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airfield maintenance Airfield management, dirt boys: Manage a concrete weapon
In the center of Aviano Air Base sits the most important 8,539-foot stretch of concrete south of the Alps -- the flightline.
0 8/16
2017
Senior Airman David Castillo-Collazo, 31st Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Aviles, 372nd Training Squadron production superintendent and AGE instructor, troubleshoot a temperature regulator, Jan. 31, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Detachment 24 instructors teach Airmen how to properly, safely and efficiently support combat operations by using essential maintenance practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith) The moment when everything clicks
It was a hot Afghanistan deployment and the flightline power generators were all experiencing the same problem, too much rotation speed.
0 3/09
2017
An Airman from the 31st Maintenance Squadron Corrosions flight sands paint off an F-16 Fighting Falcon tail at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 23, 2017. The corrosions flight Airmen sanded the paint off before painting on a new design. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith) 31 MXS flight preps, paints F-16 tails
Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron Corrosions flight recently painted a new design on five 31st Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon tails.
0 2/09
2017
A KC-135 Stratotanker, from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, sits on the runway during a flying training deployment, Jan. 25, 2017, at Souda Bay, Greece. The KC-135 refueled U.S. and Hellenic air force F-16 Fighting Falcons during the FTD, which was hosted to evaluate aircraft and personnel capabilities and increase interoperability between the two NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill) Top it off: US, Hellenic air forces practice in-flight refueling
A KC-135 Stratotanker, from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, joined F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and the Hellenic air force to perform in-flight refueling operations during a flying training deployment, Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, 2017, at Souda Bay, Greece.
0 2/01
2017
Spouses and children of the 31st Munitions Squadron gather to build mock munitions during a family open house event at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sept. 9, 2016. The family members learned about munition equipment and received a tour of the squadron facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) Family members visit 31st MUNS Airmen
Spouses and children of 31st Munitions Squadron Airmen visited the squadron during a family open house event at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sept. 9, 2016.
0 9/14
2016
Airman 1st Class Chandler Adams, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, collects and tests a fuel sample from a fuels truck at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Sept. 7, 2016. Before fuel is pumped into an aircraft, it’s tested by 31st LRS fuels laboratory Airmen to ensure it’s free of contaminants that could negatively affect the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) Fuels supply: The science guys
Before an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine is fired up at Aviano Air Base, its fuel goes through several tests to ensure it’s free of contaminants that could negatively affect the aircraft.
0 9/08
2016
On July 28, 2016, Staff Sgt. Christopher Chaves, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, was returning from the Venice airport when an accident unfolded right in front of him. Chaves applied a tourniquet and splint the driver’s leg on scene. The truck driver, Paul Enrico Gheorghe, a resident of Roveredo in Piano, Italy, is still recovering at home with his leg intact due to Chaves’ efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) In the wrong place at the right time
It was just another day in Pordenone, Italy, for an Air Force firefighter who was driving home. When his training and experience were needed to save someone’s life.
0 9/02
2016
Tech. Sgt. Roy Townes, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of air operations, teaches 31st Maintenance Squadron Airmen on cargo preparation and pallet build-up training, Aug. 8, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Townes instructed Airmen on how to properly assemble and disassemble cargo pallets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) 31 LRS provide palletizing training to Airmen
Airmen from the 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation section is responsible for ensuring an aircraft’s cargo and passengers are safely secured for transportation.
0 8/10
2016
Phase crew chiefs from the 31st Maintenance Squadron guide an F-16 Fighting Falcon into the hush house July 28, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. A hush house is an enclosed structure made of noise suppression material that muffles the sounds produced by turbine engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) This house is loud . . . or is it?
There’s one house at Aviano Air Base that’s louder than any other, but no one standing outside its walls would ever know.
0 8/04
2016
Col. Bryan Wolford, 31st Fighter Wing vice commander, gives a mock mission brief and words of encouragement during a Little Wyvern Warriors deployment line May 5, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The purpose of the event was to give children a firsthand look at what Airmen experience when preparing for a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) Wee Wyverns participate in deployment line
Aviano Elementary School students participate in a Little Wyvern Warriors deployment line May 5, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The students experienced the preparation needed for a deployment, viewed components of an F-16 Fighting Falcon and base agency displays. Col. Bryan Wolford, 31st Fighter Wing vice commander, gave the kids a mock mission brief and words of encouragement as the kids ‘prepared for battle’.
0 5/11
2016
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