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LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE
Maj. Gen. Leavitt visits Laughlin once again
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – On the same day Laughlin introduces 11 new, combat ready military aviators into the ranks of the world’s greatest Air Force, Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the Air Forces Recruiting Service commander and command pilot, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. However, she didn’t come empty handed for the new aviators. This Laughlin graduate and “hometown hero” brought with her 26 years of experience that all started right here, and spanned to see her become the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter pilot and first female commander of a combat fighter wing.
Laughlin pilots take on the night skies
First Lt. Benjamin Peña, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, sits in a T-6A Texan II, preparing for takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed
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 19-21, 19-22 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 19-21 and 19-22’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Aug. 16, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Bruno Lozano, Del Rio city mayor and former U.S. Air Force security forces defender, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
Commanders Deskside update for July 2019
Watch Col. Lee Gentile and Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III answer questions on Basic House Allowance, Losano Fitness Center, Shopette gas station pumps and more on this edition of the Commanders Deskside!
XLer of the week: Juan Soriano
Juan Soriano, 47th Maintenance Directorate Plans and Scheduling work lead, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 10, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
SUPT Class 19-16 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-16’s graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m., May 31, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Col. (retired) Michael J. Lepper, former United States North American Aerospace Defense Command director of the commander’s action line, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
Airman's Spotlight: Terra Wade
Terra Wade, 47th Flying Training Wing command support staff secretary, uses theater as a way to relax after work and maintain her friendships. She and her husband both perform in the group "The Upstagers", who perform in Del Rio, Texas.
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Andrew Longaker
Staff Sgt. Andrew Longaker, a 47th Comptroller Squadron accounting technician, discusses the importance of keeping all of the Comprehensive Airman Fitness pillars strong and stable. “These pillars all rely on one another, meaning that when one pillar is weakened or destroyed, the other three pillars have to carry more weight,” Longaker said. “Eventually, one weakened pillar leads to four weakened pillars, damaging the integrity of any Airman. Lower fitness levels can eventually lead to lower energy levels and failed PT Tests, which can begin to affect the Mental & Social pillars if they go unchecked.” (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)
Bowling lanes receive new upgrades
For many Americans, the iconic images of bowling balls shooting down finely polished lanes has defined a generation and their past-times of choice. In a bid to update the game for the newest generation, the 47th Force Support Squadron recently completed upgrades to the Cactus Lanes bowling alley. The changes involve not only a modernization, but personalized and new ways to play the game.