Copyright © MBAviation-Images Operation Unified Protector LOCATION AVIANO - ITALY DATE MARCH 2011 TYPE OF WORK EXERCISE Operation Unified Protector began on March 31 under NATO leadership, officially marking the transition from Operation Odyssey Dawn, in enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. The goal of Operation Unified Protector was to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under attack or threat of attack. The mission was focused on three main areas: an arms embargo, a no-fly-zone and actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack. I was able to witness myself, the first operational flights on March 30 & 31, with F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, EA-18G Growler and O/A- 10A´s. And last but not least, the local 31FW F-16CG Fighting Falcon at Aviano AB, Italy. click to enlarge! click to enlarge!