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  • Maintaining the last line of safety

    U.S. Air Force pilots put their lives on the line everyday as they take their seats in the cockpit of any aircraft. As with all missions, there is always potential for the unexpected. That’s why having that last lifeline: the ejection seat, is absolutely crucial.

  • XLer of the week: Mark Crosby

    Mark Crosby, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of July 27, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert L.

  • Laughlin maintainer recalls airshow memories

    It’s almost airshow time again, and while it may be a first for some, it will bring back memories of past airshows for others.Steve Hogan, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-1A Jayhawk phase supervisor, looks forward to March 14, 2020, the day of Laughlin’s first airshow of the decade.

  • Built to spec, made with care

    The U.S. Air Force uses a diverse array of aircraft to complete a wide variety of specialty missions for the U.S. Department of Defense. Even as powerful as these aircraft are, at the end of the day, they are still machinery that need to be repaired.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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