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31st FW celebrates 25th Anniversary at Aviano

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel Lasica (left), 31st Fighter Wing commander, shakes hands with Italian Air Force Col. Luca Crovatti (right), ITAF base commander, during the 25th Anniversary of the 31st Fighter Wing Celebratory Banquet Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. This event marks 25 years since the 31st Fighter Wing transitioned to Aviano AB, Italy in 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Barre R. Seguin, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) strategic employment deputy chief of staff, speaks during the 25th Anniversary of the 31st Fighter Wing Celebratory Banquet Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Maj. Gen. Seguin was the 31st FW commander from 2014 to 2016, and reflected on both past and present successes of the wing as the guest speaker of the celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel Lasica (left), 31st Fighter Wing commander, cuts a cake with Italian Air Force Col. Luca Crovatti ITAF base commander, during the 25th Anniversary of the 31st Fighter Wing Celebratory Banquet Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Former 31st FW and ITAF base commanders since 1994, local Italian civic leaders, and current 31st FW and ITAF leadership and personnel attended the event to commemorate the years of partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Guests enjoy a meal during the 25th Anniversary of the 31st Fighter Wing Celebratory Banquet Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. In recognition of the 25th Anniversary at Aviano AB, both the ITAF and 31st FW commanders toasted to both countries and many more years of partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel Lasica, 31st Fighter Wing commander, stands at attention for the playing of the Italian and U.S. national anthems during the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. This event marks 25 years since the 31st FW transitioned to Aviano AB, Italy in 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

The 31st Fighter Wing hosted the 25th Anniversary of the 31st FW Celebratory Banquet on Oct. 5, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

This event marked 25 years since the 31st FW transitioned to Aviano AB in 1994. Former 31st FW and ITAF base commanders since 1994, local Italian civic leaders, and current 31st FW and ITAF leadership and personnel attended the event to commemorate the years of partnership.

Maj. Gen. Barre Seguin, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) strategic employment deputy chief of staff, was the guest speaker for the evening’s event. Maj. Gen. Seguin was also the former 31st FW commander from 2014 to 2016, and reflected on both past and present successes of the wing.

On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew destroyed the home of the 31st FW at Homestead AFB, Fla. On April 1, 1994, the 31st FW inactivated at Homestead and subsequently activated at Aviano AB in place of the 401st Fighter Wing.

The wing went on to receive two new squadrons, the 510th and 555th Fighter Squadrons, later joined by the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons and the 606th Air Control Squadron.

Over the past 25 years, the wing has conducted countless missions and combat operations in areas such as Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Libya in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).