31st Fighter Wing

31st Fighter Wing Mission and Vision

The mission of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, is to deter through safe, secure, effective operations. Win the current fight and be ready to win the next fight.

The vision is to be U.S. Air Force's premier assignment for Airmen and families. Our Air Force's most combat ready go-to Fighter Wing. Airmen who run to work and are proud of who they are and what they do, and a trusted ally.

The 31st FW maintains two F-16 fighter squadrons, the 555th Fighter Squadron and the 510th Fighter Squadron, capable of conducting offensive and defensive air combat operations. 

The 31st FW also hosts the 56th Rescue Squadron providing a rapidly-deployable, worldwide combat rescue and reaction force response utilizing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters. The 56th RQS integrates with the Guardian Angels weapon system and other special forces to support insertion, extraction and recovery of both U.S. and allied combatants.

The 31st FW has the 57th Rescue Squadron that leads, organizes, trains and equips Guardian Angel forces and combat support teams to conduct day and night personnel recovery operations in combat, as well as to provide combatant commanders with options to report, locate, recover and reintegrate isolated personnel. Additionally, the 57th RQS provides personnel recovery, combat search and rescue, civil search and rescue and casualty evacuation subject matter experts.

The 31st FW also includes the 606th Air Control Squadron, capable of providing air surveillance, control and communications.

In peacetime, the 31st FW prepares for its combat role by maintaining aircraft and personnel in a high state of readiness. The 31st FW is the only U.S. fighter wing south of the Alps. This strategic location makes the wing critical to operations in NATO's southern region.

The 31st FW has one assigned geographically separated unit, the 731st Munitions Squadron at Camp Darby, Italy. The wing also supports numerous other geographically separated units.

31st CPTS

31st Comptroller Squadron

The 31st Comptroller Squadron is responsible to the 31st Fighter Wing commander for the management of all appropriated funds and oversight of nonappropriated funds. In this capacity, the 31st CPTS provides decision support and advice to senior staff on all financial matters. Furthermore, the squadron provides military and travel pay support, accounting liaison and financial analysis services to all Aviano Air Base and associated units to include geographically separated units located throughout the Mediterranean region. Being the only squadron that works directly for the wing commander, the 31st Comptroller Squadron is also matrixed as the lead wing staff agency; handling administrative duties, long range planning, and oversight of 18 WSAs.

Wyvern One Reading List

Below are 10 categories with reading recommendations by Brig. Gen. Daniel T. Lasica, 31st Fighter Wing commander, for Team Aviano. The Wyvern One Reading List is an extension of the Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. 


Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among airmen, including officers, the enlisted force, and civilians. Each Air Force Chief of Staff since then has enhanced and continued the reading program. The list is constantly evolving, and now includes recommendations from CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright.


Download a printable version of the 31 FW/CC Reading List

Download printable instructions to access the books online through the Air Force Portal and Overdrive Access.

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The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid—America’s First World War II Victory

By Craig Nelson

A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II

By Ann B. Carl

Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airmen and POW

By Lewis Carlson

Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942

By Daniel Ford

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

By Ed Rasimus

The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security

By Grant T. Hammond


The Warrior Ethos

By Steven Pressfield

A Message to Garcia

By Elbert Hubbard

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

By Eric Greitens

Who Moved my Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Spencer Johnson

Make your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

By William H. McRaven

Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong

By Kristen Hadeed



By Sebastian Junger

A Peace to End all Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

By David Fromkin

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown

By Eric Blehm

Afghanistan: A Short History of its People and Politics

By Martin Ewans

Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families

By Karen M. Pavlicin

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

By Dave Grossman


Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

By Donald Phillips

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

By Simon Sinek

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

By Travis Bradberry

Developing the Leader Within You

By John C. Maxwell

GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth

The Next Fight

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War 

By P.W. Singer

Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare 

By Juan Zarate

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It 

By Richard A. Clarke

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century 

By P.W. Singer

Worm: The First Digital War 

By Mark Bowden

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

By Sebastian Junger


It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

By Colin Powell

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World 

By Stanley McChrystal

What Got you Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful 

By Marshall Goldsmith

How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

By John Wooden


Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

By Lee Ellis

Leadership: The Warriors Art

By Christopher Kolenda

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

By Colin Powell

Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A” 

By Ken Blanchard
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking 

By Malcom Gladwell

The Case for Servant Leadership 

By Kent Keith

Senior Leaders

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

By Patrick M. Lencioni

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime 

By Eliot Cohen

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

By Jim Collins

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Graham Allison

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 

By Atul Gawande

Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy 

By Colin Gray


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

By Jocko Willink

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

By Stanley McChrystal

The Moral Warrior: Ethics and Service in the U.S. Military

By Martin Cook

Wooden On Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

By John Wooden

Turn this Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

By David Marquet

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow

By John C. Maxwell

Civilian Airmen

The Speed of Trust

By Stephen M.R. Covey

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High 

By Kerry Patterson

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

Outliers: The Story of Success 

By Malcom Gladwell

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 

By Travis Bradberry

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues 

By Patrick Lencioni