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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
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.
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)
Herschel Walker visits Laughlin Air Force Base
Team XL had the pleasure to host retired professional athlete Herschel Walker, best known for his football legacy. The renowned competitor visited Laughlin Air Force Base on Aug. 18th, 2021 to discuss mental health resilience and the importance of self-care. Mr. Walker uses his own mental health journey to eliminate the stigma attached to asking for help when necessary before it is too late. Mental health issues have plagued a number of those who served in the armed forces. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 6,435 veterans took their own lives in 2018.
SUPT Class 21-14 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-14 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug, 20, 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 1st Class David Phaff)
The instructors behind virtual take off
Over the past decade, anyone with a computer and a copy of flight simulator software has had the experience of flying over the virtual skies. The United States Air Force takes this concept to a whole new level and the simulators they use to train student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base dwarf the at-home versions. These monstrous contraptions even mirror the layout of the aircraft down to the smallest detail.
Laughlin Switches Main Gate
Laughlin’s residents and employees will be making adjustments to their daily commutes after the West Gate closed July 17, 2021 to allow for construction to get underway on several site upgrades on our gate infrastructure. Base access is limited to the North Gate for the duration of the project which is expected to last up to 60 days.
SUPT Class 21-12 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-12 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July, 9, 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 1st Class David Phaff)
Juneteenth National Independence Day, as of June 17, 2021, was signed into law by President Joe Biden as a federal holiday that recognizes the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas after the surrender of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. During this historical moment, Union general Gordon Granger informed the people of their freedom and the end of the Civil War with the issue of the General Order No. 3.
Arrest of tutor
Yesterday June 17th 2021, there was an arrest of a tutor assigned to the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District’s Roberto “Bobby” Barrera Elementary School, located on Laughlin AFB. We are working closely with the school district and the Department of Homeland Security who is leading the on-going investigation. We have made all of our law enforcement capabilities available to the school district and investigators.