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  • SUPT classes 19-21, 19-22 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 19-21 and 19-22’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Aug. 16, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Bruno Lozano, Del Rio city mayor and former U.S. Air Force security forces defender, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
  • SUPT Classes 19-17 and 19-18 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 19-17 and 19-18’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., June 28, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander and former 47th Operations Group commander, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
  • CAP Cadets converge on Laughlin

    Twenty-eight high school Civil Air Patrol students from across America converged on Laughlin June 8 through 15 to get a first-hand course in pilot training. CAP is the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership including people from all backgrounds, lifestyles and occupations.
  • 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.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Frank Ochello

    Frank Ochello, 47th Operations Group T-6A Texan II simulator instructor pilot, has been serving as a simulation instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, for 16 years. Impressed by each and every student who graduates with their wings, Ochello believes there are no short cuts to becoming an Air Force pilot. “These students are truly the cream
  • SUPT Class 19-07 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-07’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., March 15, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Col. Jaron Roux, Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow serving with Accenture Federal Services, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
  • 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,
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