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Playgrounds on Laughlin Air Force Base are schedule to undergo major repairs May 3, 2018. The playgrounds sustained damage during the hailstorm in 2016 causing them to be dangerous and unusable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez) Hunt Housing renovates neighborhood parks
Hunt Housing is scheduled to renovate several children’s playgrounds around base that are in need of repairs by late July or early August. The staff’s main priority is ensuring kids have a safe experience using the playgrounds.
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2018
Airman 1st Class Soribel Rodriguez, 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management and patient travel technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Apr. 23, 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: Airman 1st Class Soribel Rodriguez
Airman 1st Class Soribel Rodriguez, 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management and patient travel technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 23, 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.
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2018
The “Airman’s Spotlight,” is a section dedicated to showcasing Laughlin’s Airmen with a prompt they answer candidly. The Airman’s Spotlight, selected at random, is open to all Airmen and civilians assigned to Laughlin. This week’s selection is Tech. Sgt. Eduardo Castro, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, B-shift station captain. He talks about balance the military and life with the comprehensive Airman wellness concept. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Airman’s Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Eduardo Castro
Tech. Sgt. Eduardo Castro, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, B-shift station captain, a native of Abilene, Texas, is subjected to stress every single day as an Airman, NCO and firefighter. “A stressor I face as a firefighter is the sheer amount of knowledge and disciplines we are trained for,” Castro said. “We are never done with our training, and it keeps us busy, giving us constant ways to grow professionally.”
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2018
During the ‘Fiesta of Flight’ open house and airshow at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas on May 12, 2018, families attending with children of any age can partake in fun games and attractions located next to the Air Traffic Control tower. “By having the kid’s zone, it makes it a more family-friendly environment where they would want to spend the entire day,” said Victoria Barlow, 47th Force Support Squadron community programs specialist. “Families could come to the airshow, watch the airplanes while the kids run around in the kid’s zone, grab lunch, and go back to the kid’s zone and still watch the airplanes.” Kid’s zone comes to ‘Fiesta of Flight’
During the ‘Fiesta of Flight’ open house and airshow at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas on May 12, families attending with children can partake in fun games and attractions located next to the Air Traffic Control tower.
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2018
Chaplain (Capt.) Sean Ballard, 47th Flying Training Wing Chaplain, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Apr. 16, 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. XLer of the week: Chaplain (Capt.) Sean Ballard
Chaplain (Capt.) Sean Ballard, 47th Flying Training Wing chaplain, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 16, 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 4/26
2018
Lt. Col. Matthew Vollkommer, 434th Flying Training Squadron commander, discusses the importance of setting standards.The Commander’s Corner gives Team XL first-hand accounts of their perspectives, and lets the commanders share their experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow) Set the standard
“What should be the vision for the squadron?” This was the question I asked myself while sitting down in a moment of reflection after assuming the command responsibility of the 434th Flying Training Squadron.
0 4/26
2018
The “Airman’s Spotlight,” is a section dedicated to showcasing Laughlin’s Airmen with a prompt they answer candidly. The Airman’s Spotlight, selected at random, is open to all Airmen and civilian assigned to Laughlin. This week’s selection is Giovanna Treglio, 47th Force Support Squadron education services specialist. Treglio offers some insight on how Airmen can maximize their resources to get a degree. (U.S. Air Force Graphic/Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez) Airman’s Spotlight: Giovanna Treglio
Airmen wanting to begin or continue their journey to get a degree can sometimes run into obstacles. Giovanna Treglio, 47th Force Support Squadron education services specialist, helps Airmen choose a degree plan and then develop a strategy to achieve it.
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Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-08 graduates after 52 weeks of training, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 27, 2018. Laughlin is the home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, a pilot training base that produces more than 300 military aviators annually. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) SUPT Class 18-08 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend a graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-08, at 10 a.m., here, in Anderson Hall, April 27, 2018.
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2018
Airman 1st Class Robby Agustin, 47th Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment assistant, Irish Domingo, his spouse, and their dog Momo explore the nature trails at Laughlin Air Force Base, April 23, 2018. The couple enjoys the trails as an alternate to visiting the gym, as well as an opportunity for family time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Explore Texas: Laughlin's nature trails
Laughlin’s unspoken gem, the on base nature trails, are green and full of flowers and wildlife, like an oasis in a land of heat and burrs. Truth be told, there are plenty of thorns and thistles near the nature trails; however, unlike the rest of the nearby wilderness there is a reliable path to follow and activities to enjoy. The nature trails, intended to provide wildlife a habitat, are located in Laughlin’s backyard and are managed by the 47th Civil Engineer Squadron and are and is open for public enjoyment.
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2018
William McEvoy's passion is making sure the stories of the past are remembered. Since childhood, he has found value in history, and to this day carries out that same value in his day-to-day. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja) Airman’s Spotlight: William McEvoy
Without historians like William McEvoy, 47th Flying Training Wing historian, to take the time to formally document happenings and go through the process of securing them, officially nothing takes place in the business of fly, fight, win.
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2018
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