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  • Airman’s Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Janine White

    In a bid to enhance the leadership of students enrolled in the specialized undergraduate pilot training program, the 47th Student Squadron recently made Tech. Sgt. Janine White, the 47th Operations Support Squadron radar and weather systems NCO in-charge, the STUS’ first sergeant—a new position itself.
  • XLer of the Week: 1st Lt. Kimberly Bray

    1st Lt. Kimberly Bray, 434th Flying Training Squadron T-6A instructor pilot and flight scheduler, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 8, 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.
  • Airman's Spotlight: Anthony Gennaro

    Anthony Gennaro, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy director, was chosen to become the deputy director for the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in June. Check out his insight in this edition of the Airman's Spotlight!
  • Relationships matter

    One of Col Gentile’s 2019 focus areas for our wing is strengthening relationships. He has asked each member of Team XL to bolster relationships with our families, friends, and the Airman around us to include our subordinates, our peers, and our bosses. Upon hearing this focus area, I was reminded of an enduring lesson in leadership and life: relationships matter. Relationships matter because they form the foundation of success. This is especially true here at Laughlin. Building combat-ready pilots is a team sport that requires the contribution of many. No one accomplishes our mission alone. Instead, strong relationships enable mission success.
  • XLer of the week: Rene Sanchez

    Rene Sanchez, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, for the week of April 1, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
  • Chief Zackery joins Team XL

    Chief Master Sgt. Robert L. Zackery III, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief master sergeant, is one of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas’, newest leaders, and he is excited to be working with the members of Team XL. Being a Tactical Air Control Party (TAC-P), and having deployed and lived with the U.S. Army, U.S Navy and coalition countries, Zackery brings a diverse array of combat, joint and international experience to the table for the 47th Flying Training Wing.
  • Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Focuses on Serving Airmen at Laughlin AFB

    Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor, is making it his mission to ensure Airmen and families at Laughlin Air Force Base have the products they need, whether shopping in-store or online. During his visit to Laughlin on March 26, 2019, Reyes toured Exchange facilities and met with 47th Mission Support Group Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Harper to address how the 123-year-old Department of Defense retailer can better serve Airmen.
  • Leadership: how hard can it be?

    Charles Webb III, 47th Maintenance Directorate director, asks if leaders born or if they are taught, and he believes there are expert opinions supporting both ideas. He says just because one’s mom or dad made it to the rank of general doesn’t mean they’ve got the natural leadership ability to make a good general, but he points out the Air Force feels strongly that leaders can be created.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Frank Ochello

    Frank Ochello, 47th Operations Group T-6A Texan II simulator instructor pilot, has been serving as a simulation instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, for 16 years. Impressed by each and every student who graduates with their wings, Ochello believes there are no short cuts to becoming an Air Force pilot. “These students are truly the cream
  • Leaders in air, space and parachutes

    Airmen from the 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight have gone geospatial. Well – kind of. On March 26, 2019, Tommy Sondag and Staff Sgt. Jake Strait, 47th OSS aircrew flight equipment parachute technicians, made their way east to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, America’s hub for human spaceflight training, to share what they know about packing T-38 Talon parachutes.
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