Aviano Air Base (IATA: AVB, ICAO: LIPA) is a USAF airbase
in Aviano (Friulian: Avian), a town in the province of Pordenone, at the foot of the Dolomites mountain
range of the Carnic Alps in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Northeastern Italy.
It overlooks to the southwest the largest and richest agricultural and industrial plain in Italy. The air base
is about a half hour from
skiing at Piancavallo,
an International ski resort, and an hour from the Mediterranean beaches of the Adriatic (Grado, Jesolo, Lignano,
Bibione and Carole). The closest large city to Aviano is
which is about 15 minutes away. Aviano Air Base is about an
of Venice by car or train and an hour
west by car of Slovenia,
Yugoslavia's first break
away republic. Austria is about an hour and a half
away to the north by car,
Croatia & Bosnia
are several hours away by car.
Aviano Air Base is hosted by the United States Air Force
31st Fighter Wing (31 FW), a part of the United States Air Forces in Europe, a major command of the Air Force
and also the air component of the United States European Command,
one of the Unified Combatant Command of the Department of Defense.
The 31 FW (Fighter Wing) includes a maintenance group, a mission support group, a medical group and an
operations group (OG). Aviano Air Base's 31st FW OG is home to two F-16 fighter squadrons,
the 510th FS (Buzzards "Purple Fin Flash") and the 555th FS (Triple Nickel "Green Fin Flash").
Both squadrons relocated
from Ramstein AB in 1994. The wing was redesignated from the 401st Fighter Wing
to the 31st Fighter
Wing in 1994 as Aviano took on permanently based aircraft for the first time in over 50 years.
Both are equipped with Block 40 F-16CM Fighting Falcons, tail coded "AV". Aviano's current mission is
to conduct regional and expeditionary operations under NATO, SACEUR or national tasking.
The History of Aviano Air Base
goes back many years.
The layout of Aviano is unique because the community consists of seven areas, which include the administrative, community
and support areas, the flight line area, a munitions storage area, a civil engineering
complex, a recreational area and a decommissioned fuel railhead. Aviano Air Base is divided into nine areas stretched
between the towns of Aviano and Pordenone, nine miles south of the base.
After the completion of the Aviano 2000 project, many elements of the scattered areas have been consolidated into the flightline
area. The major areas are:
- Area 1
contains a few of Aviano's support functions (such as the library, ATM Shoppette, Bowling Center, Chapel,
Child Development Center, DoDDS School, Education Center, Hospital and Dental Clinic, Pool and chapel).
- Area 2
contains a fitness center, dining facility, dormitories, thrift shop and a fire department.
- Area C contains most of the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron's facilities.
- Area D contains a soccer/football field and picnic area.
- Area E contains Contracting Squadron,
AFN (American Forces Radio Network),
Carabinieri (Italian Police),
CPO and OSI.
The Italian Carabinieri also have their base headquarters in this area.
- Area F
is the flightline area, and by far the largest area in Aviano. This sprawling complex contains the active runway,
taxiways and most of the base's facilities. This includes:
Airman & Family Readiness Center,
ATM (near bank/BX area),
Arts and Crafts Skills Center,
Auto Skills Center,
Child Development Center,
Eurocar (Rental Car),
Global Credit Union,
Italian Bank (Banco Popolare),
LaBella Vista Collocated Club,
MPF (Military Personnel Flight),
Pass and Registration,
SATO Flight Reservations,
WICO (Women Infants & Children Overseas) and
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