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XLer of the Week: Senior Airman Hernan Sandoval
Senior Airman Hernan Sandoval, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer journeyman, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of July, 9, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Soribel Rodriguez
Airman 1st Class Soribel Rodriguez, 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management and patient travel technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 23, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Airman’s Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Eduardo Castro
Tech. Sgt. Eduardo Castro, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, B-shift station captain, a native of Abilene, Texas, is subjected to stress every single day as an Airman, NCO and firefighter. “A stressor I face as a firefighter is the sheer amount of knowledge and disciplines we are trained for,” Castro said. “We are never done with our training, and it keeps us busy, giving us constant ways to grow professionally.”
SUPT Class 18-08 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend a graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-08, at 10 a.m., here, in Anderson Hall, April 27, 2018.
Explore Texas: Laughlin's nature trails
Laughlin’s unspoken gem, the on base nature trails, are green and full of flowers and wildlife, like an oasis in a land of heat and burrs. Truth be told, there are plenty of thorns and thistles near the nature trails; however, unlike the rest of the nearby wilderness there is a reliable path to follow and activities to enjoy. The nature trails, intended to provide wildlife a habitat, are located in Laughlin’s backyard and are managed by the 47th Civil Engineer Squadron and are and is open for public enjoyment.
The invisible blue line
It’s done, after two years of posturing, preparing and delaying, the Department of Defense has fully embraced a current version of Windows as its baseline workplace Operating System. From Dec 2017 to the last week of March 2018, cyber professionals on Laughlin Air Force Base, led by the Scorpions of the 47th Communications Squadron managed the upgrade and replacement of over 1,700 computers.
Airman’s Spotlight: Ralph Merscham
Every day, Laughlin maintainers work long hours with Team XL aircraft and pilots. For some, like Ralph Merscham, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 aircraft attendant, it becomes a way of life.
XLer of the week: Jesus Perez
Jesus Perez, 47th Contracting Flight contract specialist, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 26, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
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?
Laughlin safety, Union Pacific caution drivers crossing railroads
Drivers who travel Liberty Drive may have noticed a car in the vehicle resale lot that looks like a crushed soda can. After a train hits a perfectly good car, it is little better than an old soda can. Union Pacific Railroad purchased the car, hit by a train near Fort Worth, Texas, and it serves as a visual reminder that trains are in fact bigger than cars.