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Airman's Spotlight: Senior Airman Beau Cantrell
Senior Airman Beau Cantrell, a 47th Communications Squadron cyber transport systems technician, appreciates the new perspectives that the military provides him, bringing together people from all over the United States and the world. Though not every idea is a great one, every bad idea can be a launch pad for a good discussion into a great idea. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)
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)
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.
Airman's Spotlight: Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson
Chief Master Sgt. Eric Thompson, 19th Air Force command chief master sergeant, speaks at the 2018 Annual Awards Banquet held at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on January 26, 2018. Thompson told the story of 2nd Lt. Jack Laughlin, the base's namesake, and challenged Team XL Airmen to carry on the tradition of honor and legacy and valor as he also
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.
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
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
Airman’s Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Jessica Raab
Second Lieutenant Jessica Raab, 47th Force Support Squadron, community services deputy flight commander, completed her career-long goal of becoming an officer. Raab’s father was a U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, which influenced her throughout her childhood to follow in his footsteps to commission. Raab enlisted after high school for college opportunities with the goal of commissioning.
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Otis Williams III
As part of Air Education and Training Command’s “Airmen” theme for July, Staff Sgt. Otis Williams III, 47th Flying Training Wing NCO in charge of religious affairs, shares his insight into what it’s like to be part of the Airman family. When asked about what being an Airman meant to him, Williams was quick to be appreciative of the path the Air Force has put him on.