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SUPT Class 21-01 graduates
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-01 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 23, 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 Airman 1st Class David Phaff)
XLer of the week: Ruth Kelly
Ruth Kelly, 47th Comptroller Squadron lead budget analyst, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Oct. 21, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented byCol. Cary Jones, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, 47th Operations Group superintendent, is
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving can happen anywhere, even here at Laughlin Air Force Base. Base safety officials are taking the lead to ensure all Team XL personnel and families don’t become another statistic. It all starts with base personnel taking the initiative to actually focus on driving when driving and holding fellow wingmen accountable when they do the same.
F-35A demo team, A-10 demo team brief capabilities to Laughlin students
The roar of the F-35A Lightning II shook the entire flightline and everyone watching, as it soared not too far above, on Oct. 13, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Small groups of student and instructor pilots speckled far beneath, as an A-10 Thunderbolt II swooped in from the opposite direction, gracefully tilting side to side, like a deadly figure skater.
Ghanaian Airman obtains U.S. citizenship through service, trains future combat aviators
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- It was a typical sunny and hot day at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas when Airman 1st Class Gaddiel Acquaah, a 47th Operations Support Squadron aerospace physiology technician, walked outside to a surprise. A car caravan slowly, yet loudly, made its way toward the Aerospace Operational Physiology Training Unit’s building, loud patriotic music, cheers and car-honking filled the air.
Firefighters Protect Del Rio from Wildland Fire
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Firefighter’s mission objectives can be broken down into two massive aspects, saving lives and protecting property. On any given day, they never know who, what or when they have to respond. It’s safe to say these brave men and women live in the constant state of readiness and service before self.
Combat Arms keeps Laughlin Airmen sharp on weapons skills
Down a seldom used road, where one is just as likely to run into an armadillo as you are another person, one will find a building with a red warning flag waving in front. Firearm experts from the 47th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms section work tirelessly here, providing students—security forces brethren and members moving to certain duty stations or deploying—the very skills that may save lives downrange.
Hatch Act Guidelines
Service members and Department of Defense civilians represent not only themselves but also their respective service at all times. Their personal actions reflect on the branch they serve, and it's up to those members to follow the guidelines put in place by the Hatch Act.
Laughlin Heritage Corner: October
October brings cooler weather, Halloween, and a number of historical anniversaries and remembrances to Laughlin AFB! First, this year is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force’s decision to retire the F-111 Aardvark.
F-15E Strike Eagles visit Laughlin for capabilities briefing
An F-15E Strike Eagle sits on the flightline at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Sept. 23, 2020. Two teams of pilots flying the F-15E visited Laughlin from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to talk with student pilots, first assignment instructor pilots and leaders on the aircrafts’ capabilities as well as increase interaction within the