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  • Laughlin grooms civilian leaders with ALS opportunity

    Airman Leadership School is a five-week course that teaches junior enlisted Airmen leadership, management, and duties of the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer tier. Earlier this year, the opportunity arose for civilians to take the course, the 47th Maintenance Directorate at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, wasted no time sending five civil service maintainers. Five maintainers were part of ALS class 19-F, and learned how to be a better leader and civil servant, but also how they fit into the total force concept.
  • XLer of the Week: Ken Simon

    Ken Simon, the 47th Maintenance Directorate chief contracting office representative, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the week” of Aug. 29, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
  • 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.
  • Leadership: how hard can it be?

    Charles Webb III, 47th Maintenance Directorate director, asks if leaders born or if they are taught, and he believes there are expert opinions supporting both ideas. He says just because one’s mom or dad made it to the rank of general doesn’t mean they’ve got the natural leadership ability to make a good general, but he points out the Air Force feels strongly that leaders can be created.
  • 47th Maintenance Directorate has first annual awards

    Annual awards ceremonies celebrating the hard work and dedication of their members are a military staple across the Department of Defense. However, the 47th Maintenance Directorate at Laughlin Air Force Base never had one until March 9, 2019, when they celebrated their very first of what is scheduled to be a recurring annual ceremony.
  • XLer of the week: Joshua Sandoval

    Joshua Sandoval, 47th Maintenance Directorate aerospace ground equipment repair technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Feb. 25, 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.
  • Airman's Spotlight: Rusty Thompson

    Rusty Thompson, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-38C Talon crew chief, knows what it means to serve, having been in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War and in Somalia, and coming from a family in the service. Now a crew chief for the 47th Maintenance Directorate, he passes on his excitement, expertise and experience to the next generation of multi-domain combat aviators training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
  • 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.
  • XLer of the Week: Patty Soto

    Patty Soto, 47th Maintenance Directorate lead supply technician and approving official, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Oct. 29, 2018, 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: Howard Knoll

    Howard Knoll, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-38C Talon Division aircraft maintenance trainer, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Aug. 20, 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.
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