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U.S. military officials are coordinating search and rescue efforts with Italian military and civilian teams following the loss of communication with an Aviano F-16 fighter jet Monday evening. The aircraft, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission over the Adriatic Sea when the base lost contact with the pilot at approximately 8 p.m. Soon after, Italian aircraft and ships were dispatched to the missing jet's last known location.

Friday, 01 October 2010 03:06

510th Fighter Squadron first to use GBU-54

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The Air Force has used the GBU-54 bomb for the first time in combat in Afghanistan, officials at Bagram Airfield announced, Oct. 4, 2010. An F-16 deployed to Bagram from the 510th Fighter Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy, recently dropped a GBU-54 during a combat sortie, they said. The GBU-54, known as the Laser JDAM, is a 500-pound joint direct attack munition with the addition of a laser-guidance kit. That addition allows the munition to strike moving targets precisely, just as it can accurately strike stationary objects via its GPS-aided guidance package. The GBU-54 made its combat debut in August 2008 in Iraq. Here, the weapon is shown resting on an Aviano F-16's wing at Bagram, Oct. 1, 2010.

Air Force photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz

The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force's premier air demonstration team; from the pilots to the maintainers, they represent the best the Air Force has to offer. One Luke Airman was recently selected to join this elite team of professionals, Capt. Jason Curtis, 308th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot. "I felt super stoked," Curtis said. "It will be an amazing opportunity to represent something that is much larger than me -- the United States Air Force."

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:00

Thracian Star 2012 - Bulgaria

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U.S. and Bulgarian Airmen launched Thracian Star 2012, a joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability, during a ceremony here April 18.

Col. Patrick J.S. Miller, 31st Operations Group commander, passes the 510th Fighter Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Michael E. Thompson, 510th Fighter Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 3 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Colonel Thompson took the reins of the 510th FS from Lt. Col. Gregory P. Sarakatsannis.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 18:07

Buzzards Support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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Buzzards are Currently Deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.  Squadron Commander, Lt Col Adrian "Kermit" Pone, sent along a few photos of the Squadron which can be seen by clicking the image to the right of this article. Photos include a Group Operations photo, Group MX (Maintenance) photo, and a few candid shots.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 17:25

Buzzards Deliver Combat Airpower

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Airmen deployed from the 510th Fighter Squadron took part in the decisive Battle of An Najaf where more than 200 enemy insurgents were killed and 100 gunmen captured near An Najaf Jan. 28.

Members of the 31st Fighter Wing wrapped up Rodopi Javelin 2007 Oct. 26, a three-week exercise, marking the second time the 510th Fighter Squadron participated in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian air force at Graf Ignatevio air force base, Bulgaria.

Thursday, 25 October 2007 20:00

Jets fly in Bulgarian Exercise

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Members of the 31st Fighter Wing wrapped up Rodopi Javelin 2007 today, a three-week exercise, marking the second time the 510th Fighter Squadron participated in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian air force at Graf Ignatevio air force base, Bulgaria. 

Thursday, 08 February 2007 19:00

Buzzards Deliver Combat Airpower

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Airmen deployed from the 510th Fighter Squadron took part in the decisive Battle of An Najaf where more than 200 enemy insurgents were killed and 100 gunmen captured near An Najaf Jan. 28.

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