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Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief, speaks on the importance of feedback in the Air Force, July 3, 2013. "Your feedback is a critical component to making Laughlin better," Richey said. "After all we are talking about making your mission better, making your resources better and making your base better because you are Laughlin!" Importance of Feedback
The impact of feedback, both positive and negative, should not be underestimated. Every day, I talk to our Airmen – our officers, our enlisted, the hundreds of civilians, and the many family members who call Laughlin home – about their experiences here at the base. Not surprisingly, people have unpleasant experiences from time to time.
0 7/03
2018
Lt. Col. William Notbohm speaks on leadership practices necessary for overcoming obstacles as he transitions out of command at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 21, 2018. Notbohm will be moving on to the next part of his career, which is attending professional military training at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo/47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs) Commander's corner: Foul-weather leadership
Perhaps our ability to lead in difficult times is what matters most in command, or in general, leadership. Most people can probably do well in fair weather; you know the type – they show up to work on time, smile, get along with others, and report good metrics when everything is going well. But how do they (how do you) react during those seemingly intractable problems or unexpected crises?
0 6/21
2018
In this edition of the “commander’s corner,” Col. Thatcher Cardon, 47th Medical Group commander, describes how his experiences in military service and in the medical profession helped shape his definition of the term “happiness,” and how to attain or maintain a sense of such. “There are several elements to happiness but none more important, by far, than good relationships,” he said. “In my career as a doctor when people are stripped of all they have and are, on their death beds, it’s all about relationships.” Happiness is on purpose, not an accident
There are several elements to happiness but none more important, by far, than good relationships. In my career as a doctor when people are stripped of all they have and are, on their death beds, it’s all about relationships
0 6/08
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) 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
Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, opens the entry door to the T-1 Jayhawk that bears her name at her fini-flight at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 31, 2018. Pryor retired with her husband, Lt. Col. David Pryor, 96th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, the next day on the same stage they both graduated specialized undergraduate pilot training on in class 99-05. 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
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
Maj. Emmanuel Matos, 47th Communications Squadron  commander, discusses the merge from Windows 7 to Windows 10 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The Commander’s Corner gives Team XL first-hand accounts of their perspectives, and lets the commanders share their experiences. (Courtesy photo) The invisible blue line
It’s done, after two years of posturing, preparing and delaying, the Department of Defense has fully embraced a current version of Windows as its baseline workplace Operating System. From Dec 2017 to the last week of March 2018, cyber professionals on Laughlin Air Force Base, led by the Scorpions of the 47th Communications Squadron managed the upgrade and replacement of over 1,700 computers.
0 4/12
2018
Col. Brian Hinsvark, 47th Mission Support Group commander, is Laughlin’s first contributor to the Commander’s Corner. The Commander’s Corner gives Team XL first-hand accounts of their perspectives, and lets the commanders share their experiences. (Courtesy photo) When did the Air Force join you?
When did the Air Force join you? Col. Brian Hinsvark, 47th Mission Support Group commander, is Laughlin’s first contributor to the Commander’s Corner. The Commander’s Corner gives Team XL first-hand accounts of their perspectives, and lets the commanders share their experiences.
0 3/29
2018
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