Gowen Thunder is an event designed to inspire, unite, and celebrate our military and country as a community.

We are thrilled to offer a family-friendly event that will be a highlight of the year for everyone who attends, showcasing the amazing potential in STEM learning for our children, and bringing awareness to the MWR program at the Idaho National Guard.

Our Mission


Inspire patriotism, ignite the imagination, and foster a sense of community through a safe and memorable experience that celebrates the contributions of the military and aviation to our country, and honors service and sacrifice.



Our Vision


Provide a family-oriented Open House & Air Show that generates a positive economic impact on the community, thanks Idahoans for their unwavering support of the Idaho National Guard and Gowen Field, encourages military and community service, provides funding opportunities for local non-profits, and promotes youth STEM education initiatives.



What is the MWR?


The Idaho National Guard Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program is a 501(c)19 veterans non-profit organization that provides programs and services supporting the readiness and resilience of the Idaho National Guard, service members, families and DoD retirees. For more information, visit www.idngmwr.com

Proceeds from Gowen Thunder will be used to support military members and their families’ quality-of-life programming and help fund a wide range of morale-boosting events and programs across the state each year, including:


• Deployment assistance
• Youth Activities
• Personal Development
• Team Building
• Indoor / Outdoor Sports Equipment
• Unit Dinners / Social Functions
• Family Support / Family Days
• Education Support / Supplies
• Marriage Programs
• Recreational Equipment