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AETC commander visits Laughlin

Col. Thomas Shank, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Clapper, 47 FTW command chief, greet Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, on the flight line at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. Roberson’s visit to Laughlin is his first since taking command of AETC in July 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Col. Thomas Shank, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Clapper, 47 FTW command chief, greet Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, on the flight line at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. Roberson’s visit to Laughlin is his first since taking command of AETC in July 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, speaks to team members and defense contractors at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. While at Laughlin, Roberson toured the T-6A Texan II hangar to discuss and observe maintenance operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, speaks to team members and defense contractors at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. While at Laughlin, Roberson toured the T-6A Texan II hangar to discuss and observe maintenance operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, inspects a T-6A Texan II aircraft part during a tour of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. Roberson visited with Laughlin’s 47th Maintenance Directorate to discuss the maintenance operations of training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, inspects a T-6A Texan II aircraft part during a tour of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. Roberson visited with Laughlin’s 47th Maintenance Directorate to discuss the maintenance operations of training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Gilbert Montoya, right, Air Education and Training Command director of logistics and force protection, discusses the “Grow Your Own” Program with Ruben Resendez, Del Rio High School Aircraft Technology instructor, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. The “Grow Your Own” Program is an aviation technology program that gives Del Rio High School students hands-on experience with aircraft servicing and maintenance training with the goal of preparing students for an aircraft maintenance career at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Gilbert Montoya, right, Air Education and Training Command director of logistics and force protection, discusses the “Grow Your Own” Program with Ruben Resendez, Del Rio High School Aircraft Technology instructor, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. The “Grow Your Own” Program is an aviation technology program that gives Del Rio High School students hands-on experience with aircraft servicing and maintenance training with the goal of preparing students for an aircraft maintenance career at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, examines the internal structure of a T-6A Texan II aircraft with Russ Bartlett, defense contractor, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. The T-6 is a single-engine, two-seat, primary trainer designed to train student pilots on basic flying skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, examines the internal structure of a T-6A Texan II aircraft with Russ Bartlett, defense contractor, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. The T-6 is a single-engine, two-seat, primary trainer designed to train student pilots on basic flying skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

James Kelly, 47th Maintenance Directorate director of Maintenance, speaks to Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, during the general’s tour of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. While at Laughlin, Roberson toured the T-6A Texan II aircraft hangar to discuss and observe maintenance operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

James Kelly, 47th Maintenance Directorate director of Maintenance, speaks to Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, during the general’s tour of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015. While at Laughlin, Roberson toured the T-6A Texan II aircraft hangar to discuss and observe maintenance operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas --

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, and Gilbert Montoya, AETC director of Logistics and Force Protection, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 16.

Roberson and Montoya toured the T-6A Texan II hangar with the 47th Maintenance Directorate staff to discuss and observe maintenance operations with wing leadership.

This is Roberson’s first visit to Laughlin since taking command of AETC in July 2015.

While at Laughlin, Roberson reiterated the importance of the 47th Flying Training Wing’s mission.

America’s air power, he explained, starts here.