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Is it the flu or is it coronavirus?
It is easy to feel vulnerable because of news about the coronavirus outbreak. The name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. The symptoms of influenza (flu) and coronavirus infection are similar, but these two illnesses are caused by different viruses. People with the flu may jump to the conclusion that they have been exposed to COVID-19. However, it is important to keep things in perspective and avoid needless worry.
The Laughlin Heritage Corner with the 47 FTW Historian
Here at Laughlin, we started training pilots for the first time in February 1943. We had spent all summer and fall in 1942 constructing and preparing the base for occupation, and it was finally time to fly. These first classes were small and had irregular start dates, but this was the very beginning of our training mission. In these early days, we taught pilots and co-pilots how to fly bombers—WW2-era B-26 Marauders, to be precise—and these first classes lasted about four-and-a-half weeks. Over the course of World War 2, nearly 3,000 bomber pilots would graduate from Laughlin.
Always believe in yourself, the rest will follow
Ever since she was young, Airman 1st class Sahira Contreras, 47th Healthcare Operations Squadron referral management technician, saw her Dad in uniform and knew that’s the life she wanted when she was older. Her Dad always supported her goals to follow in his footsteps, so when she finished high school at age 17, her parents co-singed for her to join the U.S. Air Force.
Members of the 47th Flying Training Wing gather in anticipation to hear a guest speaker. After a brief summary of events, Maj. Joy Spillers, a 47th Medical Group administrator, begins speaking and the room falls silent in attention.
47 MDG Undergoes Medical Squadron Reform
The 47th Medical Group reorganized its squadrons, the 47th Medical Operations Squadron and the 47th Medical Support Squadron, as part of the Air Force Medical Service Medical Squadron reform, on July 15, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The 47th MDG will remain as such, but the 47th MDSS will become the 47th Healthcare Operations Squadron, and the 47th MDOS will transition to the 47th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron.
Laughlin Water Report Released
Every year Laughlin AFB is mandated by the State of Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency to publish the annual water sampling results for Laughlin AFB’s and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area’s drinking water. These reports are designed to inform the consumer what is in their drinking water at Laughlin AFB and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area. The two reports can be found on Laughlin AFB’s public website at http://www.laughlin.af.mil/. In summary, the drinking water at Laughlin AFB and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area meet all drinking water requirements set forth by the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act.
Airman's Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Jason Anderson
Technical Sergeant Jason Anderson, 47th Medical Group flight medicine NCO in charge, challenges those to turn lemons into lemonade in this edition of the Airman’s Spotlight, June 12, 2019. Anderson believes that how one reacts to their surroundings not only affects them in the short term, but how one can look at similar circumstances and life in the future.
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Sahira Contreras
Airman 1st Class Sahira Contreras, 47th Medical Support Squadron referral management technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 27, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Andrew Cruz, 47th Medical Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jose Diaz, 47th MDG superintendent, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
XLer of the Week: Senior Airman Chansol Kim
Senior Airman Chansol Kim, 47th Medical Support Squadron commander support staff, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 18, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
The 47th Dental Flight fills gaps in manning with innovation
Much of the Air Force has at one point or another experienced what it’s like to be under-manned, and the Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas 47th Medical Group Dental Clinic is no exception. When there’s a never-ending push to see how much more can be accomplished by an ever smaller team, adaptation seems to become key. The Laughlin Dental Clinic, like many agencies, is never at 100 percent manning, but they make up for that through endless innovation and teamwork.