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  • 86th FTS leads future Air Force pilots to fly heavies

    If you’re flying a heavy in the Air Force, chances are you trained in the T-1A Jayhawk with the 86th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The 86th FTS creates the best mobility pilots in the Air Force, and when they’re called back to carry on the mission, they bring experiences from previous assignments and numerous aircraft to the classroom--and the cockpit.
  • Twelve selected for E-7 at Laughlin AFB

    Twelve technical sergeants from the 47th Flying Training Wing were selected for promotion to master sergeant, officials announced July 16. The Airmen were among 4,649 technical sergeants selected for promotion across the Air Force, representing 20.86 percent of the 22,286 eligible.
  • 47th Civil Engineer Squadron Change of Command

    Lt. Col. Marc Johansen, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, addresses the 47 CES during his assumption of command on July 13, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He and his family were last stationed at Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as engineer division chief at Special Operations Command in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
  • 47th Contracting Flight Change of Command

    Maj. Aaron Velasco, 47th Contracting Flight commander, and his wife, Jackie, pose for a photo after the change of command July 10, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The Velasco family hails from San Antonio, where he was a flight commander in at Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)
  • SUPT Class 20-18 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-18 is set to graduate after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July 10, 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)
  • Laughlin AFB updates HPCON

    LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas— Due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the local area, the 47th Flying Training Wing Commander, Colonel Lee Gentile, has directed the base transition to Health Protection Condition Charlie (HPCON C). This action is necessary to better protect the health of our people and continue the vital DoD mission we
  • First FAIP flagship unveiled at Laughlin AFB

    On an overcast and humid morning, a gaggle of instructor pilots--most of them wearing a black flag patch identifying them as first assignment instructor pilots--gathered on the flightline in front of the closed doors of Hangar II along with members from the 47th Maintenance Directorate and the corrosion control team. A high-pitched constant ringing cut the atmosphere as the hangar doors slowly opened, revealing the 87th Flying Training Squadron’s FAIP flagship.
  • Laughlin Heritage Corner: July

    Happy birthday, Laughlin! This month we celebrate our 78th year as a base: The installation that would become Laughlin AFB was officially established as an Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School under the Army Air Corps, Central Flying Training Command, on 2 July 1942.
  • 47th Medical Group Virtual Change of Command

    Colonel Andrew Cruz passed command of the XL medics to Col. Christine Stabile, 47th Medical Group commander, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 26, 2020. The 47th MDG held their change of command online to accommodate for COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force video by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Carpenter)
  • 87th Flying Training Squadron Aerial Change of Command

    Lt. Col. Gregory Moulton passes command of the 87th Flying Training Squadron to Lt. Col. Michael Palik, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 4, 2020. (U.S> Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja)