• 123rd Air Control Squadron augments Astral Knight 19 with personnel, experience

    The 606th Air Control Squadron’s radar site for Astral Knight 19, a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense in Europe, sits nestled up against the runway of a small airport just outside Pula, Croatia. For the members of the 123rd ACS an Air National Guard unit based at Blue Ash Air Station in Cincinnati, the journey to augment the 606th ACS during the exercise was nearly 5,000 miles. But despite the distance, not much has changed for the 123rd ACS, from how they approach the mission to the look of the surrounding landscape.
  • Wyvern Warrior- A1C Alexys St. Charles

    This week’s Wyvern Warrior is A1C Alexys St. Charles, a 31st Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician at Aviano AB, Italy. Originally from Joshua Tree, California, St. Charles has been in the Air Force for 15 months. She has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty as an Airman and a Wingman. In December, after receiving a message from a friend stating they wanted to harm themselves, she quickly sprang into action notifying the first sergeant, rushing to the member’s house, and getting them the help they needed. Additionally, her favorite movie is “She’s the Man” starring Amanda Bynes and her favorite musician is Drake. A hardship that she has faced was losing partial vision in her right eye which has reinforced her personal motto “Everything happens for a reason.” St. Charles’s inspiration is her supervisor Tech. Sgt. Augustine Defreitas, because “No matter what time of day, or what she is doing she always makes time for the people that she is in charge of,” said St. Charles. Finally, if you know St. Charles you know that she is extremely stubborn and she never backs down from a fight or a challenge. St. Charles you are doing a remarkable job! Keep up the great work!
  • 31st Force Support Squadron flexes field capability in support of Astral Knight 19

    In the middle of exercises like Astral Knight 19, a joint, multinational exercise designed to test Europe and NATO’s integrated air and missile defense, your next meal often becomes a low priority.
  • Exercise Astral Knight 2019 boasts multinational relations

    Senior leaders, Italian Air Force Maj. Gen. Silvano Frigerio, Combat Force Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Mato Mikic, Croatian Air Force commander, and Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, Slovenia chief of defense, visited Aviano Air Base, Italy as part of Astral Knight 2019, June 4.
  • Astral Knight 2019: Enhancing regional security

    U.S. Military Forces in Europe work closely with coalition forces from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia to execute Astral Knight 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and various locations across Europe, June 3, 2019.
  • 606th Air Control Squadron engaged and ready to support Astral Knight 2019

    The day started at 5:30 a.m. on May 23, 2019, a crisp spring morning at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The rising sun had barely crested the horizon as vehicle engines roared to life inside the 606th Air Control Squadron’s compound. Headlights buzzed on, and row by row, the vehicles rolled past a small crowd of smiling 31st Fighter Wing leadership gripping coffee cups in one hand and waving goodbye with the other.
  • Exceptional Leader Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Nicolas Capriato

    First by finding a love for sports, then by joining the U.S. Air Force, and finally, developing the family he always longed for, he rose from the ashes to become an exceptional leader.
  • Memorial Day 2019

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy attended the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event on May 27, 2019.

    Two black chairs sat on top of the beige stage, with blue curtains hanging from behind. Music played from a speaker, welcoming everyone into the “Conversations.”