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Airpower Starts Here
Commander’s Expectations: You are the expert!
Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, will share his 12 expectations over the course of the next few months in a series of graphics. This week, Gentile talks about how he empowers the hard workers of Team XL by supporting and entrusting Airmen to excel in their respective jobs. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Marco A.
SUPT classes 19-19, 19-20 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 19-19 and 19-20’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., July 26, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Brig. Gen. (retired) James Mackey, Air Combat Command assistant to director of operations, will be the guest speaker.
XLer of the week: Pepper Barrera
Pepper Barrera, 47th Medical Group utilization and case manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 22, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
One of Col Gentile’s 2019 focus areas for our wing is strengthening relationships. He has asked each member of Team XL to bolster relationships with our families, friends, and the Airman around us to include our subordinates, our peers, and our bosses. Upon hearing this focus area, I was reminded of an enduring lesson in leadership and life: relationships matter. Relationships matter because they form the foundation of success. This is especially true here at Laughlin. Building combat-ready pilots is a team sport that requires the contribution of many. No one accomplishes our mission alone. Instead, strong relationships enable mission success.
Airman’s Spotlight: Frank Ochello
Frank Ochello, 47th Operations Group T-6A Texan II simulator instructor pilot, has been serving as a simulation instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, for 16 years. Impressed by each and every student who graduates with their wings, Ochello believes there are no short cuts to becoming an Air Force pilot. “These students are truly the cream
Airman's Spotlight: Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson
Chief Master Sgt. Eric Thompson, 19th Air Force command chief master sergeant, speaks at the 2018 Annual Awards Banquet held at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on January 26, 2018. Thompson told the story of 2nd Lt. Jack Laughlin, the base's namesake, and challenged Team XL Airmen to carry on the tradition of honor and legacy and valor as he also
The 47th AOPTU prepares student pilots to land a career in flight
2nd Lt. Eric Wiggins and other student pilots from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 20-05 practice their parachute landing falls, Jan. 17, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. They used two and four foot platforms to jump from, and when they fell, they practiced making 5 points of contact during the roll. According to instructors,
Airman’s Spotlight: Master Sgt. Shennet Camacho
Master Sgt. Shenett Camacho, 47th Flying Training Wing Command Post superintendent of command and control operations, found mentors throughout her career who helped guide her in work and in her personal life. After discovering the worth of her role in the mission as an airman 1st class, Camacho decided to make the U.S. Air Force a career, and she leaned on her role models for wisdom.
SUPT Class 18-13 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-13’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, in Anderson Hall, here.
Airman’s Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Jessica Raab
Second Lieutenant Jessica Raab, 47th Force Support Squadron, community services deputy flight commander, completed her career-long goal of becoming an officer. Raab’s father was a U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, which influenced her throughout her childhood to follow in his footsteps to commission. Raab enlisted after high school for college opportunities with the goal of commissioning.