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Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett speaks to an Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing before she departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During her visit she listened to 31st FW’s mission briefs and coined multiple exceptional Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett speaks to an Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing before she departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During her visit she listened to 31st FW’s mission briefs and coined multiple exceptional Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass listens to a brief about the 31st Fighter Wing’s Airman 4 life program and receives a tour of the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour of the clinic, Airmen briefed leadership on their areas of expertise, while focusing on how Airmen are thinking of creative ways to improve their community’s quality of life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass listens to a brief about the 31st Fighter Wing’s Airman 4 life program and receives a tour of the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour of the clinic, Airmen briefed leadership on their areas of expertise, while focusing on how Airmen are thinking of creative ways to improve their community’s quality of life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

During their visit, the SECAF, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett is briefed by an Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing during a visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During their visit, the SECAF, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.

U.S. Air Force Col. Leslie Hauck, 31st Operations Group commander, right, and Italian air force Col. Luca Crovatti, Aviano Air Base commander, left, wait for the arrival of the SECAF, CSAF, and CMSAF at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 22, 2020. During their visit, the Air Force leaders connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Cusimano)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass bids farewell to a member from the 31st Fighter Wing before she departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During her visit she listened to 31st FW mission briefs and coined multiple exceptional Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass bids farewell to a member from the 31st Fighter Wing before she departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During her visit she listened to 31st FW mission briefs and coined multiple exceptional Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour of the clinic, Brown was shown a sensory deprivation tank and was briefed on new innovative ideas, such as incorporating diagnosis, recovery, rehabilitation, and performance optimization into a single unified mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour of the clinic, Brown was shown a sensory deprivation tank and was briefed on new innovative ideas, such as incorporating diagnosis, recovery, rehabilitation, and performance optimization into a single unified mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

During their visit, the SECAF, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., left, and Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, right, discuss wing interaction, partnerships and exercises with Airmen from the 31st Security Forces Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. Airmen from the 31st SFS briefed the SECAF, CSAF, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on counter-small unmanned aircraft systems and training programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, arrive at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 22, 2020. During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Cusimano)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks to an Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing before he departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During his visit he connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st FW’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks to an Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing before he departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During his visit he connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st FW’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour, the COVID-19 response team spoke about the innovative processes that were implemented throughout the 31st Fighter Wing during the global pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour, the COVID-19 response team spoke about the innovative processes that were implemented throughout the 31st Fighter Wing during the global pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. attends a breakfast with Airmen at the La Dolce Vita Dining Facility, Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing attended a breakfast hosted by the Secretary of the Air Force, CSAF, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour, the COVID-19 response team spoke about the innovative processes that were implemented throughout the 31st Fighter Wing during the global pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. tours the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic and receives briefs about several different programs at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 23, 2020. During the tour, the COVID-19 response team spoke about the innovative processes that were implemented throughout the 31st Fighter Wing during the global pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valarie Halbert)

During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Leslie Hauck, 31st Operations Group commander, welcomes Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 22, 2020. During their visit, they connected with Airmen and toured Aviano Air Base to emphasize the importance of the 31st Fighter Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Cusimano)

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Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, engaged with Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing during their visit to Aviano Air Base, Dec. 23, 2020.  

 

The visit began with breakfast with Airmen at the La Dolce Vita Dining Facility, where senior leaders spoke directly with Airmen to learn about Wyvern Nation’s contributions to the Air Force mission. 

 

“Meeting the senior leaders of the force was extremely rewarding,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alban Rivas, 31st Maintenance Group weapon systems coordinator. “After speaking to our [Air Force Senior Leaders] I was able to learn key factors of their vision and [how] they want to take the [U.S. Air Force] to a more technologically sound, and people-first culture within their term.” 

 

The next stop was the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic, where Airmen receive rapid evaluation sensitive to the operations of their unit and their unique requirements in an evidence-based way. 

 

At the Cobra Clinic, Secretary Barrett, General Brown, and Chief Bass were shown how the 31st Fighter Wing is accelerating into the future with new innovative ideas, like the creation of a hub and spoke model of care incorporating diagnosis, recovery, rehabilitation, and performance optimization into a single unified mission. 

 

“Seeing the COBRA clinic in person and learning how this team cut through bureaucratic processes to drive innovation was truly awesome,” said Brown. “The clinicians recognized a need for change, and accelerated the pathway of care to keep our Airmen ready.”

 

Throughout the visit, Airmen briefed leadership on areas of expertise, focusing on how Airmen are thinking of creative ways to improve their community’s quality of life.

 

“I was impressed with the 31st Maintenance Group’s Airman 4 Life program and the initiatives to develop and care for not just our young Airmen, but all Airmen,” said Bass. “This type of mindset, focused on protecting time to develop our Airmen’s resiliency skills both in and out of uniform, will truly change the culture of the Air Force for the better.”

 

The 31st FW Airmen are remaining informed and empowered to problem-solve and come up with unique solutions, and make smart recommendations and decision.

 

“Visits like these allow us to showcase our Airmen’s accomplishments to our Senior Leaders,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Kimberly Smith, 31st Medical Support Squadron resources management and administration flight commander. “This visit brings a unique opportunity to highlight the remarkable work they do every day.”

 

Throughout the visit, they took time to recognize some of 31st FW’s exceptional performers. They spoke with Airmen to learn more about who they are and their accomplishments. 

 

“Aviano Airmen define the leading edge of the Air Force’s preparations for future operations,” said Barrett. “Wyvern Nation challenges the status quo by finding new ways to take care of people while executing agile combat employment.”

 

This stopover was also a return to a place that was once home for one of the visitors.

 

“Though this visit was short and limited for safety measures, I was able to connect with Airmen and reflect on how much my family and I love the Italian culture and cherish the friends we made while at Aviano,” said Brown. “It’s wonderful to see the partnership between the base and Italian community, that I enjoyed here as a wing commander, is still as strong as ever.”

 

All COVID-19 safety measures were implemented during this visit, which lasted less than 24 hours.