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A U.S. Air Force master sergeant from Aviano Air Base, Italy, confers with an Italian worker clearing rubble in clean-up operations after a severe earthquake

A villager offers an airman from Aviano Air Base, Italy, a vase of flowers to thank him for his help in saving some of her valuables following a severe earthquake

A United States Air Force colonel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, talks with medical personnel assisting in cleanup operations following a severe earthquake

Colonel Jimmy G. Martin, Aviano Air Base Commander, inspects one of five new M-60 main battle tanks that have been assigned to the Italian 132nd Manin Tank Brigade

Colonel Jimmy G. Martin, Aviano Air Base Commander, goes for a ride in one of five new M-60 main battle tanks that have been assigned to the Italian 132nd Manin Tank Brigade. The tank is headed for the firing range at Maniago

A member of the 440th Tactical Airlift Wing checks a propeller of an Air Force Reserve C-130A Hercules aircraft prior to an early morning departure to Aviano Air Base, Italy during Exercise Volant Partner 87-1 deployment activities. Reservists from the wing are flying airlift missions to 30 air bases in nine NATO nations

A 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft makes a grass strip landing at Drop Zone Juliet near Aviano Air Base during an evening training mission

A 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft descends for a grass strip landing at Drop Zone Juliet near Aviano Air Base during an evening training mission

Third Battalion, 325th Infantry paratroopers practicing high altitude, low opening (HALO) jumping descend from 10,000 feet over Aviano Air Base

Captain D.E. Stewart of the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron and two airmen, one in an M998 High mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, discuss their survey of Drop Zone Juliet, near Aviano Air Base

Third Battalion, 325th Infantry paratroopers prepare for a high altitude, low opening (HALO) jump from a 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft during a training mission. They are at 10,000 feet over Aviano Air Base. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An M998 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle carrying a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire guided (TOW) missile launcher is offloaded from a 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft that has made a grass strip landing at Drop Zone Juliet near Aviano Air Base during an evening training mission

On a training mission, the crew of the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft prepares for a grass strip landing at Drop Zone Juliet near Aviano Air Base

A 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130E Hercules aircraft makes a grass strip landing at Drop Zone Juliet near Aviano Air Base during an evening training mission

1LT Gallespie, officer in charge of the PHOTO Processing and Interpretation Facility deployed to Aviano, and SSGT Sharon Welker monitor the Tactical Electronic Reconnaissance (TEREC) remote terminal during Display Determination '89, a combined NATO exercise focusing on the defense of southern Europe

Members of a 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron flight crew prepare new flight plans after diverting their flight to Aviano because of heavy snow and low visibility at their original destination of Bucharest, Romania. Their aircraft is loaded with medical supplies provided by the U.S. Army's 7th Medical Command as part of a relief effort for the citizens of revolt-torn Romania. The crew is in civilian clothes on this mission for diplomatic reasons

The pilot of a 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (401st TFW) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft signals "thumbs up" as he prepares to taxi onto the runway. The 401st TFW has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for a Salty Nation exercise

Two airmen from a rapid runway repair team assemble part of a repair kit during a Salty Nation exercise. The 401st Tactical Fighter Wing has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

Drivers muster in the motor pool after arriving from Torrejon Air Base, Spain with the equipment of the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (401st TFW). The 401st TFW has deployed to Aviano for a Salty Nation exercise

An airman from the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (401st TFW) watches two Italian workers perform maintenance on a stretch of railroad tracks. The 401st TFW has deployed to Italy from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for a Salty Nation exercise that will be held at Aviano Air Base

Members of a rapid runway repair team assemble sections of aluminum matting during a Salty Nation exercise. The 401st Tactical Fighter Wing has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

Dressed in proximity suits two firefighters battle a practice fire during a Salty Nation exercise. The 401st Tactical Fighter Wing has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

Wearing protective clothing and an M-17A1 field protective mask, a doctor treats a simulated casualty as a nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) drill is conducted during a Salty Nation exercise. The 401st Tactical Fighter Wing has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

Three Italian army Leopard 1 main battle tanks sit in a staging area at the Aviano rail yard as U.S. Air Force personnel from the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing arrive from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for a Salty Nation exercise that will be held at Aviano Air Base

MAJ Carl D. Rebarchak, left, an exercise evaluator, talks with officers from the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (401st TFW) during a Salty National exercise. The 401st TFW has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

A 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (401st TFW) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft carrying an AN/ALQ-131 electronic counter measures (ECM) pod beneath its fuselage retracts its landing gear upon takeoff during a Salty Nation exercise. The 401st TFW has deployed to Aviano from Torrejon Air Base, Spain, for the exercise

AIRMAN 1ST Class Dawn L. Anders, an explosive detection dog handler of the 40th Security Police Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and her Belgian shepherd, Astor, exercise in the kennel after being deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm.

An M-939 series 5-ton cargo truck, part of a 32-vehicle convoy for a communications unit, passes through a gate at the air base after a four-day trip from Sembach Air Base, Germany. The unit is deploying to Aviano in support of Operation Deny Flight, the enforcement of the United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina

A newly painted F-16 Fighting Falcon stands on display in a hangar prior to being reassigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. With the deactivation of the 526th Fighter Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the 86th Maintenance Squadron repainted the tails of the F-16 aircraft being transferred to Aviano Air Base, Italy

A newly painted F-16 Fighting Falcon stands on display in a hangar awaiting reassignment to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. With the deactivation of the 526th Fighter Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the 86th Maintenance Squadron repainted the tails of the F-16 aircraft being transferred to Aviano Air Base, Italy

An A-10 Thunderbolt, from the 110th Fighter Group, Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan, takes off from the air base. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SSGT Michael Bolton assists LCOL Ruger Seidell in exiting his A-10 Thunderbolt while SSGT Michael B. Hoffman performs post flight checks on the aircraft. LCOL Seidell is deployed from the 172nd Fighter Squadron, SSGT Bolton and Hoffman are from the 110th Fighter Group. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt from the 110th Fighter Group, Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Mich., undergoes a preflight check. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SSGT Michael Bolton, 110th Fighter Group, Battle Creek, Michigan, adjusts the gauges of a liquid oxygen tank. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SSGT Michael Bolton, 110th Fighter Group, Battle Creek, Michigan, pumps liquid oxygen into an A-10 Thunderbolt. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

TSGT Delon Robinson, Weapons Crew CHIEF, SSGT Peterson and SRA James Foster load an AGM 65 Maverick missile onto an A-10 Thunderbolt. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SSGT Jim Welter, a Weapons Loader from Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and SRA James Foster, of the 110th Fighter Group, Battle Creek, Michigan, load an AGM 65 Maverick missile onto an A-10 Thunderbolt. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SRA James Foster, 110th Fighter Group, tests for stray voltage in the chaff and flares system of an A-10 Thunderbolt. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

LT. COL. Roger Seidell, an A-10 Thunderbolt pilot, gives MASTER SGT. Bates the thumbs up to taxi onto the runway. LT. COL. Seidell and MASTER SGT. Bates are from the 110th Fighter Group, Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Mich. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

TSGT Kathy D. Lavender confirms the completed maintenance of an A-10 Thunderbolt. TSGT Lavender is from the 110th Fighter Group, Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan. The 110th Fighter Group is deployed to Aviano to relieve the 81st Fighter Squadron of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in time for the Christmas holidays. The 81st and the 110th are deployed to Aviano to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

SRA Robert Hauer from the 401st Transportation Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy paints a Small Unit Support Vehicle. The vehicles will be used this winter for troop transport as part of the U.N.'s task force in Macedonia, Croatia

Members from the 401st Transportation Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy paint Small Unit Support Vehicles. Vehicles will be used this winter for troop transport as part of the U.N.'s task force in Macedonia, Croatia

A ski equipped US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter flies over the Italian Alps. The Army's 502nd Echo Company, Aviation Regiment routinely does mountain training in the Italian Alps, near their home station of Aviano Air Base, Italy. The Chinook was outfitted with skis to perform mountain landings in the snow, enhancing the regiment's effectiveness in the mountains

A ski equipped US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter flies over the Italian Alps. The Army's 502nd Echo Company, Aviation Regiment routinely does mountain training in the Italian Alps near their home station of Aviano Air Base, Italy. The Chinook was outfitted with skis to perform mountain landings in the snow, enhancing the regiment's effectiveness in the mountains

Air to air of two F-16 fighers from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy fly in formation with two German Air Force F-4 Phantoms during a Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) exercise during a joint training exercise in Decimommanu, Sardina. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Two U.S. Air Force EF-111 Ravens deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on a mission. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radar. The Raven is deployed in Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and is in support of the operation to enforce the no fly zone over Bosnia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air of two F-16 fighers from the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy fly in formation with a German Air Force MIG 29 off the coast of Sardina during a joint training exercise in Decimommanu, Sardina. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A U.S. Air Force EF-111 Raven deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on a mission for the combat operation. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radar. The Raven is deployed in Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and is in support of the operation to enforce the no fly zone over Bosnia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Lynn Hopper, of the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, NM, checks the cockpit controls of an EF-111 Raven while working the swing shift in support of the combat operation at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Operation Deny Flight is the NATO enforcement of the no fly zone over Bosnia.(Exact date unknown)

A U.S. Air Force EF-111 Raven deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, is refueled in preparation for a mission. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radar. The Raven is deployed in Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and is in support of the operation to enforce the no fly zone over Bosnia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A US Air Force EF-111 Raven deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, NM, flies over the Alps of Northern Italy while on a mission. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy's radar in support of the NATO enforcement of the no fly zone over Bosnia.(Exact date unknown)

US Air Force SGT. Walker Hogwood, of the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, NM, completes maintenance checks in the cockpit of an EF-111 Raven while working the swing shift in Aviano Air Base, Italy. Operation Deny Flight is the NATO enforcement of the no fly zone over Bosnia

A U.S. Air Force EF-111 Raven deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, flies over the Alps of Northern Italy while on a mission. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nulify different enemy radar. The Raven is deployed in Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and is in support of the operation to enforce the no fly zone over Bosnia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air of a 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, F-16 flies in formation with a German Air Force MIG 29 off the coast of Sardina during a joint training exercise in Decimommanu, Sardina. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A U.S. Air Force EF-111 Raven is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker. The EF-111 Raven is designed to provide electronic countermeasures support for tactical air forces and will detect, sort, identify and nullify different enemy radar. The Raven is deployed in Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and is in support of the operation to enforce the no fly zone over Bosnia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Julie C. Eck, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy works on a rocket pod along with an unidentified munitions handler. From AIRMAN Magazine October 1995 article "Calm before the Storm"

US Air Force F-16C Falcon aircraft from the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy sits parked in front of a hangar on the flight line. Two other F-16 Falcon aircraft can be seen taking off in the background. From AIRMAN Magazine October 1995 article "Calm before the Storm"

STAFF SGT. Dennard prepares to tack a panel on an EF-111A Raven aircraft on the flightline as the ground crew prepares the aircraft for a NATO airstrike against the Bosnian Serbs. STAFF SGT. Dennard, an aircraft maintenance technician from the 652nd Combat Logistics Support System, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif., is deployed to Aviano to support the 429th Electronics Combat Squadron

SENIOR AIRMAN Colon takes a fluid sample from an EF-111A Raven aircraft on the flightline. The ground crew is preparing the aircraft for a NATO airstrike against the Bosnian Serbs in support of the operation. SENIOR AIRMAN Colon is deployed to Aviano from the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, NM

MASTER SGT. Reeves, production supervisor for the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron maintainers, repairs an anti-collision light on an EF-111A Raven aircraft on the flightline. The ground crew is preparing the aircraft for a NATO airstrike against the Bosnian Serbs in support of the operation. MASTER SGT. Reeves is deployed to Aviano from the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, NM

SENIOR AIRMAN Odam keep a log of the chaff flares used on the EF-111A Raven aircraft. The ground crew is preparing the aircraft for a NATO airstrike against the Bosnian Serbs in support of the operation. SENIOR AIRMAN Odam to Aviano from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom, to support the 429th Electronics Combat Squadron

MSGT Willie Mann (right) and SMSGT Robert Morgan, both from the 616th Regional Planning Flight at Aviano AB, Italy, take a fuel sample from one of the large, underground fuel tanks. Fokto, considered a bare base, has been closed for years and the facilities are in poor condition. U.S. military surveyed the condition of four airfields in Hungary for possible use by U.S. Forces should they be sent as a peacekeeping force in Bosnia

Members of the Aviano AB, Italy, Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224th (All Weather) (VMFA(AW)224), perform a Foreign Object Damage (FOD) walk before F/A-18's launch during Operation Decisive Edge in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

Sergeant Rene R. Benedit, Line CHIEF, U.S. Marine Corps (left rear), Lance Corporal Ricardo Almaguer, U.S. Marine Corps team member (middle), and Lance Corporal Keith Holmes (right front), Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224th, MCB Beaufort, South Carolina, carries an AIM-9 Sidewinder to its station at Aviano AB, Italy, during Operation Joint Endeavor

An F/A-18 from the Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224th, MCB Beaufort, South Carolina, sits on the parking ramp at Aviano AB, Italy, and waits to participate in Operation Joint Endeavor

The Automatic Loader Assembly (Big Foot) provides expeditious assistance when loading the 30mm Gatling cannon. Big Foot is being utilized by the 175th Fighter Wing at Aviano AB, Italy in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

President William Jefferson Clinton stands before an audience of military and family members at Aviano AB, Italy to praise them on job well done in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

In support of Operation Joint Endeavor, President William Jefferson Clinton addresses military personnel and their families at Aviano AB, Italy. President Clinton is quoted as saying, "The mission that troops and Allied Forces are performing is the difference in a war that resumes, and a peace that takes hold."

President William Jefferson Clinton greets troops and their family members at Aviano AB, Italy. The President was at Aviano AB to praise the troops on job well done in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

An F/A-18 from the Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224th (VMF-A224), Marine Corps Base Beaufort, SC, lands at Aviano AB, Italy after returning from a mission during Operation Decisive Force in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

SENIOR AIRMAN Brice King, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, marshals out a Chinook CH-47. AIRMAN King is responsible for recovering and maintaining all NATO and Transient Aircraft in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

STAFF Sergeant Eric Taylor, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, marshals in a C-141 Starlifter for refueling during Operation Decisive Edge, in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

U.S. Air Force CHIEF of STAFF, General Ronald Fogelman, speaks to troops during a guard mount at Aviano AB, Italy

The tail section of an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base, Italy

SENIOR AIRMAN Thomas Kretschmann, from St. Louis, Missouri, tightens a laser guided bomb on the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. SENIOR AIRMAN Kretschmann is a member of the 510th Fighter Squadron's Weapon Load Team 21. The team performed a monthly required proficiency (MPRO) load as evaluators watched their progress. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

Weapon Load Team 21, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, are critiqued by evaluators after completing their monthly required proficiency (MPRO) load 9 Sidewinder missiles and laser guided bombs to the wings of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of their evaluation training. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

SENIOR AIRMAN Thomas Kretschmann from St Louis, Missouri and STAFF Sergeant David Sarval from Manchester, New Hampshire load a laser guided bomb on the wing of a F-16 fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. SENIOR AIRMAN Kretschmann and STAFF Sergeant Sarval are members of the 510th Fighter Squadron's Weapon Load Team 21. The team performed a monthly proficiency load (MPRO) as evaluators watched progress. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

Technical Sergeant Jeffrey Chisholm, 1ST Combat Camera Squadron, , Charleston AFB, South Carolina, records on video camera the Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack (All Weather) (VMFA(AW)) Squadron 224, Beaufort, S.C., at Aviano Air Base Italy during Operation Decisive Edge on 8 Jan 96

SENIOR AIRMAN Philip Nichols, 1ST Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina, records on video camera the take-offs and landings of fighter aircraft at Aviano Air Base Italy during Operation Decisive Edge on 8 Jan 96

SENIOR AIRMAN Bruce Rogers (left), load crew member; SENIOR AIRMAN Lewis (middle), load crew member; and STAFF SGT. Keith Miller (right), load crew chief, all assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, carry an AIM-9 missile to a waiting F-15E Eagle deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy on 21 Feb. 96 in support of Operation Decisive Edge and Operation Joint Endeavor

A 494th fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing emblem on the fuselage of the F-15E Eagle deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy during Operation Decisive Edge

Members of 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath, England, upload ammunition into the gun system of an F-15E Eagledeployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy on 23 Feb. 96 in support of Operation Decisive Edge

SENIOR airman Bruce Rogers (left), load crew member and STAFF SGT. Keith Miller (right), load crew chief, both from the 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, upload ammunition into the gun system of an F-15E Eagle deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy on 23 Feb. 96 in support of Operation Decisive Edge

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft awaits clearance for takeoff from Aviano Air Base, Italy

A bomb transporter is loaded with AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles and AIM 120 AMRAAM (advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles). They will be loaded into an F-15E Eagle at Aviano Air Base on 21 February 1996 during Operation Decisive Edge in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

Two F-15E Eagles are ready for take-off from the runway at Aviano Air Base, Italy. They are returning to the 48th Wing, 494th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, after completing their mission with the 4190th Wing (P) during Operation Decisive Edge in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

Before leaving for a mission on 22 February 1996, Captain Steve White, pilot from the 48th Wing, 494th Fighter Squadron, Lakenheath, England, checks the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile during a pre-flight check on his F-15E Eagle deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, as part of the 4190th Wing (P). Operation Decisive Edge supports Operation Joint Endeavor

STAFF Sergeant W. J. Battles, a reservist with the 457th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field, Texas, on a 60 day deployment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, marshals in an F-16 Fighting Falcon that returned from an operational mission. The 457th deployed with twelve F-16 fighter to support Operation Decisive Edge

STAFF Sergeant Rick Teshendurf prepares to download weapons from an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. STAFF SGT. Teshendurf, a reservist with the 457th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field, Texas, is on a 60 day deployment to Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 457th deployed with twelve F-16 fighters to support Operation Decisive Edge

A member of the 457th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field, Texas "end of runway" team marshals out an F-16 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 457th deployed with twelve F-16 fighters to support Operation Decisive Edge

STAFF Sergeant Rick Teshendurf prepares to download weapons from an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. STAFF SGT. Teshendurf, a reservist with the 457th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Carswell Field, Texas, on a 60 day deployment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, marshals in a F-16 Fighting Falcon that returned from an operational mission. The 457th deployed with twelve F-16 fighter to support Operation Decisive Edge

MASTER Sergeant Michele Helms (right), 16th Air Force, Logistics, Aviano Air Base, Italy discusses the airfield survey checklist with MASTER SGT. Ed. LaRosa, 616th Regional Planning Flight Services at Timisoara Air Base. They are members of the airfield survey team who, at the request of Romanian officials, will determine if the Romanian bases meet US and NATO standards for use in operations and exercises

Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall chats with Vice-Commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, Colonel James Turner. Doctor Widnall visited Aviano Air Base, Italy to attend briefings at the 31st Fighter Wing Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center at Dal Molin Air Base

Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall speaks to the men and women of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Doctor Widnall expresses her gratitude for their dedicated support. She reiterated the importance of Operation Decisive Edge

First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks to the men and women of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Standing behind her is her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, along with the First Lady of Italy, Mrs. Donatella Zingone Dini, and her daughter. Mrs. Clinton is on a 10-day tour that includes stops in Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Greece and Turkey

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with the Commander of the 16th Air Force. Mrs. Clinton is on a 10-day tour that includes stops in Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Greece and Turkey. She expressed gratitude to the troops and their families at Aviano Air Base, Italy for their support in Operation Joint Endeavor

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Buck, A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot for the 442nd Fighter Wing from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, signals thumbs up ready for departure. The reserve unit is deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation Decisive Edge on 1-28 April 1996

STAFF Sergeant John Kuiper, 442nd Fighter Wing from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, inspects an A-10 aircraft for pre-flight preparations. The reserve unit is deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation Decisive Edge on 1-28 April 1996

A-10 aircraft pilot, Captain Eric Vander Linden, from the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, straps and buckles up for flight. The reserve unit is deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation Decisive Edge on 1-28 April 1996

A side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, piloted by the 442nd Fighter Wing from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as it sits on the runway loaded with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The reserve unit is deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation Decisive Edge on 1-28 April 1996

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