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  • XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Zachary Turek

    First Lt. Zachary Turek, 86th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, Sept. 2, 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.
  • XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Brian Kruchkow

    First Lieutenant Brian Kruchkow, 434th Flying Training Squadron T-6A Texan II instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 17, 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.
  • XLer of the Week: 1st Lt. Claire Latscha

    First Lt. Claire Latscha, a 87th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the Week, for the week of May 13, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
  • XLer of the week: Capt. Trevor Ibarra

    Capt. Trevor Ibarra, 85th Flying Training Squadron gradebook officer and instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Dec. 12, 2018, 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.
  • XLer of the week: 1st Lt. James Tracey

    1st Lt. James Tracey, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of June 16, 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.
  • Laughlin and Vance unite training forces

    Team XL pilots joined forces with a fellow Air Education Training Command base to help ease their instructor pilot shortfalls. The 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., took on a greater student load in 2017 as a possible solution to the ongoing pilot shortage the Air Force is facing, but met some unexpected manning and technical issues. In response, Laughlin sent instructor pilots to help stave off the manning challenges.
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