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8/5 day the start of a new tradition
A new tradition has been introduced into the rich mythos of Laughlin Air Force Base. August 5th will now be known as 8/5 day to celebrate our very own 85th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) more commonly called “The Tigers”. This new tradition will live on in Laughlin for as long as the historic squadron claims it as home. “We are starting a tradition,” exclaimed Lt. Col. Brian Tripp, 85th FTS commander. “Every year has 8/5 and why not honor the Tigers that day, celebrate our heritage, really get some morale going, and just get a lot of flying in!” The competition will pit instructor pilot against instructor pilot as they fly in two events. The first being a low level flight based on how long it takes to reach the arrival time. The second event, an emergency procedure competition, focuses on the air speed and distance the pilot can land.
SUPT Class 21-13 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-13 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July, 30, 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)
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.
Laughlin Heritage Corner July
July, named by and after Julius Caesar, begins the second half of the year and is often associated with renewal or even second chances. July is also one of the year’s hottest months in the northern hemisphere, and that is true for Laughlin and the surrounding area. Throughout the base’s 79-year history, July has seen Laughlin through heat and change as it continues to be one of the most consistently successful pilot production engines in the world.
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.
Pride month panel
Members of Laughlin Air Force Base host an open panel for pride month on June, 17, 2021. The panel was to raise awareness for service members in the LGBTQ+ community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman first class David Phaff)
How to combat moving shortage through PCS season
With shortages caused though the Air Force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so members have had trouble with moving to their next base. From April 15th to, 269 members have gotten counseling and organized moves into or out of Laughlin Air Force Base. The biggest hardship members have are the desired date of moving not being available or mover no-shows. The Traffic Management Office (TMO) has faced some difficulties as well like as last minute entitlements counseling, members not being flexible with dates and the movement window shifting from seven to 14 days.
SUPT Class 21-11 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-11 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Jun. 18, 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)