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  • Laughlin remembers POW/MIA

    Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas host a remembrance ceremony for POW/MIA Remembrance day on Sept. 17, 2021 to pay tribute to those from past conflicts. In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. It is most
  • AETC on path to complete mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

    Air Education and Training Command officials continue their aggressive approach to achieving full vaccination against COVID-19 to protect personnel and their families and continue recruiting, training and educating Airmen and Guardians.
  • Hispanic Heritage month at Laughlin

    Since the signing of the bill by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, America observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. While it may seem counterintuitive to spread a heritage month across multiple months, the mid-September start date was chosen to commemorate several pivotal moments in Latin American history. Five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, celebrate their Independence Day on the 15th. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on the 16th, and Chile on 18th.
  • 9/11 Generations

    When wounds heal, especially large ones, they scar, leaving us with the memories of the event that lead to the wound. The wounds inflicted serve as a reminder, never letting us forget what happened 20 years ago.  As time has passed, generations of Airmen have joined, served, and since retired. Each of them have different views on how events of 9/11 affected them.
  • SUPT Class 21-15 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-15 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept, 10, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman Kailee Reynolds)
  • Herschel Walker visits Laughlin Air Force Base

    Team XL had the pleasure to host retired professional athlete Herschel Walker, best known for his football legacy. The renowned competitor visited Laughlin Air Force Base on Aug. 18th, 2021 to discuss mental health resilience and the importance of self-care. Mr. Walker uses his own mental health journey to eliminate the stigma attached to asking for help when necessary before it is too late. Mental health issues have plagued a number of those who served in the armed forces. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 6,435 veterans took their own lives in 2018.
  • SUPT Class 21-14 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-14 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug, 20, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class David Phaff)
  • The instructors behind virtual take off

    Over the past decade, anyone with a computer and a copy of flight simulator software has had the experience of flying over the virtual skies. The United States Air Force takes this concept to a whole new level and the simulators they use to train student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base dwarf the at-home versions. These monstrous contraptions even mirror the layout of the aircraft down to the smallest detail.
  • New 86th Flying Training Squadron Heritage Tail

    The 86th Flying Training Squadron showed off their new heritage tail on August 13, 2021 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
  • Dollar Ride: First Flight to Wings

    To a pilot, few things are as nerve wracking as the first time they climb into a cockpit and fly a plane. But boy is that dollar ride memorable.  “I’m definitely nervous,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Ugale 47th Student Squadron student pilot before his first flight, “A little bit of anxiety, but definitely excited.”
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