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31 OSS ATCs keep their eyes on the sky

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron (OSS) air traffic controller, scans the horizon for landing lights and obstructions on the flight line at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. The ATCs observe aircraft in their airspace and monitor different variables such as wind speed and altitude. The 31st OSS provides current operations planning, air traffic control, airfield management and weather and intelligence support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron (OSS) air traffic controller, scans the horizon for landing lights and obstructions on the flight line at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. The ATCs observe aircraft in their airspace and monitor different variables such as wind speed and altitude. The 31st OSS provides current operations planning, air traffic control, airfield management and weather and intelligence support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controller, looks over a flight plan in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. Flight strips are used to verify an aircraft’s flight plan along with recordings of the controller’s audio communication with the aircraft. ATCs separate traffic by staying in communication with the pilots as they land and takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron, air traffic controller, looks over a flight plan in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. Flight strips are used to verify an aircraft’s flight plan along with recordings of the controller’s audio communication with the aircraft. ATCs separate traffic by staying in communication with the pilots as they land and takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Italian air force Maresciallo Gianluca Farina, Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), watches an HH-60 Pave Hawk takeoff from the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. ATCs plot aircraft positions on radar equipment and compute aircraft speed, direction and altitude. ATCs ensure the safety of the pilots, aircraft and civilians on the ground by staying vigilant and spotting complications before they happen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Italian air force Maresciallo Gianluca Farina, Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), watches an HH-60 Pave Hawk takeoff from the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. ATCs plot aircraft positions on radar equipment and compute aircraft speed, direction and altitude. ATCs ensure the safety of the pilots, aircraft and civilians on the ground by staying vigilant and spotting complications before they happen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

An Italian air force Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), patch is shown at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. The U.S. Air Force and ITAF ATCs work together to relay flight and landing instructions, weather updates, and safety information to pilots. The ATCs maneuver U.S. Air Force and ITAF F-16 Fighting Falcon and HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft on the flight line and in the airspace 24-hours per day, seven days per week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

An Italian air force Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), patch is shown at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. The U.S. Air Force and ITAF ATCs work together to relay flight and landing instructions, weather updates, and safety information to pilots. The ATCs maneuver U.S. Air Force and ITAF F-16 Fighting Falcon and HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft on the flight line and in the airspace 24-hours per day, seven days per week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Italian air force Maresciallo Francesco Di Maggio, Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), left, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron ATC, review flight data in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. ATCs plot aircraft positions on radar equipment and compute aircraft speed, direction and altitude. The U.S. Air Force and ITAF ATCs work together to relay flight and landing instructions, weather updates, and safety information to the pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Italian air force Maresciallo Francesco Di Maggio, Air Traffic Control Service, air traffic controller (ATC), left, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron ATC, review flight data in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. ATCs plot aircraft positions on radar equipment and compute aircraft speed, direction and altitude. The U.S. Air Force and ITAF ATCs work together to relay flight and landing instructions, weather updates, and safety information to the pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas, 31st Operations Support Squadron (OSS) air traffic controller, scans the horizon for landing lights and obstructions on the flight line at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. The ATCs observe aircraft in their airspace and monitor different variables such as wind speed and altitude. The 31st OSS provides current operations planning, air traffic control, airfield management and weather and intelligence support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)