Wilson was able to directly see and experience the many missions of the 31st Fighter Wing and how Aviano AB supports warfighters and contributes to the National Defense Strategy.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson poses for a photo with members of the 31st Munitions Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson was also given a guided tour into aspects of how the 31 MUNS mission supports the National Defense Strategy. - U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow
Speaking of the 31st FW, Wilson said, “It is probably one of the most diverse wings in the U.S. Air Force. The neat thing about Aviano is it has these multiple missions that it does simultaneously. It’s an amazing base for the Air Force and a real challenge for the Airmen who are stationed here.”
During her visit, Wilson spoke with Airmen from different mission sets to hear about their successes and improvements to their jobs.
“Any day out with Airmen is a really good day. I love to see the innovation of Airmen, particularly when they work in teams, swarm at problems and just get after the mission,” Wilson said.
Wilson also recognized exceptional Airmen who have brought unique innovations to the 31st FW. They were recognized by her for their efforts.
Speaking about executing the National Defense Strategy, Wilson expressed the importance of maintaining and restoring readiness.
“We have to create more time on the calendar to be able to train and prepare for that high-end fight,” Wilson said. “So restoring the readiness of the force to win any fight, any time is priority one.”