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Laughlin Air Force Base: The Base of Choice

Laughlin AFB plaza and towerSituated in the Del Rio, TX metropolitan area on the US-Mexican border, Laughlin AFB is the Air Force's premier pilot training institution and home to one of the busiest airfields in the world. Over 2,000 airmen and civilians work for the 47th Flying Training Wing on the sunny banks of the Rio Grande. With a mild year-round climate, easy access to San Antonio, and a friendly local community, Laughlin is a well-kept secret: a great place to work and live.
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Lake Amistad from Diablo East Marina     Spanish for "friendship," the Amistad reservoir spans 65,000 acres on the border between Mexico and the United States. The reservoir, which is operated by the National Park Service, offers visitors fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, and scuba diving. Reserved especially for Air Force members is the Southwinds marina and recreation area, managed by Laughlin AFB personnel.

For more information, see:
National Park Service -- Amistad Recreaton Area 
Laughlin AFB Services


Band of the West Trumpeter at Paul Poag      Owned and operated by the City of Del Rio, the Paul Poag theatre hosts live performances and shows classic movies. The Upstagers, local volunteer actors, produce musicals and dramas at Paul Poag each season. On the first Friday of each month, the theatre and the rest of the city celebrate the First Friday Art Walk, giving local artists an outlet for their work.
For more information, see: City of Del Rio

Ciudad Acuna at night     Ciudad Acuña, a city of 200,000, is located directly across the border from Del Rio. The Del Rio-Acuña border area has exceptionally good relations and is known in Spanish as "Tierra de la Amistad," "The Land of Friendship." Acuña, as seen in the films Kill Bill Vol. II, Desperado, and No Country for Old Men, is a place where Laughlin members can get an excellent meal, shop, and experience a friendly culture.

For more information, see:
Information on Travel to Mexico
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MSgt Whittington
"I like that it's a small town, a small base. Everybody knows everybody. As a Shirt, I have everyone's personal phone numbers...Also, I spent all weekend at the lake again."
--Master Sergeant Jimmy Whittington

SrA Zheng
"I have a lot of interaction with my peers and leadership. Here, you get to learn more about your job because it's a smaller unit. And it's so organized that it doesn't even seem hectic. I'm working on my degree, and it's easier because I work a standard shift here, giving me time to study."
--Senior Airman Boya Zheng

Capt Barta
"People you meet here are much closer family than at a large base. There's better quality of life. Everyone lives close to each other, so going to someone's house on a weekend is a easy. And if you need to go to a big city, you're still pretty close."
--Captain Jason Barta

 Inside Laughlin

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Del Rio City Hall Ext
The Del Rio City Hall.


Governor's Landing with Bridge
Springtime swimmers at Governor's Landing.

Sailing Ship at Diablo East Marina
A sailboat docked at Diablo East Marina.

Texas vegetation: prickly pear cacti and flowering brush.
Texas vegetation: flowering scrub and prickly pear cacti.

Flightline sunrise
The Laughlin flightline at sunrise.

T-38
The T-38 Talon, a Laughlin aircraft.
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