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The Air Force’s 31st Maintenance Group, based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, has been awarded one of six Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Awards, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The awards are presented annually “to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon system and military equipment maintenance,” a DOD release said.

The awards will be presented at a banquet Nov. 16, during the 2011 DOD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas. Additional information is available at:

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