31st Fighter Wing Aviano Air Base Press releases and Articles

31 FW, 48 FW conduct live fire air-to-air training employment

For the first time in 14 years, the 31st Fighter Wing had the opportunity to conduct F-16C Fighting Falcon air-to-air live fire training employment within the United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE) area of responsibility, July 9-16, 2021.
Five F-16s and 36 U.S. Airmen assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron (FS) and 555th FS conducted live fire air-to-air missile launches with F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th and 492nd Fighter Squadrons assigned to Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, England. The training was in coordination with the Aberporth Range Complex in northwestern Wales...............
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56th Rescue Squadron leads Personnel Recovery Training with Polish allies

Eighty-eight Airmen assigned to Aviano Air Base conducted a combat integration event, Operation Burza (Storm), in Darlowo, Poland, July 15-31.
Operation Burza focused on personnel recovery in contested maritime and land environments, weapons employment, and integration with Polish special forces.
Thirty-three Airmaen assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron (RQS) Operations, 45 Airmen assigned to the 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit (HMU), and 10 Airmen assigned to the, 304th Rescue Squadron (RQS) Guardian Angels, integrated and trained with approximately 40 Polish special forces personnel.........................
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555 FS, Bulgarian allies conclude Thracian Star 21

Release Number: 020721

Published July 23, 2021

More than 150 personnel and eight F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, participated in Thracian Star 21, a Bulgarian air force-led exercise, at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, July 9-23, 2021.
Thracian Star 21 is an operational and tactical level field training exercise aimed at maximizing interoperability, combat effectiveness and survival awareness while operating in a dynamic high-threat environment..........Read more

555th FS kicks off Thracian Star 21, partners with Bulgarian allies

Release Number: 010721

Published July 12, 2021

U.S. Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, are participating in exercise Thracian Star 21 at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, from July 9-23, 2021.
The 555th Fighter Squadron is participating in the multilateral exercise alongside Bulgarian air force partners and Airmen from the 435th Combat Training Squadron, and the 4th Combat Training Squadron, Detachment 1.........Read more

555th FS concludes participation in Falcon Strike 21

Release Number: 010621

Published June 10, 2021

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Derrick Powers, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, puts safety pins on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Falcon Strike 21 (FS21) at Amendola Air Base, Italy, June 8, 2021. Exercises like FS21 provide a venue to train with other nations, build readiness, practice interoperability, and enhance enduring relationships. The exercise is a multilateral military training exercise conducting air operations in a contested multinational force environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder).........Read more

510th FS concludes participation in African Lion

Release Number: 010621 

Published June 18, 2021

U.S. Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participated in exercise African Lion 21 at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco, from June 7-18, 2021.
African Lion is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal. More than 7,000 participants from nine nations and NATO trained together and focused on enhancing readiness for U.S. and partner nation forces................
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