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Hispanic Heritage month at Laughlin
Since the signing of the bill by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, America observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. While it may seem counterintuitive to spread a heritage month across multiple months, the mid-September start date was chosen to commemorate several pivotal moments in Latin American history. Five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, celebrate their Independence Day on the 15th. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on the 16th, and Chile on 18th.
When wounds heal, especially large ones, they scar, leaving us with the memories of the event that lead to the wound. The wounds inflicted serve as a reminder, never letting us forget what happened 20 years ago. As time has passed, generations of Airmen have joined, served, and since retired. Each of them have different views on how events of 9/11 affected them.
SUPT Class 21-15 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-15 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept, 10, 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 Kailee Reynolds)
Herschel Walker visits Laughlin Air Force Base
Team XL had the pleasure to host retired professional athlete Herschel Walker, best known for his football legacy. The renowned competitor visited Laughlin Air Force Base on Aug. 18th, 2021 to discuss mental health resilience and the importance of self-care. Mr. Walker uses his own mental health journey to eliminate the stigma attached to asking for help when necessary before it is too late. Mental health issues have plagued a number of those who served in the armed forces. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 6,435 veterans took their own lives in 2018.
SUPT Class 21-14 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-14 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug, 20, 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 Class David Phaff)
The instructors behind virtual take off
Over the past decade, anyone with a computer and a copy of flight simulator software has had the experience of flying over the virtual skies. The United States Air Force takes this concept to a whole new level and the simulators they use to train student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base dwarf the at-home versions. These monstrous contraptions even mirror the layout of the aircraft down to the smallest detail.
New 86th Flying Training Squadron Heritage Tail
The 86th Flying Training Squadron showed off their new heritage tail on August 13, 2021 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Dollar Ride: First Flight to Wings
To a pilot, few things are as nerve wracking as the first time they climb into a cockpit and fly a plane. But boy is that dollar ride memorable. “I’m definitely nervous,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Ugale 47th Student Squadron student pilot before his first flight, “A little bit of anxiety, but definitely excited.”
8/5 day the start of a new tradition
A new tradition has been introduced into the rich mythos of Laughlin Air Force Base. August 5th will now be known as 8/5 day to celebrate our very own 85th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) more commonly called “The Tigers”. This new tradition will live on in Laughlin for as long as the historic squadron claims it as home. “We are starting a tradition,” exclaimed Lt. Col. Brian Tripp, 85th FTS commander. “Every year has 8/5 and why not honor the Tigers that day, celebrate our heritage, really get some morale going, and just get a lot of flying in!” The competition will pit instructor pilot against instructor pilot as they fly in two events. The first being a low level flight based on how long it takes to reach the arrival time. The second event, an emergency procedure competition, focuses on the air speed and distance the pilot can land.
SUPT Class 21-13 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-13 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July, 30, 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 Class David Phaff)