Newcomers Site Map

  • Welcome
    • Welcome to Aviano
    • Important tips before you arrive
    • Jump Start
    • Right Start
    • You and your sponsors role
    • Community involvement
    • No-fee passports
    • Visas
    • Child care
    • Children's education
    • School Liaison Office
    • School Information
    • Spouse Employment
    • Key Spouse Connection
    • Contact information
    • Housing options
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Base history
    • Wing mission
    • Installation information
    • Shipping your pet
    • Shipping cost
    • Frequently asked questions
    • AFI driver's license
    • International driver's license
    • Insurance
    • Benefits
    • Urgent care
    • Clinic list
    • Tricare information
    • Shipping weapons
    • Internet and cell phones



Child care
Child care for children ages 5 and under is severely limited at Aviano. While there is a Child Development Center location in both Area F and Area 1, priority goes to children of military-married-to-military and single-parent households. Since there is no on-base family housing, there are no in-home/Family Child Care daycare providers, and there are few off-base child care options on the economy. Some CDC slots are reserved for Right Start families. You can make Right Start CDC reservations 30 days in advance as can families PCSing in/out of Aviano. Contact the CDC manager at DSN 314-632-5199 or -8246 for more information about all CDC programs. Other programs are available for school age kids. Your key spouse will be able to inform you about the various child care options at Aviano.

Children's Education
Aviano Air Base has K-12 education available on base at the Aviano Elementary School and Aviano Middle/High School offered through the Department of Defense Education Activity. Approximately 1,175 children are registered in the Aviano schools.   There are also families that home school their children at Aviano. Additionally, there are multiple universities that offer classes on base. You can contact the base Education Office at DSN 314-632-5330 if you have questions. Also, don't hesitate to talk to your sponsor/key spouse about all education issues at Aviano. Contact the schools by dialing DSN 314-632-5677 for Aviano Elementary School, DSN 314-632-5777 for Aviano Middle School or DSN 314-632-5877 for the Aviano High School.

School Liason Office
The School Liaison Office's role is to act as a community facilitator: connecting schools, families, and community services to address education issues impacting military children.

Continuing Education
The Aviano Education and Training Center boasts USAFE's newest education center with state of the art classrooms including a Chemistry/Biology laboratory. In partnership with five local colleges and universities, we offer five terms per year providing classes at the Certificate, Associate, Bachelor and Master degree level. Commissioning briefings and Study Skills classes are conducted on a monthly basis.

Aviano Education and Training Center

Spouse Employment
Currently, U.S. forces dependent family members may only be legally employed in Italy if hired into a position in direct support of the mission such as an appropriated fund, non-appropriated fund or contractor position. These restrictions are due to the Status of Forces agreement between the U.S. and Italy. Dependents in Italy on a "mission visa" have all of the protections granted under the SOFA. SOFA protections include use of the APO mail system, Armed Forces in Italy driving privileges, and
tax-free shopping privileges (i.e., use of the BX and Commissary). Those in Italy on an "employment visa" (i.e., a visa that allows for employment on the Italian economy) do not enjoy SOFA-protected status or protections. Without an employment visa, one cannot legally work on the Italian economy or be self-employed. Should a family member decide to obtain a work visa they will not be issued a mission visa and once in Italy, will be subject to the normal taxes and responsibilities under Italian labor law. Further, use of the APO mail system for self-employment purposes (e.g., Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, etc.) is illegal, has a high potential for negative Italian intervention if discovered, and could endanger mission visa status. There are also lots of volunteer opportunities around the base, so even if you can't find employment or decide not to work, you can still make a positive impact in the community. For more information on employment visit www.militaryinstallation.dod.mil or one of the following links for available job opportunities:

Federal positions
Nonappropriated funds positions
Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Key Spouse Connection
The key spouse is a spouse volunteer who serves as primary liaison between a unit and its families. They are appointed by the commander and keep him or her informed about family concerns. They also provide information to families about the squadron and base programs and events. To learn more about the key spouse program, call the Aviano Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 314-632-5407.

Additional Information
Family center   
Aviano Airman & Family Readiness Center         
Frequently Asked Questions