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  • 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,
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Sabrina Peña

    Sabrina Peña, 47th Wing Staff Agencies violence prevention integrator, understands the pressure some feel to know things they may not know. She recalled a time soon after she began working for the U.S. Air Force when she wrote her first memorandum. Instead of understanding her lack of Air Force knowledge, her supervisor made fun of the
  • Laughlin cyclist returns to racing after hit and run

    Albert Garcia, a controller in the 47th Operations Support Squadron, proved everyone wrong when he competed in the 208-mile No Country for Old Men ultra bicycle race Oct. 12. When Garcia got run over on his bicycle June 9, 2015 by a hit-and-run driver, it was supposed to be a day that stopped many things for him.
  • 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.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Rafael Franjul

    Tech. Sgt. Rafael Franjul, 47th Flying Training Wing Judge Advocate Office NCO in charge, strives daily to balance the rigors and demands of his U.S. Air Force job with family time. “I devote every moment I am not working to try and make sure my family knows how important they are to me,” Franjul said. “I do this by spending time with them doing activities we both enjoy.”
  • XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Mickel McGann

    First Lt. Mickel McGann, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs deputy chief, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Nov. 12, 2018, 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.
  • Laughlin honors Graziano with memorial service

    Family, friends, U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, and the Airmen of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, gathered to remember the life of Capt. John Graziano, an instructor pilot for the 87th Flying Training Squadron, during his memorial Nov. 21, 2018. Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Graziano’s parents, Dr. Glenda Snavely and Dr. Thomas Graziano all spoke at the memorial, urging family and friends to remember his life instead of dwelling on his death.
  • Airman’s Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Jordan Sowden

    From the outside looking in, when some people think about a military service member the image of a dirt-covered, battle-hardened grunt in full combat gear may come to mind. Those who served could testify that isn’t always the case. Second Lieutenant Jordan Sowden, 47th Mission Support Group executive officer, breaks those barriers with her bright personality.
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