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A T-6A Texan II aircraft from the 434th Flying Training Squadron assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, fly a training mission June 25, 2020. The 434th FTS along with the 85th Flying Training Squadron, conduct primary flight training in the T-6A Texan II as part of the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program. (U.S. Air Force photo by
XLer of the week: Victor Waters
Victor Waters, 47th Force Support Squadron outdoor recreation and Southwinds Marina manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of June 15, 2020, 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
Laughlin Honor Guard assists with Congressman Johnson’s final goodbye
The Dyess Air Force Base honor guard program manager, reached out to me unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 regarding assistance for active duty military funeral honors for U.S. Congressman, retired Col. Samuel Robert Johnson, former prisoner of war and prior Thunderbird pilot. Johnson was a decorated fighter pilot in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The colonel was shot down in North Vietnam, suffering a broken arm and broken back. He was captured as a POW and endured torture and solitary confinement for nearly seven years. He was released in Operation Homecoming and returned to the U.S. The veteran went on to give 28 more years in service in the Texas House of Representatives.
Laughlin CC, CCC discuss racial injustice with members
Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief, led a series of discussions about racial injustices within our nation at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 10, 2020.
XLer of the Week Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Nelligan
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Nelligan, 47th Healthcare Operations Squadron NCO in charge of radiology services, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of June 8, 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
Laughlin Heritage Corner: June
Seventy years ago this month—on 25 June 1950—North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, and it is notable for us here at Laughlin Air Force Base for two reasons in particular:
SUPT class 20-16 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-16 is set to graduate after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 12, 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 Anne McCready)
Local area expanded to San Antonio, San Angelo, Big Bend National Park
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Effective June 8, 2020, the local area for Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, is now expanded to include San Antonio, San Angelo and Big Bend National Park, announced Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, today at Laughlin.
Child Development Center at Laughlin AFB takes measures to prevent COVID-19
The team at the Laughlin Child Development Center have always had their hands full, charged with the welfare of the base’s youth. The week of June 1, 2020, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, returned to Health Protection Level Bravo, which means operations as normal for the base although still with precautions.
XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Dale Hupe
First Lt. Dale Hupe, 87th Flying Training Squadron flight standardization and evaluation monitor/instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, the week of May 26, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin