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Airman's Spotlight: Anthony Gennaro
Anthony Gennaro, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy director, was chosen to become the deputy director for the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in June. Check out his insight in this edition of the Airman's Spotlight!
Leadership: how hard can it be?
Charles Webb III, 47th Maintenance Directorate director, asks if leaders born or if they are taught, and he believes there are expert opinions supporting both ideas. He says just because one’s mom or dad made it to the rank of general doesn’t mean they’ve got the natural leadership ability to make a good general, but he points out the Air Force feels strongly that leaders can be created.
XLer of the Week: Senior Airman Chansol Kim
Senior Airman Chansol Kim, 47th Medical Support Squadron commander support staff, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 18, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Airman’s Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Victoria Friend
For Airman 1st Class Victoria Friend, being an entry controller with the 47th Security Forces Squadron means many things: securing the people and property of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, while providing professionalism, integrity, and compassion to those driving up to Laughlin’s gate.
XLer of the Week: Chaplain William Miller
Chaplain (1st Lt.) William Miller, a 47th Flying Training Wing chaplain, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 13, 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.
47th Maintenance Directorate has first annual awards
Annual awards ceremonies celebrating the hard work and dedication of their members are a military staple across the Department of Defense. However, the 47th Maintenance Directorate at Laughlin Air Force Base never had one until March 9, 2019, when they celebrated their very first of what is scheduled to be a recurring annual ceremony.
New food option opens at Laughlin's golf course
Three years ago, the pro shop at the Leaning Pines Golf Course at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, consisted of only a small market accompanying a couple of couches meant for social functions. Fast forward to March 5, 2019, the shop now consists of Bogeys, a full course kitchen and dining area serving breakfast and lunch every day of the week, including weekends.
Airman's Spotlight: Rusty Thompson
Rusty Thompson, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-38C Talon crew chief, knows what it means to serve, having been in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War and in Somalia, and coming from a family in the service. Now a crew chief for the 47th Maintenance Directorate, he passes on his excitement, expertise and experience to the next generation of multi-domain combat aviators training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
XLer of the Week: Tech Sgt. Joshua Nix
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Nix, 47th Force Support Squadron NCO in charge of career development, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Feb. 18, 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.
Laughlin K-9s come to the rescue when evildoers bark up the wrong tree
There are not too many jobs where “man’s best friend” is also your partner at work. One of those exceptions is the 47th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs team, who everyday patrols, trains, and works with K-9 dogs to detect and deter illegal contraband or people with less-than-noble intentions.