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  • 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,
  • SUPT class 19-04, 19-05 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-04 and 19-05’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Jan. 25, 2019, in Anderson Hall, here. Retired Lt. Col Phillip Carson, whose last assignment was the Deputy Chief of Safety for Pacific Air Forces, will be the guest speaker. Awards and special recognition will be given to outstanding graduates.
  • XLer of the Week: Gilbert Wheeler

    Gilbert Wheeler, 47th Medical Support Squadron information systems flight chief, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Jan. 7, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
  • New commander takes the 47th OG under her wing

    The 47th Operations Group welcomed its new commander during an assumption of command ceremony on Nov. 27, 2018 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. U.S. Air Force Col. Carey Jones assumed command of 47th OG, becoming its first female commander.
  • SUPT class 19-03 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-03’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Dec. 14, 2018, in Anderson Hall, here.
  • Laughlin Airman to compete in fitness competition

    A specialized undergraduate pilot training student from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, will participate in the 2018 Alpha Warrior contest Nov. 16, 2018.
  • SUPT Class 19-01 set to graduate

    All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-01’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Oct. 26, in Anderson Hall, here.
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