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Grow Your Own training brings couple to Laughlin’s flightline
Two Laughlin maintainers, a husband and wife team, are both a product of a different facet of the Grow Your Own Program. Grow Your Own is a program which has brought more than 300 maintainers into the 47th Maintenance Directorate throughout its 30 year history.
Laughlin cyclist returns to racing after hit and run
Albert Garcia, a controller in the 47th Operations Support Squadron, proved everyone wrong when he competed in the 208-mile No Country for Old Men ultra bicycle race Oct. 12. When Garcia got run over on his bicycle June 9, 2015 by a hit-and-run driver, it was supposed to be a day that stopped many things for him.
47th MDG Airman creates library of miniatures
Staff Sgt. Barbara Panama, 47th Medical Group uniform business office manager, inspects on of the clay miniatures on display in her office on Sept. 12, 2018 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Panama has been crafting miniatures since she was 12, and says creating things helps her focus her energy and relieves stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
Soaring to the Summit on the wings of Eagles
He was stationed at Laughlin in 2016, and by 2018, the renowned cheerleader helped make it possible for a local Del Rio, Texas, team to win a national cheerleading championship. For Maj. Owen-John Williams, 47th Medical Group Mental Health Flight commander and Amistad Eagles assistant cheerleading coach, cheerleading was a way of life since he was 15-years-old.
Determined to make a better life
Growing up in Gilroy, California, she had everything a girl could wish for: money, designer clothes and so much more. Shortly after high school graduation, her father took everything from her and kicked her to the streets.
Laughlin’s instructor pilots talk T-6 Texan II
With a primary mission of training the world’s best military pilots, Laughlin is also home to a number of the best instructor pilots the U.S. Air Force has to offer. A majority of these instructors are assigned to either the 85th Flying Training Squadron or the 434th FTS, which are together known as “T-6 Nation,” giving students their first flying experiences in the military through the T-6 Texan II.
Dragonflies, hope encourage families who serve
Once there was little girl named Anne whose friend, Hans passed away from cancer. Eleven-year-old Anne had a big heart and understood what pain Hans’ family must be suffering. Then Anne got an idea—what if she could show Hans’ family the memory of their little boy lived on?
Mental health: stronger minds, stronger mission
The mental health flight might be a unit hidden in the far corner of Laughlin’s medical group, however, this small flight of Airmen work tirelessly to ensure pilots remain in flight status, the first responders remain able to safeguard the base, and even work with active duty members’ families and civilian employees to rest-assured the mission goes on. Mental Health is one of the four pillars of comprehensive airman fitness, along with physical, social and spiritual fitness, and a critical component to a person’s well-being.
Airman's Spotlight: Capt. Chantal Mortezaee
The “Airman’s Spotlight,” is a section dedicated to showcasing Laughlin’s Airmen with a prompt they answer candidly. The Airman’s Spotlight is open to all Airmen of any rank, and is selected at random. This week’s selection is Capt. Chantal Mortezaee, 86th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot. Mortezaee discusses being a U.S. Air Force instructor pilot. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)
Laughlin fire department defends the base
After hours, when the base is quiet and everyone has gone home, it may seem as if Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, is still and empty. In all actuality, the heartbeat of the base—the mission essential troops—are still holding the fort down. The 47th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department is a key player in keeping Laughlin safe. The ‘fire dogs’ stay involved through community engagement, raising fire prevention and safety awareness, and continual training.