The 31st Mission Support Group goal is to provide world class infrastructure and service to support a premiere combat capability and quality of life to the 31 st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base community and multiple geographically separated units. The group is composed of six squadrons. The 31st Security Forces Squadron provides law enforcement services to the military community and maintains installation security during peacetime and wartime operations. The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron provides, operates and maintains the installation infrastructure, facilities and housing necessary to support aerospace forces at Aviano. The 31st Communications Squadron supports United States objectives throughout Europe's Southern Region with voice, data, imagery, airfield and information management. The 31st Force Support Squadron enhances combat capability, readiness and quality of life by providing programs, facilities, products and services. The 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron delivers and sustains combat logistics readiness support by planning and executing surface, rail, air and sea movement of passengers and cargo. The 31st Contracting Squadron acquires and supports war fighting capabilities through responsive business solutions and contracting support.
The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron enables the 31st Fighter Wing mission by providing world class facility, airfield, and utility system construction, operations, and maintenance; fire, explosive ordnance, and emergency management forces; unaccompanied and family housing facilities and programs; asset optimization; and environmental security. The unit trains and prepares combat ready Airmen and equipment to support the combatant commander and Air Expeditionary Force taskings.
The 31st Force Support Squadron is the 31st Fighter Wing's largest and most diverse squadron, comprised of more than 600 military and civilian personnel whose primary mission is to enhance combat capability, readiness, and quality of life for a community of nearly 10,000 military members, DoD civilians, local national employees, and dependents. The squadron accounts for over $260 million in base facilities as well as appropriated and non-appropriated fund activities of more than $25 million. The squadron is responsible for the daily operations of two dining facilities, 171 lodging rooms, 350 bed spaces in contingency dorms, two fitness centers, two child development centers, a consolidated club, youth center, skills center, leisure travel services, golf course, bowling center, veterinary clinic, library, honor guard, and the wing's readiness, casualty, and mortuary affairs programs. The squadron also includes several distinct mission support functions that include Military Personnel, Civilian Personnel, Manpower and Organization, Airmen & Family Readiness, Education Services, Airman Leadership School and the First Term Airman Center.
The 31st Communications Squadron is the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only communications squadron south of the Alps supporting permanently assigned fighter aircraft; and provides voice, data, airfield and information management services to the Southern Region. The squadron is responsible for the planning, installation, operations and maintenance of over $100 million in command, control, communications and computer systems in support of Presidential airborne missions, the 31st Fighter Wing, 42 geographically separated units, three contingency sites and multinational and joint service forces.
The 31st LRS plans and executes surface, rail, air and sea movement of passengers and cargo. The 31st LRS executes base deployment operations while maintaining a robust capability to deploy personnel/cargo in support of AEF. It is responsible for more than 1,060 vehicles valued at over $90.44 million, stock accounts valued at more than $521 million, and the receipt, storage, quality and issue of over 12 million gallons of fuel and cryogenics products annually. The unit manages more than 1,075 unit type codes, tasking 3,724 personnel and 2,401.1 short tons of cargo and maintains a war reserve materiel program valued at $1.3 million. The 31st LRS also operates the 31st FW Support Agreement office, maintaining more than 20 support agreements with $14 million in reimbursements annually. The 31st LRS consists of four flights covering Fuels Management, Materiel Management, Vehicle Management, and Deployment and Distribution.
The 31st Contracting Squadron acquires and supports war fighting capabilities through responsive business solutions and contracting support to 31st Fighter Wing and 26 geographically separated units and tenant units throughout Southern Europe. It is responsible for approximately 1,200 annual contracts valued in excess of $45 million, and day-to-day operations of more than 825 contractor personnel, 450 government purchase card holders, and contingency contracting officer support for U.S. and NATO humanitarian and contingency operations.
The 31st Security Forces Squadron maintains installation force protection during peacetime and wartime operations within eight separate base areas. It safeguards Protection Level one, two, three and four resources to include two F-16 fighter squadrons and provides law enforcement services to a community of almost 8,000. The squadron prepares more than 50 primary mobility personnel, maintains organic air base defense capabilities and provides staff assistance and security oversight to four geographically separated units. Nearly 500 active duty, reserve, guard, and civilian members are assigned to the 31st SFS. The unit consists of five staff functions: SF1, Commander's Support; SF2, Investigations and Anti-terrorism; SF3, Operations and Training; SF4, Mobility and Resources; and SF5, Plans and Administration.
Aviano Air Base