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Cancer survivor says knowledge is power
The solid gym doors swung open, spilling the warm, Texas evening light across the Losano Fitness Center carpet. A woman with a lively step marched across the gym lobby down the hallway greeting the people she saw by name. She turned right into a room with mirrors, colorful mood lamps and a light, hardwood floor. A handful of women greeted her as they stretched and warmed up for the class.
Airman’s Spotlight: Deborah Pagan
Many shy away from handling financial issues due to complexity, and dealing with government finances can seem especially daunting. The repercussions could be severe if there is suspected fraud waste and abuse in question. That is why it is important for Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, to have a team of analysts, who oversee government purchase cardholders, how vouchers are filed and many more financial doings. Deborah Pagan, 47th Flying Training Wing Comptroller Squadron financial budget analyst, has worked five years in finance and 10 years as the 47th Operations Group resource advisor, helping Airmen sort through the financial fog of government expenses.
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Beau Cantrell
Airman 1st Class Beau Cantrell, 47th Communications Squadron cyber transport technician was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Sept. 17, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
SUPT Class 18-14 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-14’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Sept. 7, in Anderson Hall, here.
Airman’s Spotlight: Master Sgt. Shennet Camacho
Master Sgt. Shenett Camacho, 47th Flying Training Wing Command Post superintendent of command and control operations, found mentors throughout her career who helped guide her in work and in her personal life. After discovering the worth of her role in the mission as an airman 1st class, Camacho decided to make the U.S. Air Force a career, and she leaned on her role models for wisdom.
XLer of the Week: Howard Knoll
Howard Knoll, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-38C Talon Division aircraft maintenance trainer, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Aug. 20, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Respect, Connect, Correct: A Simple Mantra for Squadron Strength
In any high-performing organization, especially one dedicated to instruction or training, personal relationships and technical credibility form cornerstones to success. At every unit all-call, and upon meeting any new squadron member, I emphasize a three word mantra aimed to focus efforts on building credibility and strengthening relationships – Respect, Connect, Correct.
Airman’s Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Jessica Raab
Second Lieutenant Jessica Raab, 47th Force Support Squadron, community services deputy flight commander, completed her career-long goal of becoming an officer. Raab’s father was a U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, which influenced her throughout her childhood to follow in his footsteps to commission. Raab enlisted after high school for college opportunities with the goal of commissioning.
Air Force scheduled to switch to OCP uniform
Air Force leaders announced the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by Soldiers and Airmen in combat zones and certain jobs.
Team XL gathers to raise awareness for domestic violence
Team XL gathered to support domestic violence awareness on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 2, 2017. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Laughlin Family Advocacy is reminding people of the support available to any who find themselves a victim of domestic violence.