• Olympic bronze weightlifting medalist visits Aviano

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ian Bonner, 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, briefs Mirko Zanni, 2020 Summer Olympics weightlifting bronze medalist winner, about an F-16 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 19, 2021. Mirko, a 2020 Summer Olympics weightlifting bronze medalist winner, attended a powerlifting competition and toured different
  • 31 MXS, 52nd MXS conduct CDDAR certification

    U.S. Airmen assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron (MXS) and 52nd MXS attach a lifting sling onto a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 13, 2021. Airmen assigned to the 31st MXS and 52nd MXS performed an annual Crash, Damaged or Disabled Aircraft Recovery (CDDAR) lift certification to recertify on the correct
  • 31 FW, 48 FW conduct live fire air-to-air training employment

    For the first time in 14 years, the 31st Fighter Wing had the opportunity to conduct F-16C Fighting Falcon air-to-air live fire training employment within the United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE) area of responsibility, July 9-16, 2021.
  • 56th Rescue Squadron leads Personnel Recovery Training with Polish allies

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Eighty-eight Airmen assigned to Aviano Air Base conducted a combat integration event, Operation Burza (Storm), in Darlowo, Poland, July 15-31. Operation Burza focused on personnel recovery in contested maritime and land environments, weapons employment, and integration with Polish special forces. Thirty-three Airmaen
  • Thracian Star 21 strengthens partnerships and enhances ability to rapidly deploy

    More than 150 Airmen 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 aiming to enhance interoperability and the ability to rapidly deploy to remote locations, July 9-22, 2021.
  • A 555th AMU female crew chief wears title with pride

    To be a crew chief requires an individual to be resilient and ready for anything thrown their way. Crew chiefs work tireless hours in the blazing sun, pouring rain, or numbing cold to get their aircraft in the air and complete the mission.
  • Thracian Star 21; Bulgarian and U.S. Air Force strengthen interoperability

    A weapons load crew member assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepares to load a munition onto a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Bulgarian air force-led exercise Thracian Star 21 at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, July 12, 2021. Exercises such as Thracian Star 21 provide both U.S. Airmen and Bulgarian forces an
  • 555th FS F-16s arrive in Bulgaria for Thracian Star 21

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