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XLer of the Week: Florentino Gomez
Florentino Gomez, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron geobase program manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week” of March 2, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, 47th Operations Group superintendent, is given
Laughlin maintainer recalls airshow memories
It’s almost airshow time again, and while it may be a first for some, it will bring back memories of past airshows for others. Steve Hogan, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-1A Jayhawk phase supervisor, looks forward to March 14, 2020, the day of Laughlin’s first airshow of the decade.
XL defenders tryout for San Antonio Basic SWAT course
The 47th Security Forces Squadron held tryouts Sept. 25, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, to determine which of their Airmen are selected to attend the San Antonio Basic Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) course. Tryouts consisted of a physical fitness test, a rigorous workout, a timed ruck march in full gear, and finished off with a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance marksmanship challenge.
Grow Your Own training brings couple to Laughlin’s flightline
Two Laughlin maintainers, a husband and wife team, are both a product of a different facet of the Grow Your Own Program. Grow Your Own is a program which has brought more than 300 maintainers into the 47th Maintenance Directorate throughout its 30 year history.
Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Focuses on Serving Airmen at Laughlin AFB
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor, is making it his mission to ensure Airmen and families at Laughlin Air Force Base have the products they need, whether shopping in-store or online. During his visit to Laughlin on March 26, 2019, Reyes toured Exchange facilities and met with 47th Mission Support Group Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Harper to address how the 123-year-old Department of Defense retailer can better serve Airmen.
XLer of the week: David Mercer
David Mercer, a 47th Maintenance Directorate fabrication work lead, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 21, 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.
Airman’s Spotlight: Sabrina Peña
Sabrina Peña, 47th Wing Staff Agencies violence prevention integrator, understands the pressure some feel to know things they may not know. She recalled a time soon after she began working for the U.S. Air Force when she wrote her first memorandum. Instead of understanding her lack of Air Force knowledge, her supervisor made fun of the
Laughlin cyclist returns to racing after hit and run
Albert Garcia, a controller in the 47th Operations Support Squadron, proved everyone wrong when he competed in the 208-mile No Country for Old Men ultra bicycle race Oct. 12. When Garcia got run over on his bicycle June 9, 2015 by a hit-and-run driver, it was supposed to be a day that stopped many things for him.
XLer of the Week: Gilbert Wheeler
Gilbert Wheeler, 47th Medical Support Squadron information systems flight chief, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 7, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Lucas Lobo
Airman 1st Class Lucas Lobo, 47th Medical Support Squadron outpatient records technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Oct. 15, 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.