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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.
Airman’s Spotlight: Col. Todd Dyer
Various community natives joined military members from past wars to today’s aviators to honor this year’s Veterans Day ceremony in Del Rio, Texas. The keynote speaker, Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, took a moment to express his thoughts on the significance of the day, and the importance that it has not only to him but to all American citizens.
SUPT Class 19-02 set to graduate
All Laughlin members are invited to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-02’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 16, 2018, in Anderson Hall, here. Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, will be the guest speaker.
2018 junior deployers claim Laughlin
The 2018 Junior Deployment brought together volunteers, leaders, parents and community members to make the opportunity possible for military children and children from the community to learn about Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas’ mission on Nov. 3, 2018. November is the month of the military family, and Master Sgt. Crystal Beckham, 47th Force Support Squadron readiness NCO and 2018 Junior Deployment coordinator, says the base saw the junior deployment as a beneficial way to bring military and community members together.
Airman's Spotlight: Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, is responsible for and oversees over 45 percent of the Air Force’s annual flying hour program that trains more than 32,000 U.S. and allied aircrew annually flying 28 different type of aircraft. The 19th Air Force, based out of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is composed of more than
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Lucas Lobo
Airman 1st Class Lucas Lobo, 47th Medical Support Squadron outpatient records technician, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Oct. 15, 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.
Cancer survivor says knowledge is power
The solid gym doors swung open, spilling the warm, Texas evening light across the Losano Fitness Center carpet. A woman with a lively step marched across the gym lobby down the hallway greeting the people she saw by name. She turned right into a room with mirrors, colorful mood lamps and a light, hardwood floor. A handful of women greeted her as they stretched and warmed up for the class.
Airman’s Spotlight: Deborah Pagan
Many shy away from handling financial issues due to complexity, and dealing with government finances can seem especially daunting. The repercussions could be severe if there is suspected fraud waste and abuse in question. That is why it is important for Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, to have a team of analysts, who oversee government purchase cardholders, how vouchers are filed and many more financial doings. Deborah Pagan, 47th Flying Training Wing Comptroller Squadron financial budget analyst, has worked five years in finance and 10 years as the 47th Operations Group resource advisor, helping Airmen sort through the financial fog of government expenses.
XLer of the week: Airman 1st Class Beau Cantrell
Airman 1st Class Beau Cantrell, 47th Communications Squadron cyber transport technician was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Sept. 17, 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.