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Lt. Col. Thomas Haas, 31st Force Support Squadron commander, poses for a portrait July 12, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 31st FSS is the 31st Fighter Wing's largest and most diverse squadron, comprised of more than 600 military and civilian personnel whose primary mission is to enhance combat capability, readiness, and quality of life for a community of nearly 10,000 military members, Department of Defense civilians, local national employees, and dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cory W. Bush) The new lieutenant: Getting comfortable being uncomfortable
I recently had a conversation with a young officer who was frustrated by the steep learning curve in a tough job to which she was freshly assigned. While she was fully committed, she was building experience along with some professional bruises, and knew she was bound for additional missteps along the way.
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Default Air Force Logo Unsung heroes of the flightline
When I first took command of the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, I noticed our guidon was void of any campaign streamers. Knowing aircraft maintainers had undoubtedly been a part of this wing and its legacy of valor through World War II, Vietnam War, the Cold War, and multiple combat operations, I went to our Wing’s Historian to find out why we had not qualified for any campaign streamers.
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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith) Micro-deployments: The answer to today’s evolving threats
“The best fighter is not a boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt on any style. He kicks too good for a boxer, throws too good for a Karate man, and punches too good for a Judo man.” – Bruce Lee
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Col Brenda Waters, 31st Medical Group commander, stands for a portrait on Jan. 24, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cory W. Bush) Medics rock – Prepare to shock!
As the commander of the 31st Medical Group, I’m continually honored to have the opportunity to lead and serve Aviano’s Wyvern medics in our critical role to support the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission to deter aggression, defend U.S. and NATO interests and develop Aviano. Our medics take pride in providing outstanding healthcare for our active duty members, civilians and dependents.
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