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Welcome to Aviano, home of the 31st Fighter Wing

Congratulation on your assignment to Aviano Air Base, home of the 31st Fighter Wing. Like all military assignments, Aviano presents its own unique set of benefits and challenges, but with a little preparation and help from your sponsor, your transition should be a smooth one.

In order to make your transition easier, all inbound personnel are assigned a sponsor from their unit. If you haven't been contacted by a sponsor, send a note with the unit you expect to join and some good contact information to  

Depending on what unit you will be assigned to, you will reside in one of eight unaccompanied housing dormitories in one of two geographically separated areas of the base. Each dormitory is fully furnished and includes a bathroom, shared kitchen and community laundry room and day room for the members' convenience. Each dormitory campus also has a dining facility located within walking distance serving hot meals several times a day.

As you transition into the dorm life, I ask that you be respectful of your neighbors and become familiar with the rules listed in the unaccompanied housing handbook.

For those of you planning on driving in Italy, I suggest obtaining a driver's license in the United States before departing for Aviano if you don't already have one. The base does not have the capability to administer this test and a United States driver's license is required in order to obtain an Armed Forces in Italy Driver's license (a requirement to drive your vehicle in Italy). For those not interested in driving while here, rest assured there is a base shuttle available.

One big change Airmen will find here in Italy is that the legal drinking age on base is 18 years old. In addition, any person registering .05 or higher on a Breathalyzer Test in Italy (to include on base) is considered to be over the legal limit for alcohol consumption and should not operate any motor vehicles. If you choose to drink alcohol while stationed here, please do so responsibly.

Please check out other items of note on the Top Ten list, created by "dorm dwellers" stationed here at Aviano as well as other pertinent newcomers information located on the base website, In addition, the "Aviano Air Base" FaceBook page may prove to be a helpful resource.