LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Members of Laughlin Air Force Base, the city of Del Rio, Val Verde County, and the state of Texas joined together to cut the ribbon for the Defense Control Center at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 26, 2017.
The DCC, which is operated by the 47th Security Forces Squadron, houses a state-of-the-art method for securing Laughlin and its Airmen. The safety that this center provides to our SFS brings a peace of mind that Col. Thomas Shank, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, expressed throughout his speech.
“Protecting our military assets, service members, and families is our number one priority,” said Shank. “This facility will allow our security forces personnel the opportunity to execute their job to the utmost degree.”
Not only does it secure the assets inside Laughlin, but it also secures a long-held relationship between Laughlin and the city of Del Rio. It’s the same communal relationship that Mr. Robert Garza, the mayor of Del Rio, highlighted.
“This center is the physical embodiment of the cooperation [between] the chamber, city, base, and many others,” said Garza. “What happens to Laughlin affects Del Rio, and what happens to Del Rio affects Laughlin.”
The DCC is a $4.5 million project that was initiated in November 2015. Efrain Valdez, the Val Verde County judge, recognized that this project was a community affair.
“I can tell you that it took a lot of people to get this project done. It took the community, business people, city and county,” said Valdez. “I can tell you, if for any reason the Air Force is looking at bringing another wing here, we’re ready for it.”
With the establishment of the DCC, Laughlin will not only secure its Airmen and assets, but will secure its relationship with community partners, which will aid in the longevity of the base.