AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Americans and Italian employees have until Wednesday to get their vehicles inspected by base personnel for possible tire damage caused by security devices at base gates.

In the meantime, those with tire damage have been instructed to attend a brief session at the base’s legal office where they can receive instructions on how to file a claim. The sessions are held at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The 31st Fighter Wing started the free inspections Jan. 5 after some tires were apparently damaged by a security device which allows cars to drive over metal spikes in only one direction.

The 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron is inspecting tires in a hangar behind the exchange/commissary complex.

In the meantime, the devices at the gates have been taken out of service.

Motorists with vehicle license plates with the last number of ‘9’ can take vehicles in Thursday and Friday.

Those with ‘0’ for their last number can get tires inspected Monday.

People who missed their inspection days can take their cars Tuesday and Wednesday.

The inspections are held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for 40 years.

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