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Operation XL Junior Deployers come to Laughlin
The Operation XL Junior Deployment, hosted Nov. 2, 2019, provided children of military members an opportunity to have a glimpse at what their family members do during deployments and how they prepare to perform the Air Force mission.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.