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XLer of the Week: Chaplain William Miller
Chaplain (1st Lt.) William Miller, a 47th Flying Training Wing chaplain, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 13, 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.
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.
Laughlin to host 2020 Fiesta of Flight Air and Space Expo
As a “thank you” for the outstanding support from Del Rio and the surrounding community, Laughlin Air Force Base will host an open house and air show, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The one day event will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team.
Airman's Spotlight: Master Sgt. Jessica Green
Master Sgt. Jessica Green, 47th Force Support Squadron wing career assistance advisor, sees it as a personal goal to help others achieve the best life possible for them. “I do this by first helping others identify what is important to them and helping them outline actions or choices that will align them with where they see themselves in the
XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Monica Kestermann
First Lt. Monica Kestermann, 86th Flying Training Squadron T-1A Jayhawk instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, for the week of March 4, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th FTW 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.
New food option opens at Laughlin's golf course
Three years ago, the pro shop at the Leaning Pines Golf Course at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, consisted of only a small market accompanying a couple of couches meant for social functions. Fast forward to March 5, 2019, the shop now consists of Bogeys, a full course kitchen and dining area serving breakfast and lunch every day of the week, including weekends.
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: Tech Sgt. Joshua Nix
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Nix, 47th Force Support Squadron NCO in charge of career development, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Feb. 18, 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.
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.