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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson departs Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. While visiting, Wilson listened to 31st Fighter Wing mission briefs, coined multiple exceptional Airmen and saw demonstrations of rapid readiness during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson signs a mural at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. The mural was created by Senior Airman Christopher Perkins, a jet engine mechanic of the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson listens to an explanation by Senior Airman Christopher Perkins, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron jet engine mechanic at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Perkins explained his inspiration for a mural he created about his work with the 555th Fighter Squadron or “Triple Nickel” that took him two months to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson observes a Security Forces exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson also listened to an explanation of how 31 SFS operates to maintain rapid readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks 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)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

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)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visits Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson listened to 31 Fighter Wing mission briefs, coined multiple exceptional Airmen and saw demonstrations of rapid readiness during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson poses for a photo with members of Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson listened to 31 Fighter Wing mission briefs, coined multiple exceptional Airmen and saw demonstrations of rapid readiness during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson greets base leadership at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson listened to 31st Fighter Wing mission briefs, coined multiple exceptional Airmen and saw demonstrations of rapid readiness during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019.
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson listens to a mission brief at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 24, 2019. Wilson listened to 31st Fighter Wing mission briefs, coined multiple exceptional Airmen and saw demonstrations of rapid readiness during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Wyvern Warriors at Aviano Air Base, Italy on April 24.

 

Wilson was able to directly see and experience the many missions of the 31st Fighter Wing and how Aviano supports warfighters and contributes to the national defense strategy.

 

Speaking of the 31 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 31 FW. They were coined 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,” said Wilson, “So restoring the readiness of the force to win any fight, any time is priority one.”