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16th Air Expeditionary Wing
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Emblem of the 16th Air Expeditionary Wing
Active 1944–1946
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe
Garrison/HQ Aviano AB, Italy
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  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1945)
  • Global War on Terrorism
    (Dates TBD)

Two F-16s from Aviano Air Base, Italy, after fueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Adriatic Sea.

The United States Air Force's 16th Air Expeditionary Wing (16 AEW) was a provisional Air Expeditionary unit of the United States Air Forces in Europe from 1997 for the purpose of supporting US no-fly zone and other operations in the Balkans. It remained active until June 2003, when it was replaced by the 401st Air Expeditionary Wing at Aviano.[1]


The Wing was located at Aviano AB, Italy. It operated expeditionary sites at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia; Sarajevo and Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Taszar Air Base, Hungary; Zagreb, Croatia and Naval Air Station Sigonella and San Vito Air Station, Italy; in addition to a contingency processing center at Rhein-Main AB, Germany.

  • 16th Expeditionary Operations Group, Istres AB
  • 401st Expeditionary Air Base Group, Tuzla AB
  • 406th Expeditionary Air Base Group, Taszar AB
  • 620th Expeditionary Air Base Group, Camp Able Sentry
  • 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, Camp Bondsteel
  • 16th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, Sarajevo
  • 16th Expeditionary Support Squadron, Rhein-Main AB
  • 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, NAS Sigonella
  • 775th Expeditionary Support Squadron, San Vito AS

Weapons systems operated

reference for Weapons systems operated[2]


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