LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Walking into a maintenance hangar enjoys an atmosphere different than anywhere else at Laughlin, and it’s one that some XL members don’t get a chance to experience.
It is an atmosphere that embodies “work hard, play hard,” in its own way. Climate control is substituted with the coming and going of the seasons, however fist-bumps and friendly banter are year-round.
Alvaro Constancio, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II maintainer, has been a part of that environment since 2001, as a product of the “Grow Your Own” program, and said he’s happy to be there.
“I knew the program was a good way to get my foot in the door,” Constancio said. “I started out on the flightline, launching aircraft one after another and finally made my way to phase, where we actually get to repair aircraft.”
Constancio said that a good amount of his counterparts have also been part of the team for a comparable amount of time. He, along with the rest of the 47th Maintenance Directorate’s hard work, translates directly to Laughlin being able to complete its mission.
“I was one of the ones who started from the bottom and worked my way up,” he said. “I stayed here because it’s a workplace that I enjoy, and I get to see something new every day.”