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Department of the Air Force
Via Pordenone, 52
Aviano Italy 33080
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The mission of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, is to deter, evolve and integrate through safe, secure, effective operations. We are ready and adaptive warriors, committed to Allies and Partners, who are devoted to our community and one another. Check out Aviano's base home page: Aviano Air Base home Page.
Do not travel to Italy without the proper documents! It is absolutely essential that each Active Duty Military family member as well as DOD Civilians and their command-sponsored family members obtain a no-fee passport and Italian "Missione" visa prior to arriving at Aviano AB. Dependents and civilians may not enter the country prior to their visa start date! Please contact your losing Military Personnel Section, Customer Service or Installation Passport Agent immediately upon notification of assignment to begin the processing and receipt of the necessary travel documents for family members prior to arrival in Italy. The Aviano Command Sponsorship Guide, https://www.31fss.com/command-sponsorship, provides information on required travel documents and the requirement to apply for a permesso di soggiorno; which will replace the visa once you are here.
Please reference the Aviano First 31 PCS Welcome guide often as you prepare for your move https://www.31fss.com/first-31-pcs-welcome. Download the USAF Connect app, selecting 31st Fighter Wing as your "favorite." Also reference the Aviano Facebook page at www.facebook.com/avianoairbase.
If you have not heard from a sponsor, please call your gaining unit to request a sponsor. Use the Major Units Listing tab to locate the phone number for your gaining unit.
31st Fighter Wing Welcomes You!
Welcome and congratulations on your assignment to the #1 Fighter Wing in the Air Force! Here at Aviano Air Base, Italy, you’ll have the opportunity to see all that Northern Italy has in store for you.
Tee off at the beautifully landscaped Alpine Golf Course on base with a 7,000-foot-tall mountain in front of you. In the winter time, ski and snowboard at Piancavallo just a 30 minute drive up the windy mountain road.
In the local areas, you can enjoy the many wineries, open-air markets and events that happen year-round.
An hour drive or train ride will land you in the heart of Venice, where you can sip Prosecco, eat pizza and watch gondolas row down ancient canals. February is Carnival of Venice season, so be ready to purchase your outfits and masks when you get here. Four hours from base lies the beautiful city of Florence, the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance. Walk through the bustling streets as you visit several art and history museums or shop at famous fashion boutique stores.
At first it may feel overwhelming, however soon you will be settled in and learn all the ins-and-outs of living in Europe and how to experience the Italian culture. Your sponsor will help you settle in and you’ll be part of Team Aviano’s family.
A Few Things to Get Started Right Away & Keep in Mind:
Privately Owned Firearms
Shipping of any kind of weapon is prohibited by Italian law. POF includes any weapons that are designed for or can be readily converted to be used for attack, defense, sports, games or hunting by driving a projectile through the barrel. This includes air pistols, air rifles and firing replicas of antique firearms. Additionally, it includes spring-opening knives, fixed bowie knives, straight-edge razors, brass knuckles, blackjack devices, cans with sharpened points, pipes, chains, slings, metal spheres, and any other like weapon which may be used for offending a person is forbidden. Italian law states that pocket knives may be carried, but the blade must not exceed two inches in length.
It is recommended to ship your personally owned vehicle 6-8 weeks before your departure. Since Aviano Air Base facilities are located in several different areas, you will be required to do business in different locations and a POV will be very important to you. House hunting also requires transportation and it is expensive to rent cars in Italy. It is better to ship early and rent in the US as opposed to renting in Italy. If you decide to rent a vehicle at Aviano, an International Driver's License is required, and can be received through AAA or the National Auto Club.
The Aviano First 31 PCS Welcome guide is designed to help you and your family prepare for your move and the unique circumstances at Aviano Air Base It can be found at https://www.31fss.com/first-31-pcs-welcome. You should also download the USAF Connect app making 31st Fighter Wing your "favorite", prior to your arrival. This App will help you learn about the base and has contact information for many of the base agencies you will need to contact as you prepare for your move and as you settle after your arrival in Aviano. Also reference the Aviano Facebook page at www.facebook.com/avianoairbase.
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