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Airman’s Spotlight: Senior Master Sgt. John Penland
Since the inception of the modern cyberspace and subsequent concepts of cyber warfare, the U.S. Air Force has led the charge in defense of this domain for the United States. It’s a domain that the 47th Communications Squadron’s superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. John Penland, has suited up in ABUs and defended for more than 20 years. From picking up the telephone to assist a customer in setting up their email inbox, to setting up wireless access points in remote, hostile territory, one could say Penland has seen and accomplished a lot.
Laughlin participates in Scarlet Hawk 18-05 exercise
For the Department of Defense, one of the biggest threats to security is on the inside: an active shooter that’s trained, willing and able to open fire on fellow service members. The scenario was the subject of a base wide exercise as part of Scarlet Hawk 18-05, Thursday, Aug. 23, when an Airman, playing the part of a disgruntled military member, walked into Club XL and hypothetically changed the course of Laughlin history forever.
XLer of the week: James Brown
James Brown, 47th Logistics Readiness Flight installation deployment officer, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of August 13, 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.
STEM school opens at Laughlin
The arrival and opening of the school brings new opportunities to the San Felipe Del Rio Independent School District and the base, while also being the first STEM school ever built on a military installation.
SUPT Class 18-13 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-13’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, in Anderson Hall, here.
Soaring to the Summit on the wings of Eagles
He was stationed at Laughlin in 2016, and by 2018, the renowned cheerleader helped make it possible for a local Del Rio, Texas, team to win a national cheerleading championship. For Maj. Owen-John Williams, 47th Medical Group Mental Health Flight commander and Amistad Eagles assistant cheerleading coach, cheerleading was a way of life since he was 15-years-old.
Southwinds Marina, wing safety share Lake Amistad safety tips
For many stationed here at Laughlin, Lake Amistad is known as Del, Rio’s hidden gem, and is an easy choice for all sorts of outdoor activities like boating, kayaking and swimming. However, for as much fun and relaxation many of those activities can be, being safe and knowing the surroundings while on the lake will help ensure a day of relaxation doesn’t end prematurely, or with a visit to the clinic.
Commander's Corner: Together...We Are Laughlin
Hopefully by now you’ve heard me say it. ”We are Laughlin!” Sure, every now and then I get the “Da---Da-Da---Da---Da-Da-Da” (think Farmers Insurance commercial), and I’m okay with that. But more often than that I get a more serious question, “What does it mean?” Or better yet, “So what?” Both are fair questions, and hopefully after hearing what “We are Laughlin” means to me, both will be answered.
SUPT Class 18-11 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-11’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. June 29 in Anderson Hall here.
Airman’s Spotlight: Alvaro Constancio
Walking into a maintenance hangar enjoys an atmosphere different than anywhere else at Laughlin, and it’s one that some XL members don’t get a chance to experience. It is an atmosphere that embodies “work hard, play hard,” in its own way. Climate control is substituted with the coming and going of the seasons, however fist-bumps and friendly banter are year-round. Alvaro Constancio, 47th Maintenance Directorate T-6 Texan II maintainer, has been a part of that environment since 2001, as a product of the “Grow Your Own” program, and said he’s happy to be there.