republic of Singapore defense attaché await the arrival of Defense Secretary James N. Mattis at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. While visiting the 366th Fighter Wing, Mattis held a town hall meeting where he answered questions about various military topics.

366th Fighter Wing leadership and the Republic of Singapore defense attaché await the arrival of Defense Secretary James N. Mattis at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. While visiting the 366th Fighter Wing, Mattis held a town hall meeting where he answered questions about various military topics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, welcomes Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions.

Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, welcomes Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis walks with Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Brig. Gen. Boon-Kim Tan, Republic of Singapore defense attaché, after arriving to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis walks with Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and Brig. Gen. Boon-Kim Tan, Republic of Singapore defense attaché, after arriving to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, after a town hall meeting at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis met with base leadership and fielded questions from Airmen during the town hall.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, after a town hall meeting at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis met with base leadership and fielded questions from Airmen during the town hall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong)

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with Airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 16, 2018. Mattis visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered Airmen's questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis visited here Jan. 16, 2018.

After a visit to Vancouver, Canada, Mattis stopped by to meet with the 366th Fighter Wing leadership and Airmen responsible for the recent record-breaking deployments of the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Throughout his visit, he stressed the importance of military readiness and presented an opportunity for Airmen to ask questions about Air Force operations.

“This visit was an excellent opportunity to show-off the Gunfighters to the Secretary of Defense. He was impressed,” said Col. Joe Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander. “It was great to hear Secretary Mattis honor our contributions and articulate how important Gunfighter Airmen are to the defense of our great nation!”