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#TeamXL had the honor of hosting Capt. Yellin a year ago as he helped teach Laughlin's student pilots about their #ProudAirForceHeritage. Our heart goes out to his family as they mourn the loss of this icon. #LaughlinAFB #AirForceHistory #FlyFightWin #WWII #GreatestGeneration
#MerryChristmas and a #HappyNewYear from the #flightline Working ever-hard, #Laughlin’s T-1 #Jayhawk maintainers keep #StudentPilots and instructor pilots in the warm December air.
More innovative than ever, Air Education and Training Command is exploring unique #learning options to graduate its pilots. #AETC's goals are to decrease time and cost of training while optimizing the learning environment. #ContinuumofLearning #BestMilitaryPilots #AirPower #Innovation
Toby and Staff Sgt. Ethan Marquis, 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team, wish #TeamXL a #MerryChristmas and #HappyNewYear during a presence patrol to keep the base safe for the holidays.
After we honored our fallen teammate, #TeamXL had the opportunity to see a B-52 soar across the skies in #DelRio #Texas! #Laughlin #Stratofortress #B52
#Laughlin says goodbye to Capt Paul J. "Stuck" Barbour and honored him with an aerial salute -- a nickel on the grass! "An exceptional aviator with a true passion for flying." #TeamXL #DelRio #AirForce
Last week we experienced a tragic event that has affected our entire community. As we continue to share our condolences with family and friends of our fallen teammate, the men and women of #TeamXL are joining our Commander, Col. Charlie Velino, and base leadership at a memorial service honoring Capt. Paul J. "Stuck" Barbour. The service will take place tomorrow, Dec. 1.
As we continue to train the next generation of combat pilots, we'll remain dedicated to our wing's mission! We're #TeamXL and our traditions are impacting the #AirForce.
Capt. Paul J. Barbour, 32, was the air crew flight equipment flight commander with the 47th Operations Support Squadron and an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron. He was from Van Nuys, Calif., and is survived by his spouse, mother, father and sister. Barbour was an exceptional aviator with a true passion for flying. While his memory lives on with us, our hearts go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Capt. Barbour. #GoneButNeverForgotten #YourMemoryWillLiveOn
The members involved in the T-38 Talon crash from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 20, 2017 have been identified. The deceased, Capt. Paul J. Barbour, 32, was the air crew flight equipment flight commander with the 47th Operations Support Squadron and an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron. He was from Van Nuys, Calif., and is survived by his spouse, mother, father and sister. Injured was Capt. Joshua Hammervold, an instructor pilot for the 87th FTS. He was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. He was released on Tuesday and is in good condition. “Tragic events like this are difficult for everyone – family, friends, co-workers, supervisors and our entire Air Force,” said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “Every day, our pilots take a risk as they step into the cockpit, and every day they operate with the utmost skill, professionalism and dedication to train the next generation of flying Airmen and to ensure the safety of this great nation.” The crash occurred at around 4 p.m. approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas. The cause of the accident is under investigation. “Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to support the investigation and prevent future incidents,” said Velino.
Words can’t express the true feeling that the members of Team XL feel as we grieve through the loss of one of our teammates. Due to our next of kin notification policies, we are unable to release the name of our fallen Airman at this time, but I can assure you that our number one priority is making sure that our service members and loved ones are taken care of and provided the proper services to get through this difficult time. After extensive reflection, we decided to suspend flying for today and tomorrow, leading into a previously-scheduled holiday break. The Air Force is a close-knit family, and the loss of one of our own affects all of us. Please take a moment to look to your left and right, and if your teammates are struggling, assist in any way you can. You have resources--our chaplains and mental health professionals stand at the ready to support all of Team XL in this time of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family and friends of our injured pilot who was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center. Every day, our pilots take a risk as they step into the cockpit; even though we do not know what each day will bring, we are consistently reminded of the sacrifices that they make to ensure the safety of this great nation and to train the next generation of flying Airmen. The Air Force is working alongside local authorities on the scene. We are committed to conducting a thorough investigation of the events. I express my deepest condolences to the family of our fallen pilot from yesterday’s events. Here at Laughlin, we share in the sorrow felt by loved ones, but we must not forget the valuable contribution to our country and the impact on our organization. I guarantee you we are doing everything we can to investigate what happened and ways to prevent future incidents. - Colonel Charlie Velino 47th Flying Training Wing, commander
Due to the recent T-38 Talon tragedy, which resulted in the terrible loss of one Airman, as well as the injury of another, Laughlin Air Force Base has suspended flying operations through the Thanksgiving weekend. "Our community has suffered the irreplaceable loss of one of our pilots," said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. "The immediate concern is to provide support and love to his family, friends and colleagues. Our Airmen and their families are incredibly important to us and our top priority. For now, we will focus inward to make sure that our base community rallies around those who are suffering and need our support." "During this Thanksgiving season, there is value in remembering the debt that we all owe to the brave men and women who serve in the military," said Velino. " The pilots who train at this base are truly the tip of the spear in securing our national defense, and we are gateful for their choice to serve in that pivotal capacity." Additional details will be provided as they become available. All questions should be directed to the Public Affairs office at 830-298-5262. #T38 #NeverForgotten # LaughlinAFB
One pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center when an Air Force T-38 talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at around 4 p.m. today approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas. Laughlin and local emergency responders are on scene. The names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification. A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident. "Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen," said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. "We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security." Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. Questions should be directed to the public affairs office at 830-298-5262.
An Air Force T-38 Talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at approximately 4 p.m. today approximately 14 miles northwest of the base near Spur 454 and U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas. At the time of release, Laughlin emergency response personnel and local responders were on scene to assist in recovery efforts. A board of officers will investigate the accident. Additional details will be provided as information becomes available.
Talk about a #ThrowbackThursday! A P-51 Mustang trotted onto #Laughlin earlier today to attend Class 18-02’s graduation. Here’s a look at one of the Air Force’s most iconic aircraft. #DelRio #WWII #Mustang #TeamXL
Team XL, Here's an update regarding the official opening of #Laughlin's West Gate. To better serve our community, the official opening has now been delayed until TX DOT completes construction on loop 79. See the official announcement for more details!
#TeamXL, Are you ready for the new WEST GATE! Starting Dec. 1 #Laughlin will be operating from its newly designed gate. The base's North Gate entrance, on HWY 90, will be closed. Please see the attached release for further information.
Have you ever seen all our Heritage and FAIP aircraft in one place??? Name each squadron! 👇 https://t.co/q4EVviC5Ql
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” - Franklin… https://t.co/TaLHe7cOPP
🚨It’s happening!🚨 https://t.co/Bz30Gz7GWg
What does #AAPI heritage month mean these outstanding instructor pilots?? Capt. Racca and his wingmen gave us som… https://t.co/sBOr3x9Br6
RT @cmsaf_official: A long awaited day... See attached DoD mask guidance. Be advised this is applicable to DoD personnel who are fully vac…
RT @CDCgov: DYK? Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to get a #COVID19 vaccine. Have your family #SleeveUp 💪 for their vaccine as s…
CONGRATS! This weeks XLer is TSgt Martez Lowery. Read more about him below: ⬇️ https://t.co/gSK0wbwUe3
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Check out a story on our Mental Health team below. 🙌 Read more here: https://t.co/Q3AJuLkNUJ
Thunderstorms expected to roll in tonight starting at 4! https://t.co/Mpg84woxBs
RT @AETCommand: A six-ship dissimilar formation consisting of two T-1A Jayhawks, two T-38 Talons, and two T-6A Texan II aircrafts from @Lau
Birds of a feather.🪶🪶 https://t.co/nAGgZDsP4o
Breaking News: #Spouses Unite for Laughlin Flights! #SpouseAppreciationDay https://t.co/nYl05mko3L
Special shout out from Lt Col Arthur and Lt Col Arthur! https://t.co/hgiW9kkqm5
Annnnd we’re off! Today we celebrate and honor our amazing #militaryspouses! Stay with us today for updates! https://t.co/NdAZx3q1Em
RT @TXAVGEEK: Awesome flybys by @LaughlinAFB this weekend at the Wings Over South Texas Airshow in Corpus Christi!! #T38Talon #airshow #usa
RT @AETCommand: Since a little boy 2nd Lt. Mark Gonzalez, a student pilot @LaughlinAFB & Del Rio native, wanted to be an astronaut. His fat…
Team XL performed at the Wings Over South Texas air show this weekend in Corpus Christi. Flying alongside teams l… https://t.co/ibnv305eVP
RT @usairforce: .@GenCQBrownJr and @cmsaf_official discuss the best ways to help Airmen's talent to bloom. #Airmen #Questions #Talent http…
Off we go to Wings Over South Texas! Team XL is on our way to Corpus Christi in a 6-Ship Formation Flight showcasin… https://t.co/St1sCHTX04
⛈ Team, SEVERE thunderstorm warning tonight. ⛈ https://t.co/WdPmp4s77V