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Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, examines the wing of a hail-damaged T-38 Talon at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, March 16, 2016, during a base tour. While touring Laughlin, Roberson held an all-call, visited various base agencies and discussed operations with wing leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon May) Laughlin, AETC tackle hailstorm recovery, one year later
More than 18 months ago, a series of severe thunderstorms rolled through Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, dropping large chunks of ice on buildings, cars, and aircraft alike. The hail that rained down on the area Feb. 22, 2016, brought devastating effects to the base’s infrastructure. Along with the buildings, the storm put Laughlin’s pilot training mission at risk when more than 80 percent of the training fleet was grounded due to exceptional hail damage.
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Members of the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District and local civic leaders join U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Shank in breaking the ground for the future Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering Magnet Elementary School at Laughlin Air Force Base,Tx., June 23, 2017. Building this school base will allow students to have direct access to mentors that work in the STEM career field. Laughlin, community celebrate ground-breaking of STEM school
U.S. Air Force Airmen and civilians from the 47th Flying Training Wing joined with Del Rio, Texas and San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District community members for a ground-breaking ceremony of Laughlin Air Force Base’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Magnet Elementary School, June 23.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Andrew Dane, 47th Flying Training Wing pilot graduate, poses for a photo on the flight line at Laughlin Air Force Base, May 25, 2017. With his new wings, Dane is on his way to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, an aircraft that he formerly supported as a Tactical Air Control Party specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja) From the ground up
Some people dream of becoming a fighter pilot, while others dream of becoming a military special operator. Very few people make both dreams come true. Second Lt. Andrew Dane, a 47th Flying Training Wing pilot graduate and former Tactical Air Control Party special operator, will be able to see both dreams come true. Dane has successfully completed specialized undergraduate pilot training and is on his way to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
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Staff Sgt. Cody Sparks, 47th Communications Squadron NCO in charge of mobile knowledge operations, poses for a photo at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Sparks was selected as Air Education and Training Command’s Airman of the Year for his dedication to the Air Force and outstanding Airmanship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike) “I think we forget sometimes”
Staff Sgt. Cody Sparks, Air Education and Training Command's Outstanding Airman of the Year, visits Capitol Hill and learns from his leaders.
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Ariana Meza looks through the windshield of a fire department vehicle, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, March 18, 2016. During her visit, Meza was able to see the fire department, a military working dog demonstration and the tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike) Local Girl becomes Pilot for a Day
Ariana Meza, a 6-year-old Del Rio native diagnosed with leukemia, visited Laughlin Air Force Base as part of the "Pilot for a day" program on March 18, 2016
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