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Understanding the Mission

Col. John Quinn, 313th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander, briefs aircraft maintenance personnel on the current mission status and takes questions from Airmen on July 26, 2011, at a base in Western Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. John Capra)

Col. John Quinn, 313th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander, briefs aircraft maintenance personnel on the current mission status and takes questions from Airmen on July 26, 2011, at a base in Western Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. John Capra)

Western Europe -- Col. John Quinn, 313th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph A. Parlato, Command Chief, brief Airmen about the current mission status and how they have made a positive impact on Operation Unified Protector.

"We have flown an incredible number of sorties in a relatively short period of time," said Quinn. "In fact, we are close to logging our 2,000th sortie in a few days, an accomplishment directly attributable to what our Airman are doing here."

The command chief complimented the Airmen on their performance and discussed some morale projects that are in various stages of completion. "We want to maintain open lines of communication," said Parlato. "So if there is something you need or an issue that we need to bring to senior leadership, please let me know."

The 313th AEW provides aerial refueling to aircraft supporting Operation Unified Protector, a NATO-led mission to enforce a no-fly zone over the nation of Libya and provide humanitarian assistance to the Libyan civilian population, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.