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  • Laughlin pilots honor families of CBP lost to COVID-19 with flag flight

    First Lt. April Wilcox, 85th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, Maj. Camber Governski, 96th FTS T-6A Texan II chief pilot, and 1st Lt. Will Friedman 85th FTS A-flight scheduler, pose in front of a T-6 on Aug. 14, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, with the flags they are to fly for the families of the U.S. Customs and Border
  • Female aviators at Laughlin bond through mentorship group

    As of 2020, the Air Force pilot careerfield is made up of approximately 93.5 percent men and only 6.5 percent women, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. With the encouragement of Lt. Col. Libby Music, 47th Student Squadron director of operations, Capt. Melany Delgado, 47th Student Squadron I-flight class commander and instructor pilot, took the initiative to address the gender disparity and revitalized Laughlin’s Female Aviator Mentorship Group.
  • Public Health visits simulator building, makes COVID-19 prevention recommendations

    Cap. Susan Ching, 47th Flying Training Wing public health and emergency officer, explains possible measures to prevent COVID-19 in the simulation building to Jim DeReus, 47th Operations Group T-6 lead civilian simulator instructor, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 5, 2020. The Center for Disease Control says taking these precautions are the
  • Laughlin Airmen use first aid, save family

    During one ordinary shift, two Laughlin Airmen stumbled upon a frightening situation in which they had to apply the life-saving skills they’d rehearsed each year. It was around 2 a.m., June 26, 2020 and Senior Airman Christopher Beckett and Senior Airman Logan Sando, 47th Operations Support Squadron radar airfield and weather systems (RAWS) technicians, were on duty. The two began their dead-of-night shift like all the rest: with a cup of coffee and a mission to accomplish.
  • Laughlin Heritage Corner: August

    This August we remember two major historical anniversaries. First, this month marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The war, which had ended in Europe with the defeat of Nazi Germany back in May, finally concluded in the Pacific after the U.S.A. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
  • XLer of week: Capt. Brian McGovern

    Capt. Brian McGovern, 47th Student Squadron transition flight commander, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of August 3, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert L. Zackery III, 47th FTW command
  • SUPT classes 20-20, 20-21 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-20 and 20-21 are set to graduate after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 8, 2020. Laughlin is the home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)
  • XLer of the week: Mark Crosby

    Mark Crosby, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of July 27, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert L. Zackery III, 47th FTW command chief master
  • Col. Craig D. Prather takes command of Team XL

    Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, passes the guidon to Col. Craig D. Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, during the virtual wing change of command ceremony at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July 31, 2020. Prather takes command after serving as the commander of the 1st Joint Special Operations Air Component at Fort Bragg,
  • Col. Lee Gentile bids farewell to Laughlin AFB

    On July 17, 2020, after nearly two years serving at ‘the base on the border’, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, stood in the T-6A Texan II locker room preparing for his final flight as a part of Team XL. The bittersweet feeling of finishing an era started to creep up as he gathered his gear. Fastening his g-suit, he took his emotions and neatly stored them in a box for later. Right then, he had a job to accomplish.
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