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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing participate in a retreat formation during a Memorial Day ceremony May 25 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day which originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who died. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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Posted: 5/29/2012

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Aviano Honor Guardsmen perform a Memorial Day retreat ceremony May 25 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day which originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who died. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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Posted: 5/29/2012

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2011 Air Force General Curtis E. LeMay Award

Lt. Col. Thomas Angelo (right), 31st Force Support Squadron commander, accepts the 2011 Air Force's General Curtis E. LeMay Award on behalf of his unit from Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones (left), deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services, May 21 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The award is given to the best services organization at a base with at least 6,000 personnel and it is based on an evaluation process of the programs offered by the squadron and results from the Air Force Services Customer Feedback Survey. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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Posted: 5/22/2012

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Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 31st Fighter Wing commander, talks with 2nd Lt. Jalysa Conway, 31st Communications Squadron, following the last of three wing-level commander's calls held at Area F and Area 1 of Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 10, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor)
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Posted: 5/10/2012

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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing attend the last of three wing-level commander's calls held at Area F and Area 1 of Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 10, 2012. Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey M. Craver, 31st Fighter Wing commander and command chief, addressed a variety of topics affecting Airmen across the wing and thanked those in attendance for their steadfast support and dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor)
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Posted: 5/10/2012

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Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey M. Craver, 31st Fighter Wing commander and command chief, answer a question during the last of three wing-level commander's calls held at Area F and Area 1 of Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 10, 2012. Zobrist and Craver addressed a variety of topics affecting Airmen across the wing and thanked those in attendance for their steadfast support and dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor)
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Posted: 5/10/2012

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Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 31st Fighter Wing commander, addresses several hundred members of Team Aviano during the last of three wing-level commander's calls held at Area F and Area 1 of Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 10, 2012. Zobrist discussed a variety of topics affecting people across the wing and thanked those in attendance for their steadfast support and dedication to the mission during his first year in command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor)
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Posted: 5/10/2012

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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Craver talks with James Warlick Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, after presenting him a military coin here April 27 during Thracian Star 2012. Craver, the 31st Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 31st FW commander, spent time with senior Bulgarian and U.S. officials and the Airmen who make the flying mission possible while in Bulgaria. Officials in attendance got a first-hand look at how both nationsí air forces operate and work together during the month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between United States and Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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Posted: 5/7/2012

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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria – First Lt. Nick Velati, 603rd Air Control Squadron communications site leader, briefs James Warlick Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, and Lt. Gen. CÂRNU Fănică, Chief of the Romanian Air Force here April 27 in how his team and unit is supporting Thracian Star 2012. The Airmen from the 603rd ACS based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, are deployed to Bulgaria with more than 500 Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing for a month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between United States and Bulgarian Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, expressed his confidence and respect for a group of life support Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing during his visit here April 27, and for their support of Thracian Star 2012. Building partnership capacity and interoperability between the United States and its NATO allies such as Bulgaria is very important and Welsh let the Airmen now how proud he is to be their leader. The Airmen are assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, greets aircraft maintainers from the 31st Fighter Wing during his visit here April 27, and for their support of Thracian Star 2012. Building partnership capacity and interoperability between the United States and its NATO allies such as Bulgaria is very important and Welsh let the Airmen now how proud he is to be their leader. The Airmen are assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, expressed his confidence and respect for the aircraft maintainers from the 31st Fighter Wing during his visit here April 27, and for their support of Thracian Star 2012. Building partnership capacity and interoperability between the United States and its NATO allies such as Bulgaria is very important and Welsh let the Airmen now how proud he is to be their leader. The Airmen are assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, shakes hands with Capt. Michael Long and his fellow pilots from the 31st Fighter Wing during his visit here April 27, 2012. Welsh expressed the confidence and respect he has for the Airmen supporting Thracian Star 2012, a month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between the United States and Bulgarian Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Aircraft maintainers from the Bulgarian and U.S. Air Forces received a better understanding of the F-16, MiG-21 and MiG-29 aircraft maintenance processes during Thracian Star 2012 here April 26. The integration of aircraft maintenance between U.S. and Bulgarian Airmen is just one part of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between the two nations. During the hands-on discussions, Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, deployed to Bulgaria as part of the exercise and their NATO allies learned how to better communicate and combine their strengths. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Staff Sgt. Alexander Wieczorek, a 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintainer, explains the F-16 landing gear system to Warrant Officer Nayden Gosbodinov, a Bulgarian Air Force senior technician, here April 26, 2012. The integration of aircraft maintenance between U.S. and Bulgarian Airmen is just one part of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between United States and Bulgarian Air Forces. Wieczorek is one of more than 500 Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, deployed to Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Master Sgt. Tom Ellsworth, a 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron expeditor, shows Bulgarian air force leadership a maintenance form book here April 26, 2012. The integration of aircraft maintenance between U.S. and Bulgarian Airmen is just one part of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long training exercise aimed to build partnership and interoperability between United States and Bulgarian Air Forces. Ellsworth is one of more than 500 Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, deployed to Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso) (Released)
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U.S. Air Force members rake and clean debris from a soccer field April 22, 2012, in Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria. More than 150 U.S. and Bulgarian air force members volunteered their off-duty time to refurbish playground equipment and build a soccer field at a village playground. Volunteers cleaned and painted playground equipment and raked, supplied new goals, cleaned and laid grass seed down in a field. U.S. Air Force members are deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base in support of Thracian Star 2012, a bilateral coalition training exercise geared towards strengthening partnerships and improving interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Posted: 4/25/2012

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U.S. Air Force members play soccer with Bulgarian children April 22, 2012, in Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria. More than 150 U.S. and Bulgarian air force members volunteered their off-duty time to refurbish playground equipment and build a soccer field at a village playground. Volunteers cleaned and painted playground equipment and raked, supplied new goals, cleaned and laid grass seed down in a field. U.S. Air Force members are deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base in support of Thracian Star 2012, a bilateral coalition training exercise geared towards strengthening partnerships and improving interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Posted: 4/25/2012

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Second Lt. Bryan Humphries, 31st Maintenance Squadron, cleans playground equipment at a park in Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria April 22, 2012. More than 150 U.S. and Bulgarian air force members volunteered their off-duty time to refurbish playground equipment and build a soccer field at a village park. U.S. Air Force members are deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base to participate in Thracian Star 2012, a coalition training exercise geared towards strengthening partnerships and improving interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Posted: 4/25/2012

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Airmen 1st Class Ron Arcino and Demario Reid, (front), paint a door frame in St. George's University pediatric surgery ward April 21, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. More than 60 U.S. and Bulgarian air force members volunteered to renovate the children's ward during their off-duty time from the Thracian Star 2012 exercise being conducted at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base. The volunteers cleaned, painted and decorated 11 post-operation rooms in the wing. Both Arcino, an ammo technician with the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Reid, a support equipment maintenance crew chief for the 31st Munitions Squadron, are based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Staff Sgt. John Tapper, (front), 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer from Aviano Air Base, Italy, paints a door in the St. George's University pediatric surgery ward April 21, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. More than 60 U.S. and Bulgarian air force members volunteered to renovate the children's ward during their off-duty time from the Thracian Star 2012 exercise being conducted at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base. The volunteers spent two days cleaning, painting and decorating 11 rooms in the ward. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Capt. Mike Slotten, 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, is interviewed by Bulgarian media while volunteering at St. George's University April 21, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. U.S. Air Force members are deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria to participate in a coalition training exercise geared towards strengthening partnerships with NATO allies. More than 60 U.S. and Bulgarian Air Force members spent two days cleaning, painting and decorating 11 post-operation rooms in the pediatric surgery ward. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Bulgarian Sgt. Ivan Chernav paints a post-operation room in St. George's University pediatric surgery department April 21, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The hospital has one of only two pediatric surgery departments in the country. U.S. Air Force members deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria for the month-long Thracian Star 2012 exercise, spent their off-duty time working alongside Bulgarian air force members to clean, paint and decorate post-operation rooms in the children's wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Bulgarian air force Sgt. Dean Genov paints a door in St. George's University pediatric surgery department April 21, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The hospital has one of only two pediatric surgery departments in the country. U.S. Air Force members deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria for the month-long Thracian Star 2012 exercise, spent their off-duty time working alongside Bulgarian air force members to clean, paint and decorate post-operation rooms in the children's wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Doctor Margarita Stefanova, St. George's University chief pediatric surgeon, introduces volunteers to one of the pediatric department patients in appreciation for renovating part of the hospital's pediatric wing April 22, 2012, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. U.S. Air Force members are deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base in support of Thracian Star 2012, a bilateral coalition training exercise geared towards strengthening partnerships and improving interoperability between NATO allies. More than 60 U.S. and Bulgarian Air Force members spent two days cleaning, painting and decorating 11 post-operation rooms in the pediatric surgery ward. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Capt. Kirby Sanford, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, prepares for his flight in a Bulgarian air force MiG-29 April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Sanford is deployed here from Aviano Air Base, Italy, along with more than 500 31st Fighter Wing personnel in support of exercise Thracian Star 2012. The coalition training is aimed at strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperibility between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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A Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot taxis past two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Two fighter squadrons and more than 500 personnel are deployed here from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of Thracian Star 2012, an exercise geared toward strengthening partnerships and increasing the interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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A Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot lands April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Two U.S. fighter squadrons and more than 500 personnel are deployed here from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of Thracian Star 2012. The month-long exercise is geared toward strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Bulgarian air force Sgt. Atanas Atanasov, life support technician, equips Capt. Kirby Sanford with gear needed for his MiG-29 flight April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Sanford is an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 555th Fighter Squadron based out of Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons are deployed here in support of Thracian Star 2012, an exercise aimed at strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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A Bulgarian air force MiG-21 pilot taxis past U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Two U.S. fighter squadrons and more than 500 personnel are deployed here from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of Thracian Star 2012. The month-long exercise is geared toward strengthening partnerships and increasing interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Capt. Kirby Sanford, (rear seat), 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, prepares for his flight in a Bulgarian air force MiG-29 April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. During Thracian Star 2012, a bilateral training exercise, Aviano-based F-16 pilots are scheduled to spend more than 60 hours per week flying close air support, basic fighter and air combat maneuvers, tactical intercepts, defensive counter air and large force missions with Bulgarian MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Col. David Walker, 31st Operations Group and Thracian Star 2012 detachment commander, and Capt. Petar Milkov, Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot, prepare to fly in an F-16 Fighting Falcon April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. More than 500 people are deployed here from the 31st Fighter Wing in support of the month-long coalition training exercise aimed at increasing interoperability between NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Col. David Walker, 31st Operations Group and Thracian Star 2012 detachment commander, and Capt. Petar Milkov, Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot, prepare to fly in an F-16 Fighting Falcon April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Two fighter squadrons with more than two dozen aircraft and 500 personnel are deployed here from Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of exercise Thracian Star 2012. During the exercise, Aviano F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots are scheduled to spend more than 60 hours per week flying close air support, basic fighter and air combat maneuvers, tactical intercepts, defensive counter air and large force missions with Bulgarian MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Capt. Kirby Sanford, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, and Bulgarian air force Maj. Ilia Doychinov, 1st Fighter Squadron commander, walk toward a line of MiG-29 and MiG-21 aircraft April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. Sanford is deployed here from Aviano Air Base, Italy, with more than 500 personnel in support of exercise Thracian Star 2012. The month-long training will provide the two air forces the opportunity to gain better insight into both the tactics of the pilots and the capabilities of the different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot, Capt. Petar Milkov, climbs into a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon for his ride-along flight April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria, while Col. David Walker, 31st Operations Group and Thracian Star 2012 detachment commander from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, reviews his pre-flight checklist. In order to increase interoperability between the two nations, U.S. and Bulgarian pilots are scheduled to spend more than 60 hours per week flying close air support, basic fighter and air combat maneuvers, tactical intercepts, defensive counter air and large force missions during the month-long exercise. Milkov was the first of several MiG-29 pilots to fly in an F-16 during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot, Capt. Petar Milkov, is fitted for life support equipment before his F-16 ride-along flight April 19, 2012, at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria. More than two dozen aircraft and 500 Airmen are deployed here from Aviano in support of exercise Thracian Star 2012. Throughout the month-long bilateral training exercise, Aviano F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots are scheduled to spend more than 60 hours per week flying close air support, basic fighter and air combat maneuvers, tactical intercepts, defensive counter air and large force missions with Bulgarian MiG-21 and MiG-29 pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilots prepare their jets for de-arming after landing here April 17, 2012 from Aviano Air Base, Italy. More than two dozen aircraft and 500 U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB are taking part in Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. This is the third time since 2007 that men and women from the 31st FW have conducted this type of training with the Bulgarians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Crew chiefs from the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform post-flight maintenance on a 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 here April 17, 2012 after arriving from Aviano Air Base, Italy. More than two dozen aircraft and 500 U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB are taking part in Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. This is the third time since 2007 that men and women from the 31st FW have conducted this type of training with the Bulgarians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilots taxi their jets down the runway April 17, 2012 after arriving from Aviano Air Base, Italy. More than two dozen aircraft and 500 U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB are taking part in Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. This is the third time since 2007 that men and women from the 31st FW have conducted this type of training with the Bulgarians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot taxis past a line of Bulgarian air force MiG-21 and MiG-29 aircraft April 17, 2012 after arriving from Aviano Air Base, Italy. More than two dozen aircraft and 500 U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB are taking part in Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. This is the third time since 2007 that men and women from the 31st FW have conducted this type of training with the Bulgarians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez Lopez, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals in two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilots after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- A 31st Fighter Wing F-16 pilot prepares his jet for de-arming after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Tech. Sgt. Brent Watkins, Airman Gage Boardingham and Airman 1st Class Corey Loesch, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, test a barrier engagement on an F-16 after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Staff Sgt. David Ambrusko, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels service controller, refuels an F-16 after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Airman 1st Class Angel Guerrero, 31st Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs post-flight maintenance on an F-16 after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Col. David Walker, 31st Operations Group and Thracian Star 2012 detachment commander, speaks to a journalist from the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency through a translator April 18, 2012 during the opening ceremony for the month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. Bulgarian and American senior officials took the opportunity to acknowledge and express appreciation for the long-standing partnership between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE; Bulgaria -- A Bulgarian air force band plays the American national anthem during the Thracian Star 2012 opening ceremony April 18. Thracian Star 2012 is a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. While this is not the first time the Bulgarian air force has hosted American forces at Graf Ignatievo; Thracian Star 2012 boasts the largest contingent of Airmen to date they’ve hosted.; In all; the 31st FW brought more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 Airmen—about twice the amount than any other U.S. Air Forces in Europe wing thus far. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria -- Maj. Metodi Orlov, (left), a Bulgarian air force MiG-29 pilot, welcomes Maj. Matthew Brockhaus, (right), an F-16 pilot deployed with the 555th Fighter Squadron out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Bulgaria on April 17, 2012. Brockhaus is one of more than 500 U.S. Airmen taking part in Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian air force. This is the third time since 2007 that men and women from the 31st Fighter Wing out of Aviano AB have conducted this type of training with the Bulgarians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
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