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  • XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Zachary Turek

    First Lt. Zachary Turek, 86th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, Sept. 2, 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.
  • Vacation Bible School equips military children with spiritual fitness

    The wing chapel team held a Vacation Bible School for families of Laughlin Air Force Base Texas, through the week of July 8, 2019. Vacation Bible School was a week for children of Team XL children to build team skills, resiliency, have fun and learn more about their faith.
  • An assistant SECAF and 19th Air Force commander listen to Laughlin

    John Henderson, assistant Secretary of the Air Force for installations environment and energy, and Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, discuss possible problem solutions with senior leadership at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July 15, 2019. While walking through Anderson Hall the group discussed pilot production increase, innovation
  • Grow Your Own training brings couple to Laughlin’s flightline

    Two Laughlin maintainers, a husband and wife team, are both a product of a different facet of the Grow Your Own Program. Grow Your Own is a program which has brought more than 300 maintainers into the 47th Maintenance Directorate throughout its 30 year history.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Lt. Col. Gentry Mobley

    Lt. Col. Gentry Mobley, 85th Flying Training Squadron commander, pointed out the world of U.S. Air Force pilot training is going through once-in-a-lifetime changes. “When I went through pilot training, I graduated with 200 hours of flying,” said Mobley. “Students now graduate with about 120 hours. The question is how we leverage technology to
  • SUPT Class 19-10 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-10’s graduation ceremony at 9 a.m., May 31, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Col. (retired) Carl W. Rahn, 618th Air Operations Center director of operations, will be the guest speaker.
  • Laughlin observes its own for Memorial Day

    “It’s been a tough 18 months for Team XL,” said Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, as he contemplated the wing’s preparation for a memorial service for 2nd Lt. Kristofer Saenz, who was killed in a car accident May 18, 2019. “We’ve lost four vital members in about 18 months. That is never easy for a small wing like ours to handle,” he said.
  • XLer of the Week: Scott Baker

    Scott Baker, 47th Communications Squadron telecommunications manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of April 29, 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.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Monet Gaston-Crevelle

    Airman 1st Class Monet Gaston-Crevelle, 47th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician, says when she sees her teammates, she also tries to envision herself in their shoes. She finds this helps her be more considerate of them rather than focused on herself. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Anne McCready)
  • Benjamin Rawald named Air Force Military Child of the Year

    Nominated twice before, Benjamin Rawald from Del Rio, Texas, was named the 2019 Air Force Military Child of the Year Award. Benjamin, a 17-year-old junior, has dedicated years of effort with the Boy Scouts of America, which has brought him to the attention of the community and the nation.
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