31st Maintenance Squadron


The 31st Maintenance Squadron executes and employs expeditionary aircraft maintenance support of 51 F-16 aircraft, 5 HH-60 helicopters, and orchestrates 400+ personnel to control and maintain equipment in excess of $70M while providing specialized expertise in the areas of fabrication, accessories, AGE, transient alert, aircraft inspections, avionics, and precision equipment calibration.

"Highly dedicated professionals, providing outstanding on and off equipment maintenance, producing safe, reliable, and highly effective combat aircraft, any time... any place."

The more than 375 active-duty and civilian employees filling 13 Air Force specialty codes are assigned to 21 assigned maintenance sections within the unit's seven flights. They maintain 50 assigned F-16C/D aircraft valued at $1.34 billion and associated support equipment valued in excess of $125 million.

The seven flights within the 31st MXS are accessories, aerospace ground equipment, avionics, programs, fabrication, maintenance, and test measurement and diagnostic equipment. The unit falls under the 31st Maintenance Group, 31st Fighter Wing, and is located at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Initially established as part of the 31st Maintenance and Supply Group in 1947, the 31st MXS has always had a "keep 'em flying" attitude. Regardless of the aircraft type assigned, whether the P-51 Mustang, F-84 Thunderstreak, F-100 Super Saber, KB-50 Superfortress, F-4 Phantom II, or now, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, maintainers from the 31st MXS have remained steadfast in their commitment to keep their jets mission capable and combat ready. This pursuit has taken them literally across the globe--from stateside basing to Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam; to Florida; and finally, to Europe.

On April 1, 1994, the 31st MXS came to Aviano AB, Italy, as part of the relocation of the 31st Fighter Wing following Hurricane Andrew's devastation of Homestead Air Force Base, Florida. While there have been many changes since then, the assigned aircraft has remained the Block 40 F-16C/D.

31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office
Unit 6140, Box 100
Aviano AB, Italy
APO AE 09604