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Deployed to Aviano Air Base, Captain Sam Morgan, 355th Fighter Squadron"Fighting Falcons", A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, Eielson AFB, Arkansas, straps in with the assitance of STAFF Sergeant Douglas Crank, A-10 crew chief, prior to a Forward Air Control mission in support of Operation DELIBERATE GUARD. DELIBERATE GUARD supports the Stabilization Force (SFOR) Operation JOINT GUARD with enforcement of a U.N. mandated no-fly zone over the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Captain Sam Morgan, A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II pilot from the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Arkansas, climbs the ladder prior to a Forward Air Control mission during Operation DELIBERATE GUARD at Aviano Air Base, Italy. DELIBERATE GUARD supports the Stabilization Force (SFOR) Operation JOINT GUARD with enforcement of a U.N. mandated no-fly zone over the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Captain Dave Stephenson, A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II pilot from the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Arkansas, inspects his 9mm pistol prior to a Forward Air Control mission over Bosnia-Herzegovina. The"Fighting Falcons"are deployed to Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Operation DELIBERATE GUARD. DELIBERATE GUARD supports the Stabilization Force (SFOR) Operation JOINT GUARD with enforcement of a U.N. mandated no-fly zone over the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina

MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Virgia Yeager, the Personnel for Support Contingency Operation (PERSCO) Team CHIEF from the 31st Mission Support Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, coordinates the setup for Stabilization Force (SFOR) processing. MSGT Yeager is responsible for the tracking of all contingency support personnel during Operation JOINT FORGE

A 31st Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon from Aviano Air Base, Italy, moves into the contact position during a night refueling mission while deployed to a forward location in the European theater

1ST Lieutenant Serkan Sevim, 191st Turkish Air Unit, Turkey, gives the thumbs up before his flight. Sevim is deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support on Operation JOINT FORGE. JOINT FORGE is a smaller follow-on force that maintains the military force in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Straight on medium shot as Hellenic (Greek) Air Force, 114th Composite Group, 331st Tactical Fighter Wing, Greece, Captain Stefanos Ampouleris straps into his Mirage 2000 Fighter. The Hellenic unit is at Aviano Air Base, to train with the 510th Fighter Squadron. The Mirages provide valuable dissimilar training allowing 510th Fighter pilots the opportunity to train against other types of aircraft. (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-06168 or search 000816-F-4728F-004)

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Keith Gedick (center), Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), 31st Transportation Squadron demonstrates how to conduct an ohms of resistance check, during the 3-5 level upgrade training class, at Aviano AB, Italy. (Duplicate image, see also DFSD0315136 or search 000914F4581B003)

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Keith Gedick, USAF, Team Training NCOIC, 31st Transportation Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, shows SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Steve Noriega, USAF, how to check ignition spark for diagnosing a "crank no start" condition on a Ford Bobtail truck. Team Training is given to all Airmen in 3-5 level upgrade training. (Duplicate image, see also DFSD0302013 or search 000914F4581B002)

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Keith Gedick (left), Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), 31st Transportation Squadron shows SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Steve Noriega how to check ignition spark on a vehicle engine, during the 3-5 level upgrade training program, at Aviano AB, Italy. (Duplicate image, see also DFSD0315135 or search 000914F4581B002)

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Keith Gedick, USAF, (standing), Team Training NCOIC, 31st Transportation Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, brings out an Ohm meter to demonstrate how to conduct an ohms of resistance check to his class. Team Training is given to all Airmen in 3-5 level upgrade training. (Duplicate image, see also DFSD0302014 or search 000914F4581B003)

US Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth Childre, a Munnitions Systems Craftsman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, finishes cycling a Universal Ammunition Loading system (UAL) so that it can be uploaded. Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

Major Lee Anne Lamer, who heads up the 31st Medical Operations Squadron, for the 31st Medical Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy, shows Lieutenant General Paul K. Carlton, Surgeon General of the Air Force, the post-delivery care room at Sacile Hospital

Canadian CF-18 Hornet aircraft depart Aviano Air Base, Italy, after contributing 2,600 combat flying hours in support of NATO Operation ALLIED FORCE, and engaging in reconnaissance and surveillance in support of Operation ECHO. ALLIED FORCE objective was to degrade and damage the military and security structure of President Milosevic. Operation ECHO were patrols over either Bosnia-Herzegovina or Kosovo. The detachment will return to the 4th Wing, at Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. The Canadiens arrived at Aviano in June of 1998

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jerry Thomas (left), a Crew CHIEF with the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, signs a fuel receipt for a Spanish AIRMAN, on the flight line at Zaragoza AB, Spain

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SAR) Steven Hudson, a Crew CHIEF with the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft into position, on the flight line at Zaragoza AB, Spain

Tasked for the very first time with a full-time combat search and rescue mission, an Aviano Air Base 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 Falcon, flies towards Rimini to join with the Italian Air Forces 83rd Combat Search And Rescue Squadron (CSAR)

Tasked for the very first time with a full-time combat search and rescue mission, an Aviano Air Base 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 Falcon, flies towards Rimini to join with the Italian Air Forces 83rd Combat Search And Rescue Squadron (CSAR)

Flying day and night sorties from Aviano Air Base, the F-16 Falcon aircrews had to locate and authenticate the survivors, and coordinate their pickup with the 83rd Combat Search And Rescue Squadron (CSAR)

CHIEF MASTER Sergeant Erenio Delarmente from the 31st Medical Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, greets United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE), Command CHIEF MASTER Sergeant Vickie C. Mauldin

United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE), Command CHIEF MASTER Sergeant Vickie C. Mauldin, speaks to members of the 31st Civil Engineering Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy

Lieutenant Colonel Max Kirschbaum, from the 31st Civil Engineering Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, briefs the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, General Richard B. Myers, using a model of the Aviano 2000 project

Brigadier General Dan Darnell, the 31st Fighter Wing Commander, Aviano Air Base, Italy, welcomes the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, General Richard B. Myers

STAFF Sergeant Mark Hamilton, a non-destructive inspection craftsman technician from the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, files engine oil test sample

Wearing his LPU-9/P (Life Preserver Unit) for over water flights, Lieutenant Eric Lacouture, USAF, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy inspects the fins of a dummy AIM-9 Sidewinder on the wing tip of his F-16 Fighting Falcon. This is part of his "walk around" before boarding for a training mission

Lieutenant Eric Lacouture, USAF, pilot, 555th Fighter Squadron, and AIRMAN First Class Adam Callahan, USAF, crewchief with the 555th, perform flight control checks prior to taxing out at Aviano Air Base, Italy

In his F-16 Fighting Falcon, wearing his HGU-55/P Aircrew Helmet, Lieutenant Eric Lacouture, USAF, 555th Fighter Squadron, connects his MBU-20/P Oxygen Mask and communication gear before departing for a training mission, at Aviano Air Base, Italy

Technical Sergeant Bill Deakin, USAF, 31st Civil Engineering Squadron, electrician, wipes down his Harley-Davidson Fatboy FLSTF, preparing it for display at Aviano Air Base, Italy. He is part of the Aviano Hogs chapter, and using an Aviano family fair to promote motor cycle safety

Larrissa Joppie, daughter of MASTER Sergeant Jeff Joppie, USAF, 16th Air Force, gets a lesson on strapping into the F-16 Fighting Falcon from STAFF Sergeant Marcus Collins, USAF, 31st Maintenance crewchief during a family fair at Aviano Air Base, Italy

STAFF Sergeant Marcus Collins, USAF, 31st Maintenance Squadron crewchief, helps Anthony Joppie, son of MASTER Sergeant Jeff Jopie, USAF, 16th Air Force, strap into an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a family fair at Aviano Air Base, Italy

Amanda-Sue Arp daughter of STAFF Sergeant Jerry Arp, 31st Communications Squadron, network administrator, performs a karate routine, during the family fair at Aviano, Air Base, Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Shawn Byrne, 31st Missile Maintenance Squadron, and his wife Yonhui, talks to Adnan Hankir, from Germany, about his different types of wine glasses at the Primavera Bazaar at Aviano AB, Italy. The Primavera Bazaar is an annual event held every spring that contains over 120 vendors, giving personnel from the Aviano community an opportunity to purchase items from various countries through out Europe with out leaving the base

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Leta Davis, 31st Communication Squadron shops for paintings at the Primavera Bazaar at Aviano AB, Italy. Mr. Gordon Mountford, the Artist, lives in London, England and is pictured left. The Primavera Bazaar is an annual event held every spring that contains over 120 vendors, giving personnel from the Aviano community an opportunity to purchase items from various countries through out Europe with out leaving the base

Brigadier General (BGEN) Daniel J. Darnell, USAF, (right), receives the Legion of Merit, first oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal, first oak leaf cluster, from Lieutenant General Ronald E. Keys at Aviano Air Base, Italy. BGEN Darnell relinquishes command of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano to assume command of the 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

SENIOR AIRMAN Matt Rossi, a loadmaster from the 37th Airlift Squadron Ramstein AFB aids in the securing of an Army bulldozer into the belly of a C-130 on Thursday 7 June 2001 at Aviano AB, Italy. The pallet will be air dropped into Hungary in support of Exercise LARIAT RESPONSE, a power projection exercise. The exercise is designed to demonstrate NATO's commitment to maintaining peace in the region and the capability to rapidly reinforce coalition forces. It also exercises the U.S. military's ability to conduct combined operations, to include airborne assault and airland training

Sergeant Mcfarland Aikne of the 1ST 508th Airborne Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy aids in the securing of an Army bulldozer into the belly of a C-130 on Thursday 7 June 2001 at Aviano AB, Italy. The pallet will be air dropped into Hungary in support of Exercise LARIAT RESPONSE, a power projection exercise. The exercise is designed to demonstrate NATO's commitment to maintaining peace in the region and the capability to rapidly reinforce coalition forces. It also exercises the U.S. military's ability to conduct combined operations, to include airborne assault and airland training

Salvatore Ciaquinta, Italian construction worker, continue work on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

Vincenzo Ianni and Giuseppe D'Angeli, Italian construction workers, continue work on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

Emanuele Razza and Marcello Sultono, Italian construction workers, continue work on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

An Italian mason worker levels a block, as work continues on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

Italian construction workers continue work on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

Vincenzo Ianni and Giuseppe D'Angeli, Italian construction workers, continue work on the new dorms at Aviano AB, Italy. The Aviano 2000 Program (AV2K) is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

Brigadier General Don Hoffman (USAF), 31st Fighter Wing Commander, looks out over Aviano AB, Italy during his flight on a Bravo Company (B Co) 5-158 Aviation Regiment UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter. B Co invited GEN. Hoffman to tour their facilities and receive an operations briefing and flight

A high-angle view showing a construction project underway at the Main Gate at Aviano AB, Italy. The upgrade project will include a visitors center, a guardhouse, canopy cover, improved road works and landscaping. The project also includes force protection requirements and space for vehicle parking

An arial view of the Aviano 2000 Construction Program (AV2K). It is one of the most aggressive construction programs ever undertaken at a single military installation. Involving over 274 NATO/USAF projects estimated at a cost of $535 million, the magnitude of this program cannot be overstated. The AV2K program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the USAF and will transform the entire base structure. When completed, Aviano Air Base will become a modern 21st century operational air base capable of sustaining air combat and combat support in the Southern European Theater

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) John Carney and A1C Ana Abreu, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, visually inspects a WGU-12. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

STAFF Sergeant Mack Alf, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, puts an engine into a 6K forklift on 14 June 2001. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

SENIOR AIRMAN Craig Basil and AMN Kevin Eberlin, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, prepares BSU-49 bomb fins for storage within the weapons area on 14 June 2001. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail ...

STAFF Sergeant Mack Alf, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, puts an engine into a 6K forklift. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

AIRMAN First Class William Johnson, from the Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) section of the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, repairs a MC-2A air compressor. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

STAFF Sergeant Mack Alf and SENIOR AIRMAN Jeremy Freeman, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, puts an engine into a 6K forklift. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

AIRMAN First Class William Johnson, from the Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) section of the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, repairs a MC-2A air compressor. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

SENIOR AIRMAN Craig Basil and AMN Kevin Eberlin, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, prepares BSU-49, bomb fins, for storage within the weapons area. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

AIRMAN First Class Ana Abreu, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, stencils the field test date on a WGU-12. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) John Carney and A1C Ana Abreu, from the 31st Munitions Squadron Camp Darby, Italy, visual inspects a WGU-12. 31st Munitions Squadron is a 129-person, Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), assigned to the 31st Logistics Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy. The 31st Munitions Squadron (31 MUNS) operates on US Army installation, Camp Darby, Italy, which is located approximately 280 miles southwest of Aviano AB. 31st MUNS are responsible for USAFE's largest and most dispersed conventional munitions stockpile, providing a unique capability to globally distribute munitions using air, sea, over-the-road and rail transportation

AIRMAN 1ST Class Joshua Butcher, an Electronic Computer and Switching Systems Apprentice of the 603rd Air Communications Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, perfroms a Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) on the main data processing computer that controls all data processing functions of the Tactical Air Operations Module (TAOM). The TAOM is a mobile command and control center that is deployed in conjuction with the AN/TPS-75 Radar System. Both are assets of the 603rd and are vital in controlling the airspace in and around a forward deployed location

SENIOR AIRMAN Brandon Smith, an Electronic Computer and Switching Systems Journeyman of the 603rd Air Communications Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, swaps out a suspected faulty magnetic focus card in an Operator Control Unit that interfaces an Air Controller with all functions of the Tactical Air Operations Module. The Tactical Air Operations Module is a mobile command and control center that is deployed in conjuction with the AN/TPS-75 Radar System. Both are assets of the 603rd which are vital in controlling the airspace in and around a forward deployed location

SENIOR AIRMAN Daxton Newberry, an Electronic Computer and Switching Systems Journeyman of the 603rd Air Communications Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, swaps out a suspected faulty magnetic focus card in an Operator Control Unit that interfaces an Air Controller with all functions of the Tactical Air Operations Module. The Tactical Air Operations Module is a mobile command and control center that is deployed in conjuction with the AN/TPS-75 Radar System. Both are assets of the 603rd which are vital in controlling the airspace in and around a forward deployed location

SENIOR AIRMAN Adam Weingarten, a Avionics Intermediate Shop Technician assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, perfoms a function and alignment check on an F-16 Pilot's Flight Control Throttle Grip using specialized testing equipment

SENIOR AIRMAN Jocelyn Burrowes, right, and AIRMAN first Class Jennifer Hanaway, left, Avionics Sensors Technicians assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Flight, Aviano AB, Italy; perform laser targeting tracking adjustments on a Low Altitude Navigational Targeting Infra-Red for Night system pod (LANTIRN). The LANTIRN pod controls all laser guided munitions and navigational systems during night flying operations on many different airframes, this pod is set to operate on Aviano's F-16 Vipers

Air Force STAFF Sergeant Brice Lucas, a Avionics Intermediate Shop Technician assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Flight, Aviano AB, Italy, attaches a Pilot's Data Transfer Unit (black box) to an Improved Avionics Intermediate Test Station (IAIAS). The IAIAS emulates the same data signals that would be received by a device from within the F-16's cockpit. This computer controlled testing environment allows technicians to pinpoint the problem(s) occuring within the piece of equipment, enabling an immediate fix, getting it back into the supply system and into the aircraft

Air Force STAFF Sergeant Brice Lucas, a Avionics Intermediate Shop Technician assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, bench tests a Pilot's Data Transfer Unit (black box) with the use of a computer based testing station. The Improved Avionics Intermediate Test Station (IAIAS) emulates the same data signals that would be received by a device from within the F-16's cockpit. This computer controlled testing environment allows technicians to pinpoint the problem(s) occuring within the piece of equipment, enabling an immediate repair, getting it back into the supply system and into the aircraft

AIRMAN First Class Brandon Wedmore (foreground) and STAFF Sergeant Ken Manyen, Fuels Specialists in the Fuels Distribution element of the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, place a fuel delivery hose back into its' stand after filling a R-11 Fuel Truck with JP8+100 jet fuel

SENIOR AIRMAN Charles Roupe, a Fuels SPECIALIST on the Distribution Preventative Maintenance Team with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, sands a wheelhub of a R-11 Fuel Truck, preparing it for the installation of new tires

AIRMAN First Class Brandon Wedmore, a Fuels SPECIALIST in the Fuels Distribution element of the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, perfoms the necessary fill stand operations for filling an R-11 Fuel Truck with JP8+100 jet fuel

STAFF Sergeant Phillip Altpeter, a Fuels SPECIALIST in the Aerospace Fuels Lab with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, performs a test on JP8 Jet Fuel to determine the percentage of icing inhibitor additive that is present in the fuel

SENIOR AIRMAN Troy Newman, a Fuels SPECIALIST with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Cryogenics Element, Aviano Air Base, Italy, services a Liquid Oxygen cart (LOX). The LOX is uploaded onto the aircraft and coverted into a gaseous form to provide pure oxygen to pilots during high-altitude flight

SENIOR AIRMAN Troy Newman, a Fuels SPECIALIST with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Cryogenics Element, Aviano Air Base, Italy, services a Liquid Oxygen cart (LOX). The LOX is uploaded onto the aircraft and coverted into a gaseous form to provide pure oxygen to pilots during high-altitude flight

STAFF Sergeant Phillip Altpeter, a Fuels SPECIALIST in the Aerospace Fuels Lab with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, checks the results of a ball on cylinder analysis through a microsocpe to determine lubrication properties of the fuel

STAFF Sergeant Sheldon Smith, a Fuels SPECIALIST in the Resource Control Center of the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, checks over a fuels delivery log prior to dispatching a delivery team to an aircraft awaiting refueling

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Chris Farran and A1C Michael Sutton, a Fuels SPECIALIST on the Distribution Preventative Maintenance Team with the 31st Supply Squadron's POL (Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants) Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy, change tires on a R-11 Fuel Truck

Mister Art Pope, a reenactor playing the roll of General George Patton, "reviews the troops" prior to an Aviano Air Base, Italy July 4th celebration concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers. Standing in formation, right to left, from the 31st Communications Squadron of Aviano AB, Italy are, STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Mitchell E. Fuqua, SENIOR AIRMAN Staci Clapper, SSGT Durward A. Till, III

AIRMAN 1ST Class Bracero, 31st SFS, Aviano AB, Italy, applies camo just prior to deploying to the field on day 4 of his Ground Combat Skills training, a week long training regiment consisting of 3 days of classroom work and 2 days in the field. Trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills.USAF PHOTO by TSgt Dave Ahlschwede

(LtoR) Airmen (AMN) Sheri Alementi, Kasmin Gonzalez and Renelou Sausa, 31st SFS, Aviano AB, Italy, demonstrate teamwork as they apply camo paint just prior to deploying to the field on day 4 of their Ground Combat Skills training, a week long training regiment consisting of 3 days of classroom work and 2 days in the field. Trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills.USAF PHOTO by TSgt Dave Ahlschwede

The Honorable William Graves, Governor of Kansas, is greeted by Contingency Dormitory leadership during his visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy. Graves was here to visit the 184th Medical Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Kansas, deployed to Aviano for annual training. Guardsmen work side by side with the 31st Medical Group supporting the men and woman of the Aviano AB community

The Honorable William Graves, Governor of Kansas, is greeted by MASTER Sergeant Rick Gaddy, Superintendent of the 31st Services Squadron Contingency Dormitory, during his visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy. Graves was here to visit the 184th Medical Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Kansas, deployed to Aviano for annual training. Guardsmen work side by side with the 31st Medical Group supporting the men and woman of the Aviano AB community

Technical Sergeant Jill Wood, a member of the 184th Medical Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Kansas, meets The Honorable William Graves, Governor of Kansas, at the Dolimiti Dining Facility during his visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy. Graves was here to visit the 184th Medical Squadron deployed to Aviano for annual training. Guardsmen work side by side with the 31st Medical Group supporting the men and woman of the Aviano AB community

On her first European visit, the First Lady of the United States visited Aviano Air Base, Italy Friday to promote the Troops to Teachers program. Mrs. Laura Bush spoke to more than 500 people in Hangar One about the rewards of teaching America's children and the need for qualified teachers nationwide. Currently 4,000 former military members have become teachers through the Troops to Teachers Program. USAF PHOTO by TSgt Dave Ahlschwede

Mrs. Bush and to her immediate right, Dr. John Gantz, Director of Troops to Teachers program, and retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Gaskin, a teacher from Raleigh, NC, discuss the Troops to Teachers program with interested Aviano Air Base members. On her first European visit, the First Lady of the United States visited Aviano Air Base, Italy Friday to promote the Troops to Teachers program. Mrs. Laura Bush spoke to more than 500 people in Hangar One about the rewards of teaching America's children and the need for qualified teachers nationwide. Currently 4,000 former military members have become teachers through the Troops to Teachers Program

First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, with an F-15 Eagle as a background, is interviewed by Technical Sergeant Bobby Herron, Air Force Broadcasting Service, Aviano Air Base, Italy. On her first European visit, the First Lady of the United States visited the base to promote the Troops to Teachers program. Mrs. Laura Bush spoke to more than 500 people in Hangar One about the rewards of teaching America's children and the need for qualified teachers nationwide. Currently 4,000 former military members have become teachers through the Troops to Teachers Program

Mrs. Bush and to her immediate right, Dr. John Gantz, Director of Troops to Teachers program, and retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Gaskin, a teacher from Raleigh, NC, discuss the Troops to Teachers program with interested Aviano Air Base members. On her first European visit, the First Lady of the United States visited Aviano Air Base, Italy Friday to promote the Troops to Teachers program. Mrs. Laura Bush spoke to more than 500 people in Hangar One about the rewards of teaching America's children and the need for qualified teachers nationwide. Currently 4,000 former military members have become teachers through the Troops to Teachers Program

Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company and Italian Air Force personnel assault a suspect vehicle during Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training. STAT is a highly trained, volunteer security force unit designed to act during high-risk operations. High-risk operations include resource recovery, anti-sniper actions, barricaded suspect apprehension, hostage rescue, counter-terrorist operations, and special event operations. The week long course involved joint training with the Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, Italian Air Force personnel and USAF personnel assigned to the 31ST Security Forces Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN First Class Jamie Lee, USAF, (left) 31st Security Forces, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and SENIOR AIRMAN Shawn Partington, USAF, 31 SFS, in midair as they repel down the Area E water tower during Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training. STAT is a highly trained, volunteer security force unit designed to act during high-risk operations. Operations include resource recovery, anti-sniper actions, barricaded suspect apprehension, hostage rescue, counter-terrorist operations, and special event operations. This weeklong course involved joint training with the Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, Italian Air Force personnel and 31st Security Forces members

On his visit to Aviano Air Base Italy, United States Air Force CHIEF of STAFF, General Michael E. Ryan, (left), exchanges coins with retired CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Jim Flaschenriem. CMSGT (ret) Flaschenriem was one of the very first Air Force enlisted members to be promoted to the rank of CHIEF MASTER Sergeant. He held the record for nearly 40 years being the youngest promoted to CMSGT after just over 11 years time in service at the age of 31. He was invited to Aviano to be guest speaker for the base's annual SENIOR NCO Induction Ceremony, as well as to speak to new Air Force members at the First Term AIRMAN's Center

Technical Sergeant Robert Pence, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, repels down a 4-story building during Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training. STAT is a highly trained, volunteer security force unit designed to act during high-risk operations. Operations include resource recovery, anti-sniper actions, barricaded suspect apprehension, hostage rescue, counter-terrorist operations, and special event operations. This weeklong course involved joint training with the Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, Italian Air Force personnel and 31st Security Forces members

MASTER Sergeant Jerry Lewis, USAF, 152nd Medical Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nevada, examines and cleans Yesim Poulin's teeth for an annual check-up. Members of the 152nd Medical Squadron deployed to Aviano for their two-week annual training

In MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), and his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at the ready, AIRMAN First Class Justin Mullins, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, approaches a mock town during a practice mission for the upcoming Defender Challenge Competition. Acting as the "Bad Guys" they also deploy to the field during the Ground Combat Skills, (GCS) training, a week long training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, advances with his fire team to clear a near-by abandoned building. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

AIRMAN First Class Patrick Krivosh, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, drops as he hears distant machine gun fire, as part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training. The mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes aim with his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at a sniper in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Rickey Pearson, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, uses his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle to cover the exit to a building after clearing it. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

SENIOR AIRMAN Ricardo Flores, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), covers his advancing fire team with an Saco 7.62 mm M60 general purpose machine gun, as part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training. The mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), and his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at the ready, SENIOR AIRMAN Joseph Mattox, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes cover by an abandoned building while members of his fire team advance to clear the building. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes aim with his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at a sniper in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, SENIOR AIRMAN Craig Smelter, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, signals to his fire team members to take cover and stay down as he clears a building in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

SENIOR AIRMAN Joshua Hodgin, Mission Readiness Spares Package Technician, with the 31st Supply Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, competes in the Supply Forklift Slalom, driving a Hyster Light Duty Forklift truck during Supply Rodeo 2001 held at Ramstein Air Base, Germany

STAFF Sergeant Antonio Washington, USAF, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, weighs a five-ton truck from the 603rd Air Control Squadron on a mobile heavy equipment scale to determine the weight and center of balance prior to being transported to Denmark in support of TACTICAL FIGHTER WEAPONRY-01 (TFW). The 603rd ACS processed cargo in preparation for their annual deployment TACTICAL FIGHTER WEAPONRY-01 in Denmark to hone their skills providing air and ground forces command and control from remote locations during contingency operations. TACTICAL FIGHTER WEAPONRY-01 is an annual Danish invitational live-fly aimed at training and exercising NATO forces. The...

STAFF Sergeant Antonio Washington, USAF, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, directs an M939A2 5-ton truck from the 603rd Air Control Squadron (ACS) onto a mobile heavy equipment scale to determine the weight and center of balance of the truck prior to being transported to Denmark. The 603rd ACS processed cargo in preparation for their annual deployment TACTICAL FIGHTER WEAPONRY-01 in Denmark to hone their skills providing air and ground forces command and control from remote locations during contingency operations. TACTICAL FIGHTER WEAPONRY-01 is an annual Danish invitational live-fly exercise aimed at training and exercising NATO forces. The exercise emphasizes...

At Aviano Air Base, Italy personnel practice decontamination procedures of protective gear during a Local Salty Nation (LSN) Exercise. Wing personnel are engaged in a LSN exercise to prepare for an upcoming NATO Tactical Evaluation Inspection

At Aviano Air Base, Italy personnel practice decontamination procedures of protective gear during a Local Salty Nation (LSN) Exercise. Wing personnel are engaged in a LSN exercise to prepare for an upcoming NATO Tactical Evaluation Inspection

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