USAFE AFAFRICA Wing Leadership Conference 2024

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  • By Airman 1st Class Joseph Bartoszek
  • 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy –Wing senior leaders and spouses from around U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa gathered for a Wing Leadership Conference held for the first time at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 8 - 11, 2024.

The conference was tailored to provide region-specific discussion on how best to serve with NATO allied and partner nation air forces, focusing specifically on strategic thinking and institutional leadership. The conference gave the leadership an opportunity to discuss operational and mission topics to build a more effective force.

While the various wing leaders met to discuss the challenges of the day, Airmen at Aviano AB participated in a three-day career development seminar led by the senior leaders from various European bases from Monday to Wednesday covering topics such as emotional intelligence, coaching and mentoring skills and great power competition.

In addition to the conference and professional development, Airmen from Aviano AB hosted an Order of the Sword Ceremony for retired Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and U.S. European Command commander. The ceremony included a reading and presentation of the Order of the Sword proclamation, a ceremonial scroll signed by the attendees attesting to Wolters’ service and leadership and the bestowal of a personal sword..