New programs reach Team XL

Victoria Barlow, 47th Force Support Squadron community program specialist, shows off the vinyl mural art which Casey Harrington, a military spouse, created at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 8, 2017. While formally, the building is still called the "Losano Fitness Center" it is also referred to as Losano Commons to paint a more inclusive picture of what they offer.

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 47th Force Support Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, has recently collaborated with the Airman and Family Readiness Center to introduce three new programs to the base.

Among the new additions are the community center, Laughlin Information Tickets and Travel office and a Junior Flyer’s Club, all located in the A&FRC at Losano Fitness Center.

“While formally, our building is still called the 'Losano Fitness Center' we are trying to paint a more inclusive picture of what we have to offer,” said Victoria Barlow, 47th FSS community program specialist. “It is truly an awesome common space for our Airmen and their families to gather together.”

The Information Tickets and Travel office offers many different tickets and event opportunities, and they offer a number of vacation opportunities, tours and cruises designed exclusively for military members and their families.

The 47th FSS has introduced both a community center and a Junior Flyer's Club at the Airman and Family Center. The community center has video games, video game systems, board games, and tablets for Airmen and their families to borrow for free.

“People are especially enthusiastic about renting the game consoles and video games,” said Elizabeth Rogers, 47th FSS marketing assistant.”

The community center currently offers more than 30 video games including our PlayStation 4, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360 and Wii U consoles, and have gotten quite a few requests for new games.

According to Rogers, the community center is always excited to hear feedback so they can offer Airmen, their families, and the Laughlin community better resources that improve morale and overall quality of life.

Additionally, the Junior Flyer's Club is an area for kids under 5-years-old to explore and play.

“It's great to see [The Junior Flyer’s Club] is already being used to the extent it is, and are excited for more families to take advantage of the area,” Rogers said. “It's a fun place where children under five can play together with their parent or guardian.”

According to Barlow, these activities make Laughlin a more family-friendly base and also allow Airmen more opportunities through tickets and our game and electronics loan program.

For more information, call the A&FRC at 830-298-5620 or the ITT office at 830-298-5562.