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  • F-16s take off above snowy mountains

    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, takes off at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 30, 2021. The F-16 is a compact, maneuverable multi-role fighter aircraft and can reach speeds of 1,500 mph. The 31st Fighter Wing boasts a diverse combat mission set including the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons. (U.S. Air
  • 606th ACS integrates with 4th EASOS for Castle Forge

    In support of exercise Castle Forge, 20 Airmen assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron integrated with members from the 4th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron and 1st Combat Communications Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, October 26 through November 8 in Romania.
  • We Are All Wyverns: Native American Heritage Month

    November is Native American Heritage Month, where the culture, heritage, histories and traditions of Native Americans are celebrated and acknowledged.
  • Romanian Air Force C-130 loaded with cargo in support of operation Castle Forge

    A Romanian air force C-130 is loaded with cargo in support of an exercise under the larger Castle Forge operation at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 29, 2021. Operation Castle Forge is U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s premiere theater-wide Agile Combat Employment exercise, focused on shifting forces and the way they operate in a
  • Fighting Wyvern; 24-hour base defense exercise

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to the 31st Maintenance Group wears Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear while holding marshaling glow sticks to signal an F-16 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 4, 2021. The 31st Fighter Wing conducted exercise Fighting Wyvern, a base defense exercise, Nov. 1-5, and provided Airmen the opportunity to
  • EOD, SFS join forces for maximum base defense

    Staff Sgt. Tyler McConnell, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight member, activates a shotgun round on a robot during a base defense exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 3, 2021. The exercise was designed to test the 31st Fighter Wing’s ability to respond to a variety of potential threats, protect and generate combat
  • Wyverns put to test in base defense exercise

    An Airman assigned to the 31st Medical Group takes a sample of a simulated hazardous chemical during a base defense exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 2, 2021. The exercise was designed to test the 31st Fighter Wing’s ability to operate in different levels of defensive postures, respond to emerging threats including Chemical, Biological,
  • Aviano supports Operation Allies Welcome

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- After the official end of the U.S’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Medical Group at Aviano Air Base supported OAW in Ramstein Air Base by providing medical support to more than 35,000 evacuees, one of the largest reception ports for evacuees in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa as of Aug. 20, 2021.
  • NEO drill enhances base readiness

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The chance for evacuation, either from a threat change or natural disaster, is always a possibility and the 31st Fighter Wing is required to be prepared at all times.
  • 31 Maintenance Group hosts 3rd Quarter RAGE event

    U.S. Air Force Col. Vincent O’Connor, 31st Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks before the 3rd quarter Rapid Aircraft Generation and Employment (RAGE) event at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 7, 2021. RAGE features demonstrations and competitions that display the base’s ability to communicate, coordinate, and execute wartime operations. (U.S. Air Force
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