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Surprise promotion for health care administrator
It’s not every day an Airman comes to work, only to receive an immediate promotion to their next rank. In fact, only about 100 standout Airmen earn the right to do so. One of those is the 47th Medical Group’s Tech. Sgt. Nicole Rogers, an office manager for the family health and flight medicine offices, who promoted from staff sergeant thanks to the Air Force’s Stripes for Exceptional Performers program.
XLer of the week: Maj. (Dr.) Phong Ngo
Maj. (Dr.) Phong Ngo, 47th Medical Operations Squadron family medicine physician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Sept. 10, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Commander’s Corner: Get out there and go get it!
An obvious trait I see in successful people is their ability to recognize opportunity and act on it. Success usually doesn’t come by sitting back and waiting for it to come to you. Opportunity may present itself Being in a leadership position in the Air Force has allowed me to watch opportunity play out. Some people look at an opportunity and watch it fly right by and wonder later why nothing good ever happens to them. Other people pounce when opportunity shows itself. to you or you may have to seek it out, but once it comes, you have to have the fortitude to seize it and do something with it.
XLer of the week: Capt. Tiffany Sykes
Capt. Tiffany Sykes, 47th Flying Training Wing assistant staff judge advocate, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Sept. 4, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
47th MDG Airman creates library of miniatures
Staff Sgt. Barbara Panama, 47th Medical Group uniform business office manager, inspects on of the clay miniatures on display in her office on Sept. 12, 2018 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Panama has been crafting miniatures since she was 12, and says creating things helps her focus her energy and relieves stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
Look, Listen and Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
The 47th Civil Engineers Squadron’s fire emergency services flight strives to provide the most comprehensive fire emergency services support possible to the 47th Flying Training Wing. The fire prevention office is part of that comprehensive service. Our mission is to keep people and facilities safe from fire through public education programs and fire prevention visits.
Airman’s Spotlight: Senior Master Sgt. John Penland
Since the inception of the modern cyberspace and subsequent concepts of cyber warfare, the U.S. Air Force has led the charge in defense of this domain for the United States. It’s a domain that the 47th Communications Squadron’s superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. John Penland, has suited up in ABUs and defended for more than 20 years. From picking up the telephone to assist a customer in setting up their email inbox, to setting up wireless access points in remote, hostile territory, one could say Penland has seen and accomplished a lot.
SUPT Class 18-14 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-14’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Sept. 7, in Anderson Hall, here.
Commander's Corner: Doors of Opportunity
I am often asked, “Chief, what was the secret to your many achievements throughout your career?” To which I would respond with, “doors of opportunity,” which is not a secret. Former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor has been quoted saying that one of the keys to being successful is to take advantage of the opportunities when they come along. This is exactly what I was able to do, and the main reason that I joined the Air Force.
Laughlin participates in Scarlet Hawk 18-05 exercise
For the Department of Defense, one of the biggest threats to security is on the inside: an active shooter that’s trained, willing and able to open fire on fellow service members. The scenario was the subject of a base wide exercise as part of Scarlet Hawk 18-05, Thursday, Aug. 23, when an Airman, playing the part of a disgruntled military member, walked into Club XL and hypothetically changed the course of Laughlin history forever.