Laughlin XLer: Capt. Richard Loesch

Capt. Richard Loesch, 47th Operations Support Squadron chief of wing airspace (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Thomas Shank, 47th Flying Training Wing commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 12, 2017. The XLer is a weekly award chosen by wing leadership and is presented to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Hambor)

Capt. Richard Loesch, 47th Operations Support Squadron chief of wing airspace (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Thomas Shank, 47th Flying Training Wing commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 12, 2017. The XLer is a weekly award chosen by wing leadership and is presented to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Hambor)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Unit and job title: 47th Operations Support Squadron chief of wing airspace

Why he XLed: Capt. Richard Loesch led military training route reviews, streamlining the review to be 75 percent more efficient than last year for 48 members in four different squadrons. Loesch put in 48 flight hours into covering 23 unique training routes, surveying more than 29,000 square nautical miles, securing valuable airspace not only for AETC, but for any Air Force aircraft. He also identified 44 new/unmarked structures and 12 airfields in the surrounding area, writing out 17 map changes, keeping XL pilots safe. Loesch secured four military training routes that were slated for closure, expanding Laughlin’s training capabilities by 37 percent. Lastly, Loesch identified an annual shortfall due to weather, penning contingency operations for the 2018 calendar year for on-time completion.