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  • 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.
  • 31st FW kicks-off Astral Knight 2021

    Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing kicked-off Astral Knight 2021, a joint, multinational exercise operating out of multiple locations throughout Europe, May 13, 2021 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.AK21 is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa-led event involving U.S. Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors working with service members from Albania, Croatia,
  • 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
  • HAF transports 31 FW members to INIOCHOS 21

    A Hellenic air force (HAF) C-130 Hercules, carrying members from the 31st Fighter Wing, takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. The 31st FW is participating in INIOCHOS 21, a HAF-led, large force flying exercise focused on strengthening partnerships and interoperability at Andravida Air Base in Greece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
  • Always ready: Wyvern EOD

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Burger, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team leader, puts safety pins on an F-16 Fighting Falcon to secure the aircraft during a training session at Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 23, 2021. The training session simulated an in-flight emergency scenario. During the training, an EOD
  • COMUSAFE visits Aviano

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brion Blais, USAFE-AFAFRICA command chief, visited Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 24-25, and familiarized themselves with the 31st Fighter Wing’s current mission and operations.
  • Breaking Down Barriers: 1st Lt. Robert O’Neil, Tuskegee Airman

    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ashley O’Brien, 31st Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity superintendent, recalls a memory of her sitting in a sixth grade classroom, hanging onto every detail of a Tuskegee Airman’s words as he recounted his escapades.
  • 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.
  • Top it off: US, Hellenic air forces practice in-flight refueling

    A KC-135 Stratotanker, from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, joined F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and the Hellenic air force to perform in-flight refueling operations during a flying training deployment, Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, 2017, at Souda Bay, Greece.
  • In the wrong place at the right time

    It was just another day in Pordenone, Italy, for an Air Force firefighter who was driving home. When his training and experience were needed to save someone’s life.
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