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Official emblem for the USAF Clinic Aviano

A ground to air right side view of a German Air Force Tornado aircraft from the 51st Fighter Squadron, Vincenza AB, Italy, in flight over the runway at Aviano, AB, Italy in support of Operation DECISIVE ENDEAVOR. An USAF E-3C (Sentry) Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft is taxing in the background

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Michael E. Smith, plays the bass guitar during a performance with the US Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Band, at the Operation SEASONS GREETINGS '97 concert held at Aviano Air Base, Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Paul A. Delgreco, plays the keyboards during a performance with the US Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Band, at the Operation SEASONS GREETINGS '97 concert held at Aviano Air Base, Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jeffrey S. Sandru, positions a light on a sheet music stand, for the US Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Band, before a performance during the Operation SEASONS GREETINGS '97 concert held at Aviano Air Base, Italy

US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Shriver, Commander of Tendopoli TDY Facilities at Aviano Air Base, Italy and Lieutenant General David L. Vesely, USAF Assistant Vice CHIEF of STAFF, watch as Brigadier General Timothy A. Peppe, Commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, points toward some of the Tendopoli TDY facilities

US Air Force Lieutenant General David L. Vesely, (brown jacket) USAF Assistant Vice CHIEF of STAFF, gets a briefing from Brigadier General Timothy A. Peppe, Commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, on future construction plans for Aviano 2000. USAF Lieutenant Colonel Shriver, Commander of Tendopoli TDY facilities at Aviano Air Base, Italy stands to the right of BGEN Peppe

US Air Force Lieutenant General George T. Babbitt Jr., Commander, Air Force Material Command (right) get a briefing from USAF Brigadier General Timothy A. Peppe, Commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy during his visit to Aviano

Secretary of the Air Force The Honorable F. Whitten Peters gets a tour of the Fest Tent in the Tendopoli TDY Favilities at Aviano Air Base, from USAF Lieutenant Colonel Schneider, Commander of the Tendopoli Facilities, during his visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy

Shot of USAF SENIOR AIRMAN Robert Navarro (Left), AIRMAN First Class Kristin Coates and STAFF Sergeant Ching Foster, all from the 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, inspect a F-16 engine

Right side rear, aerial view of three USAF F-16 Falcons as they fly over the Italian countryside. Within minutes these Aviano Air Base fighters can leave Italy, cross the Adriatic Sea and be in Bosnian airspace

Straight on medium close-up of USAF Lieutenant General Michael Short, 16th Air Force Commander as he comments on the expeditionary force concept at Aviano Air Base, Italy. He says; "An air expeditionary force isn't just combat forces. We've had C-13s deployed to Africa to deal with a refugee crisis or bringing in food for thousands of starving people

Several USAF F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft, assigned to the 77TH Fighter Squadron "Gamblers", Shaw AFB, SC prepare to take off for an interdiction flight at Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. Operation ALLIED FORCE is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) contingency response aimed at ensuring full compliance with United Nations (UN), Security Council Resolution 1199

Straight on medium shot of USAF Technical Sergeant David Ferguson, 31st Security Forces, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes "Arny", a Security Police K-9, through a training obstacle course. Arny is also certified in explosive detection. The unit exercises and performs with their dogs daily

USAF SENIOR AIRMAN Scott Titkemeier, 31st Security Forces (Left), keeps a tight rein on "Allan", a Security Force K-9. Technical Sergeant Leonardo Castro (Right) acts out the part of the aggressor as the K-9 unit at Aviano Air Base, Italy, exercise and perform with the dogs

Straight on rear view medium shot as USAF Techincal Sergeant Leonardo Castro acts the part of the aggressor while "Allen", a Security Police dog with the K-9 unit at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The unit exercises and perform training with the dogs daily

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class Kristi Brothers, Dental Technician, 31st Medical Support Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy performs an annual cleanning on USAF SENIOR AIRMAN Mathew Moricz 31st Maintenance Squadron, Armament Flight. The Dental Clinic at Aviano Air Base provides care to active duty service members, deployed guard/reserve troops, retirees and dependants

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Jeremy Wells and USAF AIRMAN First Class Roland Rees, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fix a loose guide pin on a nozzle fairing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft that needed to be repaired

US Air Force Technical Sergeant Bill Seighman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, USAF Corporal Joeseph Paul and USAF Major Ted McClegkey, 16th Air Force, Aviano Air Base, Italy, build a swing set for Bosnian refugee children at Camp Kozina, Slovenia. Members of H.E.A.R.T., Humanitarian Essential Aid Relief Team aid Eastern European refugees and other displaced persons, through assessment of needs and collection and distribution of resources

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class Jason Baum and USAF AIRMAN First Class Rachel Shields, both from the 31st Communications Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, secure the petals of a communications satellite. The Communications team is one of several that are getting assets in place in support of Exercise IRON CLAW, at Kuchyna Air Base, Slovakia. The exercise will allow the 510th Fighter Squadron to test a new scoring system on the bombing range. About 250 Air Force personnel from Aviano Air Base, Italy, are supporting the exercise

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Noah Park, a radio and television broadcaster, Det 8, Aviano Air Base, Italy, documents SRA Ed Neely, USAF, Armament Systems journeyman, 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, deployed from Aviano AB, performing an operational check of a SUU-22 (Suspended Underwing Unit) weapons pylon at Kuchyna AB, Slovakia. Training Exercise Iron Claw, 12 September 2000

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)

From left to right; US Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth Childre, a Munnitions Systems Craftsman, and SENIOR AIRMAN Paul Patrick, USAF, Munitions System Journeyman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, load TP PGU-27/B 20 mm target practice ammunition into a Universal Ammunition Loading system (UAL). Training Exercise IRON CLAW, Kuchyna AB, Slovakia (SVK), 14 September 2000

US Air Force Colonel Stephen Spencer, Vice Commander, 31st Fighter Wing (FW), Aviano Air Base, Italy, welcomes Under Secretary of the Air Force (USECAF), the Honorable Carol DiBattiste. COL Spencer is flanked by (L-R) Aviano Airport Commander, Italian Air Force Colonel Messandro Tudini and USAF Captain Stuart Wolthuis, 31st FW Protocal Office. The USECAF made a visit to meet with Air Force personnel and tour the Aviano 2000 project

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class James Carlson, right, of the 31st Supply Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, issues USAF SENIOR AIRMAN Richard Shimer essential chemical warfare gear while processing through the mobility line during a week long Wing Operational Readiness, Phase 1 exercise. The exercise is designed to prepare Aviano Air Base personnel for worldwide deployments. (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-06277 or search 001024-F-7253S-002)

A 31st Supply Squadron member checks warehouse inventory operating a Hyster 30. The members of the 31st SUPS at Aviano Air Base, Italy, are finalists for the 2000 USAFE Daedalian Award. (sub-standard) (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-07006 or search 001024-F-7253S-001)

A member of the 31st Supply Squadron (SUPS), Aviano Air Base, Italy, checks warehouse inventory with a Hyster 30. The 31st SUPS are finalists for the 2000 USAFE Major General R. Warren Carter Daedalian and Supply Effectiveness Award. (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-06276 or search 001024-F-7253S-001)

US Air Force Major Kimberly A. Thomas (Left foreground), a Surgical Services Provider for the 31st Medical Group, Aviano AIr Base, Italy, briefs USAF Lieutenant General Paul K. Carlton, Surgeon General of the Air Force, on the 31st Medical Group's rennovation efforts at Sacile Hospital

L to R: Ms. Margaret Zook, Directorate of Supply and Deputy CHIEF of STAFF, Colonel Arthur Rooney Jr., Director of Logistics, and Mrs. Barbara Westgate, Deputy Director of Programs at USAFE Headquarters, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, pose for a group photo with members of the world famous highly respected 555th Fighter Squadron. The three are visiting Aviano Air Base, Italy, to learn more about maintenance impact of cannibalization on jets and how it adversley effects parts ordered against it

From L to R; Colonel Francesco Paolo, Italian Defense Deputy CHIEF of STAFF, Italian COL Alessandro Tudini, Commander, Aeroporto Pagliano e' Gori, US Air Force Major General Robert J. Courter Jr., Director of DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency), USAF Brigadier General Dan Darnell, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, USAF MGEN Charles J. Wax, Commander of AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) and Lieutenant General Ronald E. Keys, Commander 16th Air Force, prepare to cut the ribbon on the new Base Exchange and Commissary on November 7th, 2000. The new facility has 45,000sq feet of floor space, roughly three times the size of the old facility

From L to R; US Air Force Major General Robert J. Courter, Jr., Director of DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency), USAF Brigadier General Dan Darnell, Commander 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, MGEN Charles J. Wax, Commander of AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) and Lieutenant General Ronald E. Keys, Commander 16th Air Force, prepare to cut the ribbon on the new Base Exchange and Commissary on November 7th, 2000. The new facility has 45,000sq feet of floor space, roughly three times the size of the old facility

US Air Force General Carlton Fulford, Deputy Commander-In-CHIEF of US Forces Europe (DCINCEUR), tours Aviano Air Base, Italy's, contingency dormitory with USAF Second Lieutenant Noelle Hatchell, 31st Services contingency dorm commander, on January 23, 2001. GEN Fulford was on a whirlwind tour to visit servicemen and women stationed in Italy

(from left to right) US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Thomas Schell, Non Commission Officer Satellite Communications, and USAF Technical Sergeant James Farmer, Branch Superintendent of the 31st Air Expeditionary Force, 31st Communication Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, adjust a TV Satellite for a Joint Broadcasting System. The Satellite will enable members of the 31st Fighter Wing, deployed to Exercise AFRICAN EAGLE to watch Super Bowl 2001. African Eagle is a bi-annual exercise held in Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco, designed to practice dissimilar air to air training with the Royal Moroccan Air Force

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Shane Baker, Crew CHIEF, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Edward M. Gabriel, look on as USAF Captain Scott Poteet, F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilot from the 555th Fighter Squadron goes over a pre-flight maintenance check list before launching. Ambassador Gabriel visited Exercise AFRICAN EAGLE at Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco, to reinforce his appreciation of the close cooperation between Moroccan Forces and the United States. African Eagle a biannual exercise designed to practice dissimilar air to air training with the Royal Moroccan Air Force

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

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

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jerimiah Ramos, USAF, Liquid Fuels Maintenance Engineer, 31 Civil Engineer Squadron, tightens a leak on a 600 GPM Filter Separator flow indicator at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 600 GPM cleans and separates the fuel before it is put into aircraft

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jerimiah Ramos, USAF, Liquid Fuels Maintenance Engineer, 31 Civil Engineer Squadron, performs maintenance on a pentagram refueling system at Aviano Air Base, Italy

MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Robert L. Yates and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Robert Hood, USAF, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy off load a AM-30 100-pound general-purpose bomb, dating from the Second World War, at Maniago Range in Italy. The unexploded ordnance was uncovered by construction worker while digging trenches for waterlines during Aviano 2000 (AV2K) construction

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA), Daniel Kane, USAF, Aviano 2000 (AV2K) Program Manager assigned to the 31ST Communications Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy checks safety maps to ensure no communications line are being endangered by the discovery of unexploded ordnance found at one of the construction sites

USAF, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel assigned to the 31ST Civil Engineering Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy watch as unexploded ordnance is destroyed at the Maniago Range in Italy. The ordnance was uncovered by construction worker while digging trenches for waterlines during Aviano 2000 (AV2K) construction

CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Pepe Giacomo, and Warrant Officer Laurano Agostino, 3RD Regiment of Engineers, Udinese Army Detachment, use sand to cover unexploded ordnance at the Maniago Range, in Italy. The unexploded ordnance was uncovered by construction worker while digging trenches for waterlines during Aviano 2000 (AV2K) construction. USAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel assigned to the 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy helped with the disposal project

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

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Chris Medley, 721st Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG) Detachment 3, shops with his wife, Nikohl, 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 without leaving the base

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

Posting of the colors during the 31st Fighter Wing Change of command at Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Air Force Brigadier General Donald J. Hoffman is assuming command of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Flying the only permanently assigned US Air Force fighter aircraft in NATO's Southern Region, the wing conducts and supports air combat operations and maintains munitions for NATO and national authorities. The general also commands the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, comprised of all USAF expeditionary forces stationed at or deployed to Aviano for Operation Deliberate Guardian missions over the former Yugoslavia. In that role, he coordinates the operations of American, British, ...

Formation of the troops for the 31st Fighter Wing change of command at Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Air Force Brigadier General Donald J. Hoffman is assuming command of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Flying the only permanently assigned US Air Force fighter aircraft in NATO's Southern Region, the wing conducts and supports air combat operations and maintains munitions for NATO and national authorities. The general also commands the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, comprised of all USAF expeditionary forces stationed at or deployed to Aviano for Operation DELIBERATE GUARDIAN missions over the former Yugoslavia. In that role, he coordinates the operations of American, British, ...

The 31st Fighter Wing flag is passed from US Air Force Lieutenant General Ronald E. Keys to US Air Force Brigadier General Donald J. Hoffman. BGEN Hoffman is assuming command of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. Flying the only permanently assigned US Air Force fighter aircraft in NATO's Southern Region, the wing conducts and supports air combat operations and maintains munitions for NATO and national authorities. The general also commands the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, comprised of all USAF expeditionary forces stationed at or deployed to Aviano for Operation DELIBERATE GUARDIAN missions over the former Yugoslavia. In that role, he coordinates the operations of American, ...

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

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

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

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

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT), Paul Hine, USAF, Fire Protection SPECIALIST, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), Fire Protection Flight, Aviano AB, Italy, instructs AIRMAN First Class (A1C), Matthew Haire, on the operation of the bumper and roof water turret, on the P-23 Airport and Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle, during a training course at Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN (AMN), James Burke and AMN, David Barrington, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, practice hose handling during a fire fighters training course at Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN (AMN), James Burke, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, walks the water out of a fire hose before loading it onto the P-24 Structural Pumper Fire Truck during a fire fighters training course at Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN (AMN), James Burke, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, prepares a fire hose for reloading after a fire fighters training course at Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN (AMN), James Burke, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, spots for SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Paul Turner as he backs a P-24 Structural Pumper Fire Truck "Engine 17" into the fire station after a training course at Aviano AB, Italy

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT), Paul Hine (top), USAF, Fire Protection SPECIALIST, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), Fire Protection Flight, Aviano AB, Italy instructs personnel on the operation of the P-23 Airport and Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle, during a recurring drivers training course

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT), Paul Hine (back to camera), USAF, Fire Protection SPECIALIST, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), Fire Protection Flight, Aviano AB, Italy, instructs Technical Sergeant (TSGT) William Kaiser and AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Matthew Haire on the operation of the P-23 Airport and Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle, during a recurring drivers training course

AIRMAN (AMN), David Barrington (foreground) and SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA), Paul Turner, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, reload fire hose onto the P-24 Structural Pumper Fire Truck after a fire fighters training course at Aviano AB, Italy

AIRMAN (AMN), James Burke and AMN, David Barrington, USAF, Fire Protection Specialists, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Protection Flight, ware full proximity suites and mask as they practice hose handling during a fire fighters training course at Aviano AB, Italy

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT), Paul Hine (left) and AIRMAN First Class (A1C), Matthew Haire, USAF, Fire Protection SPECIALIST, 31ST Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), Fire Protection Flight, Aviano AB, Italy, operate the bumper and roof water turret, on the P-23 Airport and Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle, during a training course at Aviano AB, Italy

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

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

Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company and Italian Air Force personnel assault a suspect vehicle and recover USAF personnel assigned to the 31ST Security Forces Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy while conducting Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training during simulated hostage rescue operations. 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

USAF, 31ST Security Forces Squadron rsonnel at Aviano AB, Italy along with rsonnel from the Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company and Italian Air Force Security Personnel conduct simulated hostage rescue orations during Scial Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training. STAT is a highly trained, volunteer security force unit designed to act during high-risk orations. High-risk orations include resource recovery, anti-snir actions, barricaded susct apprehension, hostage rescue, counter-terrorist orations, and scial event orations. The week long course involved joint training with the Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, Italian Air Force...

USAF personnel assigned to the 31ST Security Forces , Aviano AB, , practice an L-Shaped vehicle assault while conducting Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training during simulated hostage rescue operation. 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...

USAF personnel assigned to the 31ST ty Forces Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy and Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, conduct Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training during simulated hostage rescue operation. 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...

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA), Bradley Lewis, USAF, st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, covers terrorists pulled from a suspect vehicle while conducting Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training during simulated hostage rescue operation. 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...

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

Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company assault a suspect vehicle while conducting Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT) training during simulated hostage rescue operations. 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

First Lieutenant (1LT) Damian Schlussel, USAF, course instructor for the 31ST Security Forces Squadron, Special Tactics Assault Team (STAT), supervises the training at Aviano AB, Italy. STAFF Sergeant (SSGT), Ricky Anderson, USAF, Videographer, 31ST Communications Squadron, provides video documentation. 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

Italian Air Force Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company and Italian Air Force Security 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

USAF personnel assigned to the 31ST Security Forces Squadron, Aviano AB, practice an L-Shaped vehicle assault 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

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

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. High-risk 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

Apputanto Scelto Stefano Ghirigatto, Italian Air Force Carabinieri, receives instruction from Technical Sergeant Robert Pence, USAF, (right), 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prior to repelling 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...

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

SENIOR AIRMAN Shawn Partington, USAF, (left), 31st Security es Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, instructs Apputanto Scelto Stefano Ghirigatto, Italian Air e Carabinieri, how to repel 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 e Carabinieri from the Vicenza Company, Italian Air e personnel and 31st Security...

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 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

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