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  • "The Air Force is my family and my family is the Air Force"

    For some pilots, the dream to fly begins the moment they are born. For 1st Lt. Chad Chapman, 47th Student Squadron T-38 Talon student pilot, it took a little longer for those dreams to make an appearance. “I’m the fourth generation of pilots in my family, but I didn’t always want to become a pilot,”

  • PTSD Awareness Month: AFW2 shines a light on the path to recovery

    Members of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) visited Laughlin AFB to talk about PTSD Awareness Month and demonstrate what their program has to offer from June 14 to 16, 2022.“Being able to travel to bases like Laughlin AFB and talk about our program is such a humbling experience,” said

  • 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.

  • Preparing to SOAR: An Airman's calling

    To Fly, Fight and Win may be the Air Force’s mission, but when the Airmen completing that mission achieve their own goals, the force grows stronger. The USAF provides numerous programs for career and professional development, personal and family support opportunities to make Airmen better.One of

  • BASH: keeping our pilots safe one "boom" at a time

    The Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program at Laughlin works daily to keep wildlife off of the airfield. Its purpose is to prevent possible aircraft damage, accidents and wildlife casualties.“This airfield is arguably one of the busiest in the Air Force,” said Brandon Nooner, 47th

  • Operation Cope Thaw: a pilot's chance to advance

    Airmen from Laughlin Air Force Base integrated with units from the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to begin a short-notice deployment exercise dubbed Operation Cope Thaw, which kicked off Feb. 2.

  • Laughlin and AETC: A legacy of air power

    Every year, hundreds of U.S. Air Force pilots earn their wings and embark on a journey to stake their claim in the pages of history. For 80 years, each and every pilots’ story has started from within the Air Education Training Command. Laughlin Air Force Base, one of 12 installations within the

  • SUPT Class 21-14 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-14 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug, 20, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st

  • The instructors behind virtual take off

    Over the past decade, anyone with a computer and a copy of flight simulator software has had the experience of flying over the virtual skies.The United States Air Force takes this concept to a whole new level and the simulators they use to train student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base dwarf the

  • 8/5 day the start of a new tradition

    A new tradition has been introduced into the rich mythos of Laughlin Air Force Base. August 5th will now be known as 8/5 day to celebrate our very own 85th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) more commonly called “The Tigers”. This new tradition will live on in Laughlin for as long as the historic