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3rd AF CC/CCC tour Wyvern Nation

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

Airman 1st Class Arden Ball, 31st Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory technician, left, speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, middle, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Third Air Force command chief, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 11, 2021. Ball showcased the calibration of a firing pin protrusion gauge using a calibrated surface plate, height transfer standard and height measuring gauge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Third Air Force command chief, observes a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician calibrate a firing pin protrusion gauge at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 11, 2021. Firing pin protrusion gauges are used to perform weapon system inspections for the 31st Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Third Air Force command chief, processes a COVID-19 testing sample from U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 11, 2021. During their visit, 3rd AF leadership learned the process of and received COVID-19 tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, visits Aviano Elementary School at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 10, 2021. Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

A member from the 31st Medical Group briefs Third Air Force leadership in a clinic at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 11, 2021. The wing recently opened the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic is a pilot program unique to Aviano and a new approach to Air Force physical care. COBRA offers a variety of treatments for Airmen who can now walk in and start care the same day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

A member of the Italian air force salutes U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, upon his arrival at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 10, 2021. Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

Leadership from the 3rd AF gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here.

Leadership from the Third Air Force arrives at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 10, 2021. They gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during their visit here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, Third Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Third Air Force command chief, engaged with Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing during his visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 10-11, 2021.  

 

Reed and Kwiatkowski gained insight on the base’s priorities, mission capabilities, and plans for future innovation during his time visiting Aviano Air Base. 

 

“Chief Kwiatkowski and I visit to understand the Airmen, families, and mission; it’s not possible to separate them,” Reed said. “There is an amazing chemistry here and we needed to see it first-hand. As a result, we are more informed to help where needed.” 

 

These distinguished visitors met with different base agencies, each of them showcasing their knowledge and capabilities within their specialties. Airmen shared their creative ways to accomplish the 31st FW mission with Reed, highlighting the improvement on the community’s quality of life. 

 

During the visit, Reed and Kwiatkowski also attended briefings with the medical control center, public health and the travel working group to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of resilience throughout the wing. 

 

“Resiliency is key, but the secret sauce here is the strength of the community,” said Reed. “Chief Kwiatkowski and I have heard from mission hackers, students, care providers and more that COVID presents extreme challenges, but the human spirit through unity is vital to success!” 

 

The wing recently opened the Comprehensive Operational Medicine for Battle Ready Airmen (COBRA) Clinic, which demonstrated how the 31st FW is accelerating into the future with new innovative ideas. These ideas include the creation of a hub and spoke model of care incorporating diagnosis, recovery, rehabilitation, and performance optimization into a single unified mission. 

 

“COBRA and Airmen 4 Life are just a couple of many homegrown ideas that make life better,” said Reed. “These ideas prove the power of selfless commitment to improve others is both inspirational and motivating. In fact, it is yet more proof of the unique chemistry here that strengthens individuals, the community, and the mission. Keep it up!”   

 

Airmen from the 31st FW are remaining informed and empowered to come up with unique solutions and make smart recommendations and decisions to keep the mission going. 

 

Throughout the visit, 3rd AF leadership took the time to recognize some of 31st FW’s exceptional performers. He spoke with Airmen to learn more about who they were and their accomplishments, and expressed his appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the entire case community.