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Press Releases

  • Aviano host AMC and AFRC units in support of Defender 23 exercise

    The 31st Fighter Wing is supporting multiple Air Mobility Forces and Air Force Reserve Command units during Swift Response 23 part of DEFENDER 23 exercise, Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 5-20, 2023.Swift Response, Immediate Response and Saber Guardian are three linked exercises under DEFENDER 23, a

  • 31st FW conducts full-scale readiness exercise

    From 6 to 10 March 2023, the 31st Fighter Wing will conduct various training scenarios at Aviano airport. The exercises are scheduled to takeplace throughout the week and might occur during normal quiet hours. The activity will possibly include simulated explosions, increased flying activity, and

  • Aviano Airman passes in motorcycle accident

    Tech. Sgt. Christopher Jose Pentecostes, 34, an Airman assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Roveredo in Piano, Italy on January 5th.“Chris, or ‘Penny’ to his friends, had a rare compliment of intelligence and humility, and a

  • Aviano Airman dies, cause under investigation

    An Airman assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on Jan. 5, at approximately 6:50 AM in Roveredo in Piano, Italy.“We are devastated by the loss of one of our Airmen…a member of our 31st Fighter Wing family. We extend our heartfelt sympathies,

  • 555th FS F-16 Fighting Falcons take off for Falcon Strike 2022

    Exercise Falcon Strike 2022—an Italian Air Force training exercise which focuses on fifth and fourth-generation integration between NATO Allies operating the advanced F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter—kicked off today, continuing through Nov. 28, at Italy’s Amendola Air Base.

  • 555 FS, Bulgarian allies conclude Thracian Star 21

    More than 150 personnel and eight F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, participated in Thracian Star 21, a Bulgarian air force-led exercise, at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, July 9-23, 2021.

  • Aviano Airman passes in motorcycle accident

    Technical Sergeant Joshua Owens, an Airman assigned to the 31st Logistical Readiness Squadron here, died following a single motorcycle accident in Cordignano on June 4th.