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June 5, 1988
The Italian Cabinet approved a proposal to relocate 72 U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter planes to Italy from Spain, which has asked that they be moved in three years. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita's coalition government, must be approved by Parliament, where it will run into strong left-wing opposition. North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers agreed in principle last month to rebase the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in Italy.
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June 5, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The churches are well attended on a soft spring day, and so is the golf course. Cyclists race along country roads. Hamburgers sizzle. And two deadly-looking FA-18 fighters claw into the sky. It is a workaday Sunday in what may be the only American small town where tortured Bosnia-Herzegovina is a real place, a palpable threat, a source of grief. On Friday, a missile fired by Bosnian Serbs downed a U.S. F-16, the first plane from this base to be lost in the Balkan fighting.
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NEWS
February 5, 1988
Italy will consider accepting the 72 American jet fighters being evicted by Spain, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must make the final decision on where they are based, U.S. and Italian defense officials said. Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci and Valerio Zanone, Italy's defense minister, said the Air Force F-16s should remain in Europe but indicated there was no commitment to base them in Italy. They said no official request has been made to Italy.
NEWS
February 18, 1991
Protesters demanding an end to the Gulf War and the withdrawal of Italian forces from the Persian Gulf formed a human chain two miles long at a U.S. naval air station in SIGONELLA, SICILY, police said. About 8,000 people also demonstrated outside the Italian air base at SAN DAMIANO IN NORTHERN ITALY. . . . Hundreds of peace marchers threaded through the Cotswold Hills of SOUTHWESTERN ENGLAND to protest the use of FAIRFORD AIR BASE for Gulf War raids by U.S. B-52 bombers.
NEWS
May 27, 1988
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to transfer 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Spain to Italy and to pay for the relocation with NATO infrastructure funds. Gen. Wolfgang Altenburg, chairman of NATO's military committee, said that the panel had recommended Italy as "the only suitable country." West German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz said the ministers unanimously approved the recommendation during a meeting in Brussels.
NEWS
May 25, 1988 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, meeting in Brussels this week, are expected to formally ask Italy to provide a base for a U.S. jet fighter wing that recently was ordered to leave Spain, the Pentagon's second-ranking official told Congress on Tuesday. A move toward resolving the fate of the wing, in the light of U.S. threats to disband it if a new base is not found soon, would defuse a potentially divisive squabble among NATO allies on the eve of the U.S.
NEWS
June 5, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The churches are well attended on a soft spring day, and so is the golf course. Cyclists race along country roads. Hamburgers sizzle. And two deadly-looking FA-18 fighters claw into the sky. It is a workaday Sunday in what may be the only American small town where tortured Bosnia-Herzegovina is a real place, a palpable threat, a source of grief. On Friday, a missile fired by Bosnian Serbs downed a U.S. F-16, the first plane from this base to be lost in the Balkan fighting.
NEWS
February 18, 1991
Protesters demanding an end to the Gulf War and the withdrawal of Italian forces from the Persian Gulf formed a human chain two miles long at a U.S. naval air station in SIGONELLA, SICILY, police said. About 8,000 people also demonstrated outside the Italian air base at SAN DAMIANO IN NORTHERN ITALY. . . . Hundreds of peace marchers threaded through the Cotswold Hills of SOUTHWESTERN ENGLAND to protest the use of FAIRFORD AIR BASE for Gulf War raids by U.S. B-52 bombers.
NEWS
July 1, 1988
The lower house of Italy's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the government's decision to accept 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets being evicted from their base in Spain. The Chamber of Deputies voted 298 to 196 to back the plan to move the 401st Tactical Wing from Torrejon, Spain, to Crotone in the Puglia region of southern Italy by 1991. A coalition of Communists, Italy's second-largest party, and smaller leftist groups opposed accepting the jets.
NEWS
June 5, 1988
The Italian Cabinet approved a proposal to relocate 72 U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter planes to Italy from Spain, which has asked that they be moved in three years. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita's coalition government, must be approved by Parliament, where it will run into strong left-wing opposition. North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers agreed in principle last month to rebase the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in Italy.
NEWS
May 27, 1988
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed to transfer 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Spain to Italy and to pay for the relocation with NATO infrastructure funds. Gen. Wolfgang Altenburg, chairman of NATO's military committee, said that the panel had recommended Italy as "the only suitable country." West German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz said the ministers unanimously approved the recommendation during a meeting in Brussels.
NEWS
May 25, 1988 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, meeting in Brussels this week, are expected to formally ask Italy to provide a base for a U.S. jet fighter wing that recently was ordered to leave Spain, the Pentagon's second-ranking official told Congress on Tuesday. A move toward resolving the fate of the wing, in the light of U.S. threats to disband it if a new base is not found soon, would defuse a potentially divisive squabble among NATO allies on the eve of the U.S.
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