31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/3/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- F-16
Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing are providing close air
support during Exercise Adriatic Strike 2014 in Postojna, Slovenia this
week. Slovenia first hosted Adriatic Strike, an exercise focused on
training Joint Terminal Attack Controllers or JTACs, in 2012.
The Slovenian government has invited JTACs from the Austrian, Belgian,
Czech, Montenegrin, French, Croatian, Latvian, Hungarian and Slovenian
militaries to participate in this marquee training event. The main goals
of the exercise are enhancing JTAC interoperability and technical
Each day, aircraft from Aviano Air Base will fly to the main Slovenian
Air Force training range to simulate the combat close air support that
JTACs are responsible for coordinating. The F-16 is a multirole fighter
that flies a variety of missions to include suppression of enemy air
defense, offensive counter air, defensive counter air, close air support
and forward air controller missions.