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We Are Laughlin
Laughlin’s commissary is essential to the mission
Not many customers interact with their store cashier and think their job is as crucial as a paramedic’s, firefighter’s or police officer’s. As it turns out, they are. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Defense announced on March 25 that all Defense Commissary Agency operations, including the commissary at Laughlin Air Force Base, are mission-critical.
Laughlin recognizes Women’s History Month
Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, signed a Women’s History Month proclamation, here on March 4, 2020. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Laughlin instructor pilots accepted as foreign area officers
Two instructor pilots, Maj. Will Smith, 47th Operations Group chief of training, and Capt. Andrew Campbell, 47th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, were selected to become foreign affairs officers. The U.S. Air Force has countless jobs, many of which are technically focused, such as security forces, medical technicians and air traffic controllers. However, every once in a while, the Air Force has opportunities for Airmen to break the mold and take on a different type of duties.
Exercise Ready Eagle expands skills of Laughlin AFB medics
The 47th Medical Group pushed their abilities in the first Ready Eagle exercise at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on the week of Jan.13, 2020. The week-long exercise taught, coached and tested the newly-learned skills the Ready Eagle team brought to the 47th MDG.
Connectedness: Key to organizational success
Connection is a basic human need that serves as a foundation for organizational success. This concept allows members to foster trust and security, which are essential for personal buy-in to the organization. In our recent resiliency tactical pause, some raised concerns over their inability to connect with students. This sentiment was echoed by a group of instructor pilots, who also sited connection as a major obstacle. This directly impacts our vision to sustaining the most professional pilot training organization to which we aspire. Whether in a classroom or work center, connection is the catalyst to success.
Walk with the Chief
47th Flying Training Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III talks to a crowd of Airmen before beginning the 5-kilometer “Walk with the Chief” ruck at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 30, 2019. Approximately 30 members of Team XL came out in the early hours on Monday morning to increase their deployment readiness and have an
Commander’s Expectations: Readiness
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 stresses the importance of being prepared to answer any call our nation might need. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)
SUPT class 19-25 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-25 graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Sept. 27, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service commander, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Zachary Turek
First Lt. Zachary Turek, 86th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, Sept. 2, 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.
XLer of the Week: Alfred Jones
Alfred Jones, 47th Logistics Readiness Flight installation transportation officer and contracting officer representative, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, Aug. 19, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Harper, 47th Mission Support Group superintendent, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.