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  • 87 FTS: 100 years in the making

    One of the oldest squadrons in the Air Force celebrates its centennial
  • 87th FTS celebrates 100 years of excellence

    One of the U.S. Air Force’s oldest flying squadrons celebrates its 100th anniversary at Laughlin Air Force Base, Aug. 18, 2017.
  • Laughlin takes part in the celebration of AETC’s 75 years

    Laughlin’s role in the Air Force and Air Education and Training Command has been one of adventure and rich history, going back to its establishment in March 3, 1943.
  • 2018 Open House announced

    As a thank you for the outstanding support of Del Rio and the surrounding community, Laughlin Air Force Base is hosting an open house May 12, 2018.
  • Honored in stone

    Carved into stone are the names of 22 individuals. Each was a pilot who served their country in the skies over Southeast Asia, and each paid the ultimate price, but another fact unites them: they were all instructor pilots here at Laughlin.The Laughlin Heritage Foundation in Del Rio, Texas, and Laughlin have spent almost two years crafting a
  • Memories of the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Laughlin

    The year was 1957, and a young company grade officer, Lieutenant Buck A. Young, was setting up residence in the mobile home park across Highway 90 from Laughlin Air Force Base, when he was suddenly ordered to come off leave to attend the Base Commander's staff meeting. In his memoirs, he recounts how officials at Laughlin that year were speeding up
  • Maj. Gen. Prather honored with street renaming

    Laughlin pays tribute to a former Team XL member by renaming a street in his honor during a retreat ceremony held at Laughlin's Heritage Park Sept. 7.The street, formally known as Freedom Way, was changed to Prather Street in reference to retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Prather for his dedication to Laughlin and the Del Rio community."As we look back over
  • 434th Fighter Training Squadron re-designated

    In a rare ceremony full of history and rich military tradition, Laughlin's 84th flying training squadron was inactivated on Aug. 24, and the 434th FTS was re-designated in its place.The move resulted from a reorganization of the Air Force's Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals course. After steps were taken to consolidate the IFF course at Randolph
  • Daughters remember first African American senior enlisted advisor

    Laughlin and members of the local community joined together in celebrating the achievements of the fourth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Thomas Barnes in a ceremony renaming Second Street here in his honor June 25.Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart, Air Force Personnel Center commander, and attending the ceremony as guests
  • 47th MX: Gives an old bird a lift

    Since the founding of Laughlin in the midst of World War II, numerous aircraft have taken flight from the base's flight line. Over the years, more than 15,000 pilots have trained here. Now, resting on display for those who live and work here are the static images representing the birds and pilots that once soared through Laughlin's sky. Over the