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Putting our problems in perspective: visual reminders
If you’ve ever visited my office, you’ll notice that I have a framed photograph hanging rather prominently on my back wall. The picture is of an Air Force Honor Guard member, diligently standing guard over two flag-draped caskets in the back of a C-17. This picture serves as a reminder of one of the most important jobs I have ever held in the Air Force.
Airman’s Spotlight: Master Sgt. Christopher Smith Jr.
Master Sgt. Christopher Smith Jr., 47th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, was assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, directly after his military training instructor assignment at Air Force Basic Military Training. As an MTI, he enjoyed being able to take an Airman who was on the fence or not quite cutting it, and set them on
Search for Initiative and Ownership
When Gen. David Goldfein became Chief of Staff of the Air Force in mid-2016, he called squadrons the “beating heart” of the service and promised his first year as chief would focus on revitalizing the squadron, as the core-fighting unit of the Air Force. Now, with this new focus, it’s critical for one to dig deeper to discover the root of this shift in mindset— generating initiative and ownership.
The 47th AOPTU prepares student pilots to land a career in flight
2nd Lt. Eric Wiggins and other student pilots from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 20-05 practice their parachute landing falls, Jan. 17, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. They used two and four foot platforms to jump from, and when they fell, they practiced making 5 points of contact during the roll. According to instructors,
SUPT class 19-04, 19-05 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-04 and 19-05’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Jan. 25, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Retired Lt. Col Phillip Carson, whose last assignment was the Deputy Chief of Safety for Pacific Air Forces, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
Laughlin community renames STEM school after Vietnam veteran
Community and base members gathered to dedicate the Science Technology Engineering Mechanics elementary school to Roberto (Bobby) Barrera at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Jan. 18, 2019. Barrera, an educator, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, and a community member whose sacrifice for his country was great, gave his name to the school and spoke about his life experience and his will to live and do good.
Airman's Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Justin Najarian
For inbound enlisted Airmen coming to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from either technical training or from another base, living in the dormitory for most is more than an option—it’s a requirement. To change the perception of living in the dorms, Staff Sgt. Justin Najarian, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen Dorm Leader, works day-in and day-out with the residents, the dorm council and base leadership to improve the quality of life for the dorm residents on base
XLer of the Week: Master Sgt. Debra Johnson
Master Sgt. Debra Johnson, 47th Logistics Readiness Flight material management and traffic management contracting officer representative, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Laughlin Airmen earn Air Force level awards
Four of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas' Airmen, military and civilian, earned various awards across Air Education and Training Command and the U.S. Air Force in late 2018.
Airman’s Spotlight: Sabrina Peña
Sabrina Peña, 47th Wing Staff Agencies violence prevention integrator, understands the pressure some feel to know things they may not know. She recalled a time soon after she began working for the U.S. Air Force when she wrote her first memorandum. Instead of understanding her lack of Air Force knowledge, her supervisor made fun of the