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One of Col Gentile’s 2019 focus areas for our wing is strengthening relationships. He has asked each member of Team XL to bolster relationships with our families, friends, and the Airman around us to include our subordinates, our peers, and our bosses. Upon hearing this focus area, I was reminded of an enduring lesson in leadership and life: relationships matter. Relationships matter because they form the foundation of success. This is especially true here at Laughlin. Building combat-ready pilots is a team sport that requires the contribution of many. No one accomplishes our mission alone. Instead, strong relationships enable mission success.
Chief Zackery joins Team XL
Chief Master Sgt. Robert L. Zackery III, 47th Flying Training Wing command chief master sergeant, is one of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas’, newest leaders, and he is excited to be working with the members of Team XL. Being a Tactical Air Control Party (TAC-P), and having deployed and lived with the U.S. Army, U.S Navy and coalition countries, Zackery brings a diverse array of combat, joint and international experience to the table for the 47th Flying Training Wing.
XLer of the week: Alejandro Alvarado
Alejandro Alvarado, 47th Contracting Flight contracting officer, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, for the week of March 25, 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.
Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor Focuses on Serving Airmen at Laughlin AFB
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor, is making it his mission to ensure Airmen and families at Laughlin Air Force Base have the products they need, whether shopping in-store or online. During his visit to Laughlin on March 26, 2019, Reyes toured Exchange facilities and met with 47th Mission Support Group Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Harper to address how the 123-year-old Department of Defense retailer can better serve Airmen.
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.
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.
Laughlin Airmen steal the show at ALS
Six Laughlin Airmen out of a class of 13 graduated Airman Leadership School at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, completed the course Feb. 14, 2019, and finished above standard.