31FW improving the First 31 minutes, hours, & days before, upon & after arrival
- Work, Volunteer, Learn
- Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)
- 31 FW Force Support Services
- Military & Family Readiness Center
- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
- Trains, Planes, Buses & Shuttles
- Language & Culture
- Parking & Markets
- Eating Out
- Grocery & Shopping Tips
- Community Stores
- Activities & Day Trips
- Family Activities
- Facebook Groups/Make it Better Clubs
Work, Volunteer, Learn
Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)
The information on First 31 is general in nature and may not apply to every situation, e.g. information may be different for Italian or European Union (EU) Nationals.
U.S. military members, government civilian employees, contractors, and their dependents in Italy live here pursuant to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). U.S. military members on orders do not need a passport or a visa to enter and remain in Italy. However, U.S. Government civilian employees and all dependents who are not EU citizens are required to have a Missione Visa and Soggiorno Permit. The Italian government gives these documents to those individuals who are here solely for the purpose of the U.S. military mission and, therefore, have “SOFA protected” status.
With a Missione Visa and Missione Soggiorno Permit, you are eligible for employment on base with the U.S. Forces. To be employed in Italy by someone other than the U.S. Forces (U.S. Forces would include GS, NAF, and U.S. Government contracted positions) may require additional authorizations and could result in adjustments to your ‘SOFA protected” status, which would likely impact your SOFA privileges, which include access to the BX, access to the commissary, access to the military postal system, use of SETAF registered vehicles, provision of rations, and availability of legal assistance under foreign criminal jurisdiction, among other benefits. Furthermore, one switching from a Missione Visa to an Italian Work Visa would have to return to the U.S. (or their country of nationality) to apply for an Italian Work Visa. In addition to the possibility of losing “SOFA protected” status, an individual may be required to comply with a number of Italian laws and regulations.
In general, military members, government civilian employees, contractors, and dependents are prohibited from holding off-base employment or conducting off-base commercial enterprises without an Italian Work Visa. If you have questions regarding telework, “de minimis” work, or working as a civilian in Italy, generally, please contact the Legal Assistance Office.
31 FW Force Support ServicesBelow is a sampling of some of what 31FSS offers. With over 20 different facilities, we are here to make your time at Aviano fun, productive and comfortable. Head over to 31fss.com to see everything we offer - from a combined officer/enlisted club to coffee shops to the Post Office, A&FRC, Youth Programs and more!
Military & Family Readiness Center
The Military and Family Readiness Center (MFRC) is a gateway to the resources you need. It is one part of the overall Family Readiness System, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and economic readiness. It should be one of your first stops once you arrive at the new installation.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault survivor care 24/7/365. The SARC is also responsible for ensuring intervention and prevention training is accomplished acorss the installation.
Trains, Planes, Buses & Shuttles
Language & Culture
Parking & Markets
The following information will assist you in choosing the correct establishment for your tastes and pocketbook. There are 5 general types of eating and drinking establishments.
Grocery & Shopping Tips
Community StoresWhile the base is a great resource and a convenient place to shop and eat, the local community has a lot to offer and really gives you a chance to feel like you are really living in Italy. Below are a list of stores to get you started. They are not endorsed or affiliated with Aviano Air Base.
Activities & Day Trips
Family ActivitiesDon’t forget to check out Aviano’s Outdoor Rec Trips or the ITT Trips. Subscribe to the Snapshot and the Wyvern Weekly Newsletter for a calendar of upcoming local events and festivals. Below are a list of activities to get you started. They are not endorsed or affiliated with Aviano Air Base.
Facebook Groups/Make it Better Clubs