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  • Birdwatchers flock to Laughlin

    Recently, Team XL opened its gates to the Birding the Border festival, a birdwatching event hosted by Texas A&M that takes place each spring in Val Verde and Kinney counties, Texas.

  • The dedication of Defenders, K-9 partners

    It was a transformative moment in military history when the Army initiated training for its pioneering War Dog Program, commonly referred to as the "K-9 Corps." This groundbreaking development, according to American Humane Society, marked the inaugural inclusion of Military Working Dogs (MWD) within

  • Chaudhary celebrates AANHPI month with Team XL, tours installation

    The 47th Flying Training Wing welcomed The Honorable Ravi Chaudhary, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment as the keynote speaker for the celebratory Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander luncheon, May 31, 2023.

  • Community wins $4M grant for Laughlin

    Val Verde County government was awarded two grants on Laughlin Air Force Base’s behalf Monday morning. The grant will fund $2,465,447 for new airfield lighting, making the airfield safer. The T-1 fleet will get a dozen new sunshades, creating a better work environment for maintainers, and protecting

  • Texas Senator visits Laughlin

    The 47th Flying Training Wing hosted Senator Ted Cruz during a visit to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 20, 2020.

  • Lifelong supporters of Team XL

    Bill Cauthorn, lifelong honorary commander, receives a custom Laughlin belt buckle from Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 15, 2019. Cauthorn is the CEO of The Bank and Trust, and has been a lifelong supporter of Laughlin Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force

  • Independence Day Flyover

    Members from Laughlin Air Force Base and Del Rio, Texas, watch a formation of T-6 Texan II aircraft fly over the Dr. Arturo Gutierrez Amphitheater by the San Felipe Creek in Del Rio, July 4, 2019. The city of Del Rio and Laughlin Air Force Base joined forces to celebrate the Fourth of July with

  • Laughlin Provides Sonora Flood Relief

    Second Lieutenant Steven Rapphun, 47th Student Squadron student pilot awaiting training, helps remove a flood-damaged refrigerator from a Sonora, Texas, home, Sept. 27, 2018. Laughlin Air Force Base Airmen took leave to travel to Sonora to assist with donations and with flood damage, which was

  • A larger community in the making

    Nearly two years ago, a series of storms with 60 mph winds dropped golf ball-sized hail, which severely damaged roofs, vehicles, siding and fences at Laughlin. Now, Laughlin Family Housing has recovered all of the units and is at 99 percent occupancy.Even through difficult times, the family housing