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Command philosophy: professionalism, mission, balance
Professionalism, Mission, and Balance are key components of my command philosophy. These are components that I feel are crucial for mission success, the health of the force, longevity, personal satisfaction, and personal drive.
XLer of the week: Pepper Barrera
Pepper Barrera, 47th Medical Group utilization and case manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 22, 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.
Benjamin Rawald named Air Force Military Child of the Year
Nominated twice before, Benjamin Rawald from Del Rio, Texas, was named the 2019 Air Force Military Child of the Year Award. Benjamin, a 17-year-old junior, has dedicated years of effort with the Boy Scouts of America, which has brought him to the attention of the community and the nation.
Defensor Fortis: XL Defenders hold the line
Laughlin's Defenders trekked through the base’s farthest corners, fighting off a simulated enemy with their sights set on sharpening their tactics as a unit at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. They changed up the tempo with an exercise that challenged their tactics, teamwork and physical fitness.
SUPT Classes 19-08 and 19-09 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 19-08 and 19-09 graduate after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 19, 2019. Laughlin is the home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to train the next generation of multi-domain combat aviators, deploy mission-ready warriors and develop professional, confident leaders. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez)
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!
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.