Kent Harris

Aviano volunteers shop, deliver groceries to those stuck at home by coronavirus restrictions

More than 150 people have volunteered for an on-base grocery shopping and delivery program to help those whose movement is limited under Italy’s coronavirus restrictions.

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Coronavirus test kits expected at Aviano 'as early as next week'

The 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base in Italy should soon be able to test for the coronavirus on base, officials said at a virtual town hall meeting.

US military in Italy mobilizes to help as coronavirus spreads

The Navy is shutting schools, child development centers and base gyms at Naval Support Activity Naples, and cancelling “base group activities” starting Tuesday, joining Army and Air Force efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Italy.

Over 100 at Aviano Air Base in self-quarantine, others told to keep their distance in public as coronavirus precaution

The 31st Fighter Wing has 134 people in isolation or self-quarantine and has instructed everyone to keep their distance from others in public amid coronavirus concerns, officials said during a virtual town hall meeting.

Closures at US bases in Italy continue as coronavirus spreads

U.S. bases in northern Italy entered a second week of school, day care and gym closures as the country’s cases of the new coronavirus doubled over the weekend.

D-II roundup

It'll be all Italy in medium school championships

Naples will play for two titles, taking on Aviano in boys play and Vicenza in girls action.

Aviano girls, Naples boys get boosts with triumphs

Saints hand Wildcats first defeat in Italy play in more than three years before Naples overcomes big lead in low-scoring boys affair.

AOSR, Vicenza split in renewed D-II rivalry

Cougar girls win season debut back in medium-school category, but boys fall to determined Falcons.

D-II volleyball final

Vicenza wins rubber match with Naples to take crown

Teams had split during the regular season, but Cougars avenge their only loss during the season in four sets.

Coaches see plenty of room for improvement after early volleyball matchup

Aviano hosts American Overseas School of Rome and Rota for five weekend matches and everyone comes away with positives and plenty to work on.

Volunteer coach and referee dies in Italy

A volunteer football coach and frequent referee at high school sporting events died Saturday, the military said Thursday.

Wiesbaden dominates Day 1 of cross-Alps encounter

Warriors thump Vicenza and Naples behind strong offensive and overpowering efforts on mound.

Italian workers demonstrate outside Aviano. They say a strike is possible

Dozens of Italian workers demonstrated near Aviano’s main gate Saturday, calling on the U.S. Air Force to honor long-standing agreements on base employment.

Aviano sweeps Ansbach in day marred by injury

Saints win 16-1 in mercy-rule victory, then walk off with a 20-7 triumph in second game stopped short after scary incident.

Naples girls roll, while Aviano boys prevail

Wildcat girls win sixth straight game, while Saints boys remain unbeaten in Italy.

Many D-I boys games are tossups so far

Vicenza edges Vilseck and Naples tops Stuttgart in latest round of close games involving teams that want to contend for large-school championship.

Roadhouse restaurant near Aviano should satisfy carnivores

I had dined at the Roadhouse chain of restaurants before while visiting the Tiare shopping mall near Villesse just a few miles from the Italian border with Slovenia.

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Portogruaro combines historical buildings, modern shopping close to Aviano Air Base

Plenty of Americans assigned to Aviano Air Base know the Italian city of Portogruaro because of where it leads.The city of about 25,000 is more than just a landmark, it's also a great city for shopping.

Saints get the best of Rota in this round

Teams that have met three times in the past two years might meet again - for title - if Saturday's highly competitive game is indicator.

Teams start off season by testing each other and themselves

Ramstein outlasts Vicenza and Naples takes down Kaiserslautern in first day of D-I battles between schools north and south of Alps.

Oniga one of the better restaurants in Venice

There is no shortage of restaurants in Venice, a city that’s on just about every checklist for those visiting Italy.

Vicenza football in rebuilding mode again

Almost half the 35 players who came out who took the field before school started are freshmen.

New players will have to fill roles for Saints to repeat successful season

Only a handful of players return from last year’s squad that went 6-0 in the regular season before losing to Rota 26-21 in the Division II semifinals.

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Parks and regulations: Park near Aviano is peaceful with miles of trails

Parco di Villa Varda near Aviano Air Base offers opportunities for exercise, relaxation and sightseeing — just don't bring your dog or bike.

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Keeping its cool: Lesser-known Grotte Caglieron an easy distance from Aviano

Italy’s most famous sites — such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Grand Canal in Venice and Pompeii — are famous around the world. But it’s not that difficult to live in the country for years and find lesser-known venues that you’ve never heard of, much less discovered. Grotte Caglieron is one of those places.

Pakistani restaurant near Pordenone, Italy, packs a spicy punch

There aren’t a lot of options around Aviano Air Base for those looking for a place to eat out that doesn’t serve Italian, American(ish) or Chinese food.


Aviano’s newest airmen parachute in ahead of unit ceremonies

The airmen assigned to the newest units of the 31st Fighter Wing won’t all be parachuting onto base like the five that jumped on Tuesday, though dozens more probably could do that.

Spangdahlem stays perfect in division by edging Aviano

Sentinels are 5-0 in Division II play, but should face plenty of challenges in small, but competitive field in championships.

Raiders cross Alps and conquer Italian foes

Kaiserslautern improves to 8-2 in Division I by scoring 45 times in games against Naples and Vicenza.

Tai Ji Food Fusion Restaurant gets a fresh start in Aviano

Their restaurant is technically the newest in town, having opened its doors just about three months ago. But Zheng Junling and Ying Wei are no strangers to the restaurant business in Aviano.

Jacobs, Sigonella go 4-0 in four-team event

Jaguars improve to 11-1 on the softball season and could be favored to defend their European title.

Some teams appear more armed for success

Stuttgart and Vilseck emerge from first day with pair of victories over Italian rivals Naples and Vicenza.

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Barcis, Italy, offers uncrowded hiking trails and scenery at the foot of the Dolomites

Spring has sprung in Northern Italy, and that means the mountain bikes and hiking boots have come out of storage. For those in shape — or those who want to get in shape quickly (not recommended) — the Dolomites north and east of Aviano Air Base beckon.

AOSR, Marymount continue to handle the competition

The two Rome-based schools have spent most of the past decade facing off in the title game and it would take an upset to keep them from doing so again this season.

Vicenza girls find net again and again against Vilseck

Stuttgart girls and boys and Vilseck boys get narrow victories in other action in annual north-south matchups.

Aviano airmen charged in hit-and-run accident

Police said the driver’s BMW 330 approached a traffic circle at high speed, lost control and hit four cars in the parking lot. A person in the back seat of one of the four cars sustained minor injuries.