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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.
Cooking with the commander
What talents are you blessed with? What hobbies do you love? How about sharing those with our Airmen? My husband, Chris, and I would often see Airmen in the commissary with only frozen pizza, chips and soda in their shopping carts. We would occasionally stop and chat with them about healthier options. The responses we received back were typically: “I don’t know how to cook.” We took this as an opportunity to share our gifts with our Airmen.
47th MDG Airman creates library of miniatures
Staff Sgt. Barbara Panama, 47th Medical Group uniform business office manager, inspects on of the clay miniatures on display in her office on Sept. 12, 2018 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Panama has been crafting miniatures since she was 12, and says creating things helps her focus her energy and relieves stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
Soaring to the Summit on the wings of Eagles
He was stationed at Laughlin in 2016, and by 2018, the renowned cheerleader helped make it possible for a local Del Rio, Texas, team to win a national cheerleading championship. For Maj. Owen-John Williams, 47th Medical Group Mental Health Flight commander and Amistad Eagles assistant cheerleading coach, cheerleading was a way of life since he was 15-years-old.
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Savaiano-Calderon
Staff Sgt. Stephanie Savaiano-Calderon, 47th Medical Operations Squadron Dental Clinic oral prevetive assistant, is trained to provide patients with oral health education and information as well as the basic elements of preventive care. Savaiano-Calderon’s hope is that the overall quality of the work she and her team accomplish in the clinic, will