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Upon reopening of Texas State Highway Loop 79 and the beginning of operations at Laughlin’s west gate June 29, 2018, numerous street signs will change to accommodate the new flow of traffic here. The change, to accommodate incoming and outgoing traffic from the new gate, will see stop signs at Mitchell Boulevard, Laughlin Drive, and Arnold Boulevard removed and placed at intersections, stopping traffic across Barnes Street and Liberty Drive. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hambor) Traffic changes coming to Laughlin
The reopening of Texas State Highway Loop 79 marks the beginning of operations at Laughlin’s west gate, which will officially happen June 29, 2018 at 10 p.m. here. This change will also come with numerous street signs changes on Laughlin, meant to accommodate incoming and outgoing traffic from the new gate.
0 6/21
2018
Base Airmen Against Drunk Driving, or BAADD for short, is a program on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas that’s used to anonymously provide Airmen a free and anonymous ride home from the neighboring community of Del Rio, Texas, in case they are too intoxicated to drive. As of June 15, 2018, the Laughlin BAADD council joined forced with Joint Base San Antonio, Texas’ own Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving, or AADD, to provide any service member traveling to San Antonio an anonymous, military sourced alternative to getting to a hotel room or back on base. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Laughlin, JBSA team up to end drunk driving
As of June 15, the Laughlin BAADD council joined forces with Joint Base San Antonio, Texas’ own Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving, or AADD, to provide any service member in the San Antonio area an anonymous, military sourced alternative to getting to a hotel room or back on to any base in the JBSA network.
0 6/21
2018
Alvaro Constancio, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II maintainer, speaks about what it’s like being one of Laughlin’s maintainers, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 20, 2018. First coming to the team in 2001 as a product of the “Grow Your Own” program, Constancio has been working hard to keep Laughlin’s aircraft mission-ready and in the air. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja) Airman’s Spotlight: Alvaro Constancio
Walking into a maintenance hangar enjoys an atmosphere different than anywhere else at Laughlin, and it’s one that some XL members don’t get a chance to experience. It is an atmosphere that embodies “work hard, play hard,” in its own way. Climate control is substituted with the coming and going of the seasons, however fist-bumps and friendly banter are year-round. Alvaro Constancio, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II maintainer, has been a part of that environment since 2001, as a product of the “Grow Your Own” program, and said he’s happy to be there.
0 6/21
2018
Lt. Col. William Notbohm speaks on leadership practices necessary for overcoming obstacles as he transitions out of command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 21, 2018. Notbohm will be moving on to the next part of his career, which is attending professional military training at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo/47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs) Commander's corner: Foul-weather leadership
Perhaps our ability to lead in difficult times is what matters most in command, or in general, leadership. Most people can probably do well in fair weather; you know the type – they show up to work on time, smile, get along with others, and report good metrics when everything is going well. But how do they (how do you) react during those seemingly intractable problems or unexpected crises?
0 6/21
2018
Luis Hernandez Jr., 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II aircraft maintenance worker, services the tail of a T-6 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2018. Hernandez was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 11, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hambor) XLer of the Week: Luis Hernandez Jr.
Luis Hernandez Jr., 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II aircraft maintenance worker, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 11, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
0 6/21
2018
Airman 1st Class Nancy Veloz, 47th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, checks an ID card at the entrance to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 13, 2018. She enjoys many things about her job—for example—seeing how the military working dogs are handled, staying prepared for deployment, patrolling the base and getting to know many people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Airman’s spotlight: Airman 1st Class Nancy Veloz
Security forces plays many roles in the U.S. Air Force, and one role people see on a daily basis are the Airmen guarding the gate. As the very first line of base defense, Airman 1st Class Nancy Veloz, 47th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, enjoys many things about her job. A few of the aspects of her job she enjoys are seeing how the military working dogs are handled, staying prepared for deployment, patrolling the base and especially getting to know many people.
0 6/14
2018
Staff Sgt. Ethan Marquis, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working MDW handler, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 4, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) XLer of the week: Staff Sgt. Ethan Marquis
Staff Sgt. Ethan Marquis, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working MDW handler, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 4, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
0 6/13
2018
A pilot runs a pre-flight checklist with the T-6 Texan II March 30, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat aircraft, designed for initial flight training during Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Laughlin’s instructor pilots talk T-6 Texan II
With a primary mission of training the world’s best military pilots, Laughlin is also home to a number of the best instructor pilots the U.S. Air Force has to offer. A majority of these instructors are assigned to either the 85th Flying Training Squadron or the 434th FTS, which are together known as “T-6 Nation,” giving students their first flying experiences in the military through the T-6 Texan II.
0 6/11
2018
In this edition of the “commander’s corner,” Col. Thatcher Cardon, 47th Medical Group commander, describes how his experiences in military service and in the medical profession helped shape his definition of the term “happiness,” and how to attain or maintain a sense of such. “There are several elements to happiness but none more important, by far, than good relationships,” he said. “In my career as a doctor when people are stripped of all they have and are, on their death beds, it’s all about relationships.” Happiness is on purpose, not an accident
There are several elements to happiness but none more important, by far, than good relationships. In my career as a doctor when people are stripped of all they have and are, on their death beds, it’s all about relationships
0 6/08
2018
Second Lieutenant Hieu Pham, 47th Student Squadron student pilot, flies in a simulator as a part of his phase III Student Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June, 6, 2018. Pham discusses pilot training, how it compares to his life before the military, and how he believes it will affect his future. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Airman’s spotlight: 2nd Lt. Hieu Pham
Second Lieutenant Hieu Pham, 47th Student Squadron student pilot, discusses pilot training, how it compares to his life before the military, and how he believes it will affect his future. “Pilot training is definitely a lot harder than college or ROTC,” Pham said. “I’ve been given a lot more responsibility here with fewer people looking after me, and along with that responsibility, I’m held more accountable for my actions.”
0 6/07
2018
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