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Lifelong supporters of Team XL
Bill Cauthorn, lifelong honorary commander, receives a custom Laughlin belt buckle from Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, in Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 15, 2019. Cauthorn is the CEO of The Bank and Trust, and has been a lifelong supporter of Laughlin Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)
Walk with the Chief
47th Flying Training Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zackery III talks to a crowd of Airmen before beginning the 5-kilometer “Walk with the Chief” ruck at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 30, 2019. Approximately 30 members of Team XL came out in the early hours on Monday morning to increase their deployment readiness and have an
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.
Independence Day Flyover
Members from Laughlin Air Force Base and Del Rio, Texas, watch a formation of T-6 Texan II aircraft fly over the Dr. Arturo Gutierrez Amphitheater by the San Felipe Creek in Del Rio, July 4, 2019. The city of Del Rio and Laughlin Air Force Base joined forces to celebrate the Fourth of July with music by artists from Del Rio, including Radney
Laughlin Water Report Released
Every year Laughlin AFB is mandated by the State of Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency to publish the annual water sampling results for Laughlin AFB’s and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area’s drinking water. These reports are designed to inform the consumer what is in their drinking water at Laughlin AFB and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area. The two reports can be found on Laughlin AFB’s public website at http://www.laughlin.af.mil/. In summary, the drinking water at Laughlin AFB and Laughlin AFB Recreation Area meet all drinking water requirements set forth by the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act.
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 19-16 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-16’s graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m., May 31, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Col. (retired) Michael J. Lepper, former United States North American Aerospace Defense Command director of the commander’s action line, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
Xler of the week: Airman 1st Class Justin Welch
Airman 1st Class Justin Welch, 47th Flying Training Wing Command Post emergency actions controller, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of May 20, 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 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.
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.