Wingmanship + Diversity = A regular day at Laughlin AFB

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  • By Airman 1st Class David Phaff
  • 47th Flying training Wing public affairs

Pilots  from all over the globe are trained at bases like Laughlin Air Force Base and to learn skills and knowledge to increase interoperability between our allied countries. They not only learn how to become pilots, but share their culture with US student pilots and instructors, while bringing new ideas to the table.  

“The partnerships we build with international training will be the cornerstone of our diversity,”  said 1st Lieutenant Taylor Boylan, 47th Flying Training Wing instructor pilot. “As such, I say to every international student that they are all exceptional diplomats; what they do here matters. Thank you for all of your hard work."

This particular event was to highlight the importance of accepting religious plurality and how diversity strengthens the fabric of a nation. All in all, the event is to introduce international students to the areas and communities in which our families live and work, and spend our leisure time, while participating in a cultural event.

One student pilot from Saudi Arabia appreciates what Laughlin is doing to bring different cultures together.

“At events like this you can share the cultures and your vibe, share your messages to the world,” said 2nd Lt. Fahad Alotaibi Saudi Arabia pilot.” “You get to go past the stereotypes and just be able to communicate with other people from other countries and backgrounds.”

 Thousands of international military and civilian students and military-sponsored visitors from over 140 countries come to the U.S. every year to receive education and training under these programs. Legislators and higher leadership recognized the extraordinarily unique opportunity the military services have through daily face-to-face contact with students to advance peace worldwide. 

Instructors that teach these students strongly support the program and what it stands for. They’re proud to do their part to strengthen relationships with our allied countries.

“The more we enhance cross-cultural competency of the force, they build international partnerships, Boylan said. “That's why it's so important to work with our international students.”