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  • Taking Family on the Flight Line to a New Level

    The T-6 Texan II launches more than 150 times per day at Laughlin, but Tuesday’s launch was pretty special, as more than 25 maintainers stopped what they were doing to watch a lieutenant take to the skies in a military aircraft for the first time.Tuesday morning, 2nd Lt. Mark Gonzalez, a student

  • SUPT Class 21-08 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-08 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Apr. 16, 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

  • XLer of the week: Ms. Brittany Molzon

    Brittany Molzon, 47th Maintenance Directorate power support systems work leader, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Apr. 16, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief

  • Laughlin Heritage Corner with the 47 FTW Historian

    April is often considered a month connected to rebirth and change, and for Laughlin Air Force Base, that certainly holds true. Throughout the base’s history, April has ushered in multiple major mission-impacting reorganizational events and even has forced Laughlin to contend with something else

  • Student pilot competes for pilot wings, pageant crown

    Second Lt. Sarena Shilts is competing for two accolades this year: her silver pilot wings, and the Miss Texas USA crown."I'm attracted to pageantry for similar reasons I'm attracted to being an Air Force pilot," Shilts said. "The two worlds seem to contradict, but there are actually many parallels

  • Laughlin's 47th Student Squadron serves Del Rio in STUS Serve Day

    First Lt. Ryan Connors, 47th Student Squadron student pilot assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, scans the scenic San Felipe Creek for debris to clear during STUS Serve Day on April 10, 2021, in Del Rio. More than 500 volunteers from base focused on revitalizing the San Felipe Amphitheater,

  • Eight U.S. Congressmen experience Laughlin's mission

    Col. Craig Prather briefs eight Congressmen about the mission here as they ride accross base on April 8, 2021 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. U.S. Representatives Tony Gonzales, Jim Banks, Kelly Armstrong, Kevin Ray Hern, Ashley Hinson, Chris Jacobs, Victoria Spartz and Lloyd Smucker visited the

  • The Werner Family: serving together while apart

    One of the biggest challenges that uniformed service members from any branch have to face is the separation from loved ones. We’ve all had those moments where we had to be away from friends and family for extended amounts of time. Imagine being stationed away from your loved ones, and coming back

  • Instructor Pilots Reflect on Women’s History Month

    “A wise woman once told me, ‘In aviation, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female—you’re a flyer,” said Major Jamie Van Neste, T-6 Texan II Instructor Pilot. “Your gender doesn’t change that ability…and your aircraft can’t tell the difference.”

  • XLer of the week: Mr. Alberto Ramirez

    Mr. Alberto Ramirez, 47th Maintenance Directorate power support systems work leader, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Mar. 31, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and