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  • Putting our problems in perspective: visual reminders

    If you’ve ever visited my office, you’ll notice that I have a framed photograph hanging rather prominently on my back wall. The picture is of an Air Force Honor Guard member, diligently standing guard over two flag-draped caskets in the back of a C-17. This picture serves as a reminder of one of the most important jobs I have ever held in the Air Force.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Master Sgt. Christopher Smith Jr.

    Master Sgt. Christopher Smith Jr., 47th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, was assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, directly after his military training instructor assignment at Air Force Basic Military Training. As an MTI, he enjoyed being able to take an Airman who was on the fence or not quite cutting it, and set them on
  • XLer of the week: 2nd Lt. Zachary Diehl

    Second Lt. Zachary Diehl, 47th Operations Support Squadron airfield operations officer, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 30, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 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: Aliyah Negley

    Aliyah Negley, 47th Flying Training Wing community support coordinator, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, for the week of Feb. 7, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th FTW commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
  • Airman Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler

    Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, said February, recognized as African American Heritage Month, gives him a chance to reflect on his heritage and be proud of the progress America has made.
  • Bowling lanes receive new upgrades

    For many Americans, the iconic images of bowling balls shooting down finely polished lanes has defined a generation and their past-times of choice. In a bid to update the game for the newest generation, the 47th Force Support Squadron recently completed upgrades to the Cactus Lanes bowling alley. The changes involve not only a modernization, but personalized and new ways to play the game.
  • Search for Initiative and Ownership

    When Gen. David Goldfein became Chief of Staff of the Air Force in mid-2016, he called squadrons the “beating heart” of the service and promised his first year as chief would focus on revitalizing the squadron, as the core-fighting unit of the Air Force. Now, with this new focus, it’s critical for one to dig deeper to discover the root of this shift in mindset— generating initiative and ownership.
  • Laughlin Annual Awards 2018

    Laughlin gathered its best and brightest to celebrate the 2018 Annual Awards Ceremony, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2019.
  • Airman's Spotlight: Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson

    Chief Master Sgt. Eric Thompson, 19th Air Force command chief master sergeant, speaks at the 2018 Annual Awards Banquet held at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on January 26, 2018. Thompson told the story of 2nd Lt. Jack Laughlin, the base's namesake, and challenged Team XL Airmen to carry on the tradition of honor and legacy and valor as he also
  • XLer of the week: David Mercer

    David Mercer, a 47th Maintenance Directorate fabrication work lead, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 21, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
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