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Laughlin held a rock concert on base Oct. 8, 2021 as a way to celebrate the hard work every single one of its members puts into making sure Team XL produces the most qualified pilots in the world. Alternative rock bands Sick Puppies, 3OH3!, and Brett Scallions of Fuel performed at the night’s concert. The three bands brought volume and energy and after no time the audience was dancing to the beats. With many of the world events that have taken place the past two years, the concert brought a kick of energy to the small training base in south Texas.
Deployment readiness and mobilization
Even on training bases, such as the Air Force pilot training hub of Laughlin in Texas, deployments are a part of military life and the pre-deployment spin-up lasts months with plenty of training and preparations. It requires a lot of planning and communication to get the logistics of it taken care of.
19th and AAFES visit to Laughlin
The Command Chief of 19th Air Force visited Laughlin Air Force Base Oct. 4-7 on a trip designed to highlight quality of life initiatives at one of the most geographically isolated bases in 19th Air Force. In addition to recognizing top performers and touring work centers, Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers visited base Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) facilities with store representatives to get a better understanding of progress needed to provide Laughlin residents a top-notch shopping experience that can be difficult to come by for some base residents.
Watching out for his Hometown: A Firefighter's Story
Every town needs someone to watch out for it but not every town is lucky enough to have their own superhero. Laughlin Air Force Base, a small military base in a sleepy border town in southwest Texas, has the next best thing: Raul Castorena.
SUPT Class 21-16 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-16 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Oct, 1, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman David Phaff)
Laughlin remembers POW/MIA
Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas host a remembrance ceremony for POW/MIA Remembrance day on Sept. 17, 2021 to pay tribute to those from past conflicts. In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. It is most
AETC on path to complete mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations
Air Education and Training Command officials continue their aggressive approach to achieving full vaccination against COVID-19 to protect personnel and their families and continue recruiting, training and educating Airmen and Guardians.
Hispanic Heritage month at Laughlin
Since the signing of the bill by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, America observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. While it may seem counterintuitive to spread a heritage month across multiple months, the mid-September start date was chosen to commemorate several pivotal moments in Latin American history. Five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, celebrate their Independence Day on the 15th. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on the 16th, and Chile on 18th.
When wounds heal, especially large ones, they scar, leaving us with the memories of the event that lead to the wound. The wounds inflicted serve as a reminder, never letting us forget what happened 20 years ago. As time has passed, generations of Airmen have joined, served, and since retired. Each of them have different views on how events of 9/11 affected them.
SUPT Class 21-15 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-15 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept, 10, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman Kailee Reynolds)