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  • AETC command chief visits Team XL

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, command chief for Air Education and Training Command, was welcomed by Team XL during an immersion visit Jan. 22, 2024.This was his first visit to the 47th Flying Training Wing since becoming the AETC command chief.

  • RPP application process open through Dec. 9

    Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted Airmen who are interested in becoming rated officers can apply for the Spring 2024 Air Force Rated Preparatory Program now through Dec. 9, 2023.

  • 20th Fighter Wing immerses FAIPs in combat mission

    In an effort to connect Air Education and Training Command First Assignment Instructor Pilots with the Combat Air Force’s mission, FAIPs from flying training wings visited the 20th Fighter Wing Nov. 1-4.

  • Laughlin and AETC: A legacy of air power

    Every year, hundreds of U.S. Air Force pilots earn their wings and embark on a journey to stake their claim in the pages of history. For 80 years, each and every pilots’ story has started from within the Air Education Training Command. Laughlin Air Force Base, one of 12 installations within the

  • Mustache March - Roots Deeper Than Facial Hair

    It’s March and Air Force members are donning bulletproof mustaches exponentially. Their newly acquired face armor is more visible than Liberty Mutual commercials.If you’ve spent more than two weeks in the military, you know that growing a furry lip ornament is one way to commemorate the iconic Brig.

  • How Many Black Pilots Do You Know?

    “I’m the only black Lieutenant Colonel pilot on this base,” says Julián “Diesel” Benton, 47th Operations Group deputy commander. “It’s important for student pilots to see me. Just last week, I was speaking a foreign language with a student, and at the end of that conversation, the student says ‘I

  • Airman Takes on Former AFSC to Unload Emergency Supplies

    How does a Religious Affairs Airman end up unloading emergency supplies off a C-130? Not by mistake.On Feb. 21, 2021, a C-130 Hercules from the 136th Airlift Wing in Fort Worth, Texas landed on Laughlin's flight line. The aircraft delivered emergency bottled water to Del Rio, Texas in response to a

  • Laughlin Helps Region Get Water

    An unprecedented storm dubbed Winter Storm Yuri, blew through southwest this past week, leaving Del Rio, Texas, a small border town on the ropes with many of its residents without electricity and little, if any, running water.

  • Where Airpower Begins...

    A T-6A Texan II aircraft from the 434th Flying Training Squadron assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, fly a training mission June 25, 2020. The 434th FTS along with the 85th Flying Training Squadron, conduct primary flight training in the T-6A Texan II as part of the Specialized Undergraduate

  • When it Rains it Pours, So Have an Umbrella

    Over the last few months, there has been a global paradigm shift in the world we know. Initially, information trickled like a leaky 10-year old faucet, and it was manageable. As the situation evolved and became dire, the once bothersome leak transformed into full-blown water cannon, blasting all of