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Local Mayors visit Aviano

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  • By Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan
  • 31st Fighter Wing

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jason Bailey, 31st Fighter Wing commander, alongside Italian air force Col. Marco Schiattoni, Italian Base Commander, hosted the first 31st FW Community Council meeting with nine local mayors on June 7, 2022.

"There are both unique challenges and amazing opportunities for our Airmen and families as members of the local Italian community," said Bailey. "This forum gives community leaders an opportunity to come together and identify ways we can meet those challenges and enhance those opportunities, for the benefit of both our Airmen and our Italian neighbors."

The Community Council meeting aimed to not only educate the Mayors on issues, but to offer a forum for open dialogue on various topics like housing options for Airmen and opportunities to increase awareness for off-base functions. The forum also gave the Mayors the opportunity to bring forward topics they wanted to address with the broader community.

"These meetings are for the successes and challenges," said Bailey. "We are here to build friendships, collaborate through transparency and trust, and grow our communities."

The base and community plan to hold these meetings annually.