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Laughlin’s SUPT program is a 52-week training course, with more than 500 hours in academics and 60 hours in simulation, before partaking in 200 hours of flight in the T-6A Texan II and either the T-38C Talon II or the T-1A Jayhawk. The training provided by these instructors, like Atkins, forms the basic flight skills crucial to a student's flying career. Airman’s Spotlight: Capt. Nicholas Atkins
In today’s highly technological era of airpower requiring adaptable, capable, and lethal airmen, meeting those demands can prove to be challenging.
0 5/24
2018
Lt. Col. Cory Christoffer reflects on his 20 years in the Air Force, and talks about what he thinks will make the Air Force a more cohesive unit. “It’s the little things that matter,” Christoffer said. “Giving a ride to an Airman walking across base, taking someone’s office garbage out, helping a peer through a fitness test, or even giving a smile, handshake, or verbal encouragement are just a few little things we can do to help each other as we work together to accomplish our mission.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja) Commander's corner: Instant coffee -- a metaphor for life
This month, I mark 20 years of service to our beautiful nation of paved roads, unbelievable grocery stores, large movie theaters, awe-inspiring state and national parks, and delicious restaurants and food trucks.
0 5/23
2018
Airman 1st Class Renato Menchaca, 85th Flying Training Squadron aviation resource manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 14, 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 Marco A. Gomez) XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Renato Menchaca
Airman 1st Class Renato Menchaca, 85th Flying Training Squadron aviation resource manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 14, 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 5/23
2018
A performer at Laughlin’s Open House and Air Show, “Fiesta of Flight,” gives a thumbs-up the crowd as he taxis down the runway May 12, 2018. The airshow was visited by flyovers, performers and static displays from numerous bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez) Laughlin hosts the ‘Fiesta of Flight’
The normally quiet Texas skies were filled with the low rumbles and sub-sonic booms of aircraft across many generations providing a spectacle for more than 22,000 local community members flocking to Laughlin’s open gates for the first time in nearly a decade.
0 5/17
2018
Master Sgt. Nicholas Jiles, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight chief, is nearing his 20-year mark in the Air Force. With that time in the uniform, he has had a lot of time to reflect on what it means to be an Airman. Of the many different competencies of an airman, he stressed the most important aspects of an airman are the core values instilled at the beginning of their career. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja) Airman Spotlight: Master Sgt. Nicholas Jiles
Master Sgt. Nicholas Jiles, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight chief, is nearing his 20-year mark in the Air Force. In that time, he has had a lot of time to reflect on what it means to be an Airman. A “Big-A Airman.”
0 5/17
2018
Ryan Anderson, 47th Maintenance Directorate sheet metal technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 9, 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: Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson, 47th Maintenance Directorate sheet metal technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 9, 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 5/17
2018
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-09 graduates after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 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 Marco A. Gomez) SUPT Class 18-09 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-09’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18 in Anderson Hall here.
0 5/17
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force scheduled to switch to OCP uniform
Air Force leaders announced the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by Soldiers and Airmen in combat zones and certain jobs.
0 5/15
2018
Default Air Force Logo Autopilot off, journey on
While preparing for our upcoming retirement, we’ve had the chance to look back through hundreds of old photos, each with its own memory, its own story. It made us realize how lucky our family has been. Throughout our Air Force journey, we’ve experienced opportunities and adventures that some people can only dream about.
0 5/14
2018
Airman 1st Class Inigo Garcia Cacho, 47th Operation Support Squadron host aviation resource management assistant, studies Principles of Management, a college level examination program (CLEP) which is a resource to help Airmen obtain their Community College of the Air Force degree. ‘CLEPing’ is one of numerous options available to make learning a life-long journey. For more information on professional development, call the base education office at 830-298-5520. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready) Continuum of Learning comes to Laughlin
Masoud Rasti, Air Education and Training Command business relationship manager, traveled to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas to provide a deeper understanding of how senior U.S. Air Force leaders are searching for ways they can streamline the Continuum of Learning concept, May 4, 2018. According to Rasti, training is about how Airmen are developed, yet the bigger picture is about how training and education are integrated.
0 5/09
2018
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