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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing awaits refueling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st FW participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing awaits refueling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st FW participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Bueno, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, attaches a fueling line to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. Crew chiefs work alongside many other career fields in the Air Force to ensure the upkeep of aircraft assigned to the wing. Maintenance airmen work around the clock, often in less-than-ideal weather conditions, to keep the wing mission-ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Bueno, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, attaches a fueling line to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. Crew chiefs work alongside many other career fields in the Air Force to ensure the upkeep of aircraft assigned to the wing. Maintenance airmen work around the clock, often in less-than-ideal weather conditions, to keep the wing mission-ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Gomez, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, fuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. LRS airmen are one of many career fields essential to flightline operations, especially during surge operations, as they deliver much-needed fuels for those aircraft to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

Senior Airman Brandon Gomez, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, fuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. LRS airmen are one of many career fields essential to flightline operations, especially during surge operations, as they deliver much-needed fuels for those aircraft to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Gomez, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, fuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. LRS airmen are one of many career fields essential to flightline operations, especially during surge operations, as they deliver much-needed fuels for those aircraft to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Gomez, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, fuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. LRS airmen are one of many career fields essential to flightline operations, especially during surge operations, as they deliver much-needed fuels for those aircraft to operate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

A fuel truck transfers Jet Propellant 8, or JP-8, fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st FW participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

A fuel truck transfers Jet Propellant 8, or JP-8, fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 2, 2020. The 31st FW participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. K. Tucker Owen)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

The 31st Fighter Wing participated in surge flying throughout the week. Surge flying is a period of increased operations for those working on the flightline as sorties increase to provide ample training opportunities to pilots. LRS airmen are one of many career fields essential to flightline operations, especially during surge operations, as they deliver much-needed fuels for those aircraft to operate. Crew chiefs work alongside many other career fields in the Air Force to ensure the upkeep of aircraft assigned to the wing. Maintenance airmen work around the clock, often in less-than-ideal weather conditions, to keep the wing mission-ready.