Aviano News

  • History of Friuli Venezia Giulia region

    Travelers can visit many different historical sites and experience a mixture of traditions, languages and religions within the diverse Friuli Venezia Giulia region, a region that borders Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.
  • AFA raises money for breast cancer awareness

    Last October, the Aviano Firefighters Association sold their annual custom-made breast cancer awareness shirts and hoodies to raise money for breast cancer awareness month.
  • Investing in the bank of trust

    Nearly two weeks after the 31st Fighter Wing held its first Unity in Diversity Day, Airmen are still hard at work compiling surveys, gathering data, and planning a way forward. Unity in Diversity Day was never intended to be a one-off event, but the first step towards bigger, meaningful change.
  • Wyverns connect to make friends and build families

    As the old saying goes, ‘we choose our friends, not our family.’ The personal and positive nature of friendship is voluntary and may often be the best of occurrences.
  • 56th HMU sets roots in Aviano

    From Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, the 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit has finally finished setting down roots at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
  • 31st CS keeps Wyvern Nation connected during COVID-19

    The 31st Communications Squadron kept the 31st Fighter Wing virtually connected during COVID-19 operations.
  • Wyvern Nation is listening

    The 31st Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity office among other trained facilitators and helping agencies hosted a series of group discussions for Wyvern Nations.
  • 31st FSS hosts Fourth of July celebration for Wyvern Nation

    The 31st Force Support Squadron held an Independence Day event, July 4, 2020, at Aviano AB. The event was held outside at Freedom Park and included food, movies and a fireworks show.
  • 31st FW conducts Operation Porcupine 2020

    Multiple squadrons from the 31st Fighter Wing worked closely during Exercise Operation Porcupine, June 30, 2020, at Aviano Air Base.
  • A Day in the Life: Pilot on the Ground

    Over the years, the U.S. Air Force has employed some of the most advanced aircraft in the world, its pilots utilizing extraordinary skill and precision to command the skies. While mission success is paramount, a pilot’s role as an officer and leader is just as important, and often overlooked.
  • Aviano releases the 2019 drinking water report

    The 31st Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering flight recently released the 2019 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report.
  • USAFE-AFAFRICA opens enrollment for commercial fitness app

    Beginning June, 25, 2020, as part of a phased roll-out, uniformed Total Force Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa can enroll in a commercial fitness application free of charge on their personal cell phones.
  • 31st Fighter Wing Trains with ITAF at Rivolto Air Base

    Aviano Air Base participated in a two day joint exercise with Italian Air Force members at Rivolto Air Base, Italy on June 10 and 11.
  • Black 1999 Ford Ranger

    It's crazy how a certain smell, sound, or even an image can take you back to a moment in time.
  • 724 AMS remembers fallen ‘Port Dawgs’

    Members of the 724th Air Mobility Squadron held a Port Dawg memorial run, June 18, 2020 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
  • Airman earns save at Aviano

    In preparation for the Joint Airborne Air Transportability training quickly approaching, Tech. Sgt. Robert, a pararescue team leader from the 57th Rescue Squadron, performed jump training to stay current on his training.
  • Apart, together; Buzzards weather COVID-19 storm

    Normally a place full of energy and motion, lately the 510th Fighter Squadron building has been abnormally quiet and nearly empty. The squadron spent several months split into fourths with different reporting times and locations to help slow the spread of COVID-19; they may have been separated but the Buzzards were far from divided in strength.
  • 31st Fighter Wing welcomes new commander

    Brig. Gen. Jason E. Bailey took command of the 31st Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. Daniel T. Lasica during a change of command ceremony, June 5, 2020 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
  • Aviano Elephant Walk

    The 31st Fighter Wing completed the first Elephant Walk in Aviano history, June 1, 2020 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Launching 23 F-16s one right after the other, with six minutes of uninterrupted after burner—a stirring sight and an important first.
  • Time capsule from ALS class 1999-A found at Aviano

    When 2nd Lt. Connor Heneghan, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation officer in command, was walking by an old storage container one morning, he unknowingly stumbled upon a long-forgotten piece of Aviano history, 21 years in the making.
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Around the Air Force

  • SecAF visits Nellis AFB, Airmen innovation showcased

    Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett visited Nellis Air Force Base Aug. 10-12 to see firsthand how Nellis AFB Airmen are driving innovation for the future.
  • New Medical Provider Trends Dashboard Available for Members

    Airmen and Space Professionals relocating on a permanent change of station with dependents are now
  • 374th SFS strengthens bilateral ties with Koku-Jieitai

    The 374th Security Forces Squadron performed a flightline-intrusion scenario to test the comprehension and ability of Koku-Jieitai members to react quickly under pressure.
  • OSI duo takes action on interstate

    Special Agent Robert Davis and Lieve Cuypers were traveling eastbound on I-64 near Quinton when they approached a single-vehicle accident. A red sedan had flipped over into a ditch and was smoking. Davis ran to the vehicle.
  • Academy cadets celebrate Acceptance Day

    Despite strict parameters to mitigate the coronavirus, including spatial distancing, mandatory wear of facemasks and a very limited audience, Acceptance Day held all the tradition one would expect at an event usually attended by thousands of friends and relatives.
  • F-35A joins Red Flag-Alaska, soars to new heights

    The 356th Fighter Squadron and 388th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lightning IIs are the first F-35s to participate in the U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise.
  • Air Force announces second set of new scholarships for HBCU students

    The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps coordinated with leadership within Junior ROTC and its aviation program, the AFJROTC Flight Academy, to find rising college freshmen that had demonstrated leadership ability, aviation competencies, a propensity to serve in the U.S. military and an interest in attending an HBCU.
  • B-1 crew trains with Japan, USS Ronald Reagan in Indo-Pacific

    The continual interoperability training is designed to promote stability, security and seamless integration throughout the Indo-Pacific for the U.S. Air Force and joint and partner forces.
  • AF AI Accelerator brings future faster

    Mankind has often dreamed of what the future may hold. Every advancement in technology opens minds to dream bigger and better. Imagination is the only final frontier as the human race ventures deeper into what were previously only lightly treaded territories.
  • Jolly Green II continues tests, completes first aerial refueling

    The connection marked the start of two weeks of developmental testing of the aircraft’s aerial refueling abilities by 413th Flight Test Squadron testers and their mission partners.
  • AF Security Forces Center commander looks back on legacy of change

    Air Force Security Forces Center's mission is to execute the organizing, training and equipping of more than 38,000 security forces members in the active and air reserve components with its four directorates and three geographically separated detachments, the Desert Defender Readiness Training Center at Fort Bliss, Texas and two corrections facilities located at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • Air Force update for COVID-19

    In an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 and to prioritize the health and safety of Department of the Air Force personnel, the following modifications have been made:
  • Kessel Run panel talks path to production

    Kessel Run experts detail their path to production for digital applications during a virtual question and answer July 30.
  • Survivor harnesses resilience to overcome invisible wounds

    Reality hit when then Airman First Class Brittany Johnson of the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron left the hospital in September 2010 after a week-long stay for sexual and physical assault. “I didn’t feel like myself,” recalls Johnson, now a technical sergeant with the 36th Civil Engineering Squadron. “I couldn’t find joy in activities anymore.”
  • Air University teaches space as a warfighting domain

    In all levels of professional military education and select professional continuing education curricula, the university will now be presenting space curriculum that is focused on developing joint-minded graduates who are prepared for joint, all-domain conflict, where the space domain is likely to be contested, degraded and operationally limited.
  • Space Force awards National Security Space Launch Phase 2 launch service contracts to ULA, SpaceX

    The Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office, competitively awarded two Firm-Fixed-Price, Indefinite Delivery Requirement contracts for National Security Space launch services to United Launch Alliance LLC and SpaceX Aug. 7.
  • US delivers humanitarian aid to Beirut

    Personnel from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Mobility Command’s 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron and 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron on Al Udeid Air Base, and the Area Support Group-Qatar from Camp As Sayliyah worked to palletize food, water and medical supplies delivered to Beirut later that day.
  • AF Week in Photos

    This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
  • MacDill AFB beats the heat with innovation

    Aiming to allow military members to work hard in a more comfortable environment, the Personal Cooling System, or PCS, provided by Florida-based RINI Technologies keeps Airmen at a cool 72-degrees while being compact enough to wear beneath protective gear and clothing.
  • New Acquisition Guidance Leverages Diverse Talent Pool for Competitive Edge

    The Department of the Air Force issued a new guidance memorandum Aug. 4 that implements policy and standards for establishing anthropometric — or body size — design specifications for all acquisitions programs using current male and female recruitment population data.
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