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  • Hurricane exercise takes Katrina lessons to heart

    Commanders here took lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to heart Wednesday issuing an order to account for personnel--not only active duty military, Air Force civilian employees and contractors, but also their family members. Air Education and Training Command today conducted a no-notice exercise, "Blow Torch 06," testing its ability to respond
  • PMEL techs have to sweat small stuff

    When it comes to testing equipment, if something takes a measurement, it most likely has to be calibrated at one time or another itself. And if it takes a measurement on Laughlin, it has to be calibrated by the precision measurement equipment laboratory. The PMEL, in the words of Senior Airman Frederick Keese, is a group of people who work together
  • When Laughlin is in my rearview mirror...

    It is hard for me to believe, but I am rapidly closing in on my final days here at Laughlin. It seems like just yesterday, Col. Teresa Daniell handed me the flag of the most "Excellent" 47th Mission Support Squadron. I remember saying to the squadron my focus would be providing the personal touch for our customers and having fun while we do it. I
  • For first time, former Laughlin aircraft maintainer's name posthumously stenciled on T-38C Talon for one year 'ride'

    Laughlin honored a former aircraft maintainer in a posthumous dedication ceremony Aug. 11. Steven E. Beinke's name was stenciled on a T-38 Talon aircraft to honor his more than 20 years of dedicated service to Laughlin's flying training mission. His name will now "ride" with the jet for a year. According to Laughlin historian records, this is the
  • Mexico travel restrictions further eased

    Col. Mike Minahan, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, has further eased travel restrictions to Mexico. Effective immediately, Laughlin Air Force Base military members may once again travel to and remain in Mexico until 1:30 a.m. when they must be back on American soil. However, Airmen under the age of 26 must be back at 8 p.m. unless they first
  • GRAND OPENING -- Commander, congressman dedicate wing headquarters

    Congressman Henry Bonilla joined Laughlin Air Force Base's 47th Flying Training Wing Commander Col. Mike Minahan in cutting the ribbon from the new wing headquarters building Monday. A T-38 Talon flyover marked the ceremony, and afterward, both Colonel Minahan and Congressman Bonilla addressed the crowd of more than 100, including many community
  • Laughlin Rising 6 volunteer for PIE

    More than 20 volunteers from around base assembled Saturday at the Child Development Center and Fiesta Center here for a Partners in Education event. The Laughlin Rising 6 is an organization comprised of Air Force members from the ranks of airman basic to technical sergeant. They assembled cabinets, cleared out supply closets, built walkers and a
  • 81-04 Laughlin UPT Grads return to their roots

    Members of Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 81-04 and their families returned to their roots Monday for their 25th reunion. The former Air Force pilots toured Laughlin facilities and rode T-38 simulators as part of their visit. Many in the group queried each other throughout the visit, "Do you remember when we used to..." One couple requested to
  • Laughlin major competes in 433-mile race through Utah's rugged terrain

    Shannon Phares, a 37-year-old Air Force major, enjoys running, hiking, backpacking and paddling--showing as much by competing in the 2006 Laughlin Adventure Race in May. Never content, late June saw her crushing out a 433-mile Primal Quest race in the rugged terrain of Utah."This was my fifth expedition-length adventure race," Major Phares, 47th
  • Hero's welcome held for returnees

    Laughlin Air Force Base honored more than 100 Airmen who have returned from deployments over the past fiscal year with a special homecoming celebration here Oct. 13. Several hundred people turned out for the event, which was organized by the base's Services Division, and Airman and Family Readiness Flight. Festivities included entertainment for