Air Education and Training Command News

  • Laughlin XLer of the week: Mark Crosby

    Mark Crosby, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of July 27, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Robert L.

  • Col. Craig D. Prather takes command of Team XL at Laughlin AFB

    Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, passes the guidon to Col. Craig D. Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, during the virtual wing change of command ceremony at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July 31, 2020. Prather takes command after serving as the commander of the 1st Joint

  • Col. Lee Gentile bids farewell to Laughlin AFB

    On July 17, 2020, after nearly two years serving at "the base on the border," Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, stood in the T-6A Texan II locker room preparing for his final flight as a part of Team XL.

  • 86th FTS leads future Air Force pilots to fly heavies

    If you’re flying a heavy in the Air Force, chances are you trained in the T-1A Jayhawk with the 86th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The 86th FTS creates the best mobility pilots in the Air Force, and when they’re called back to carry on the mission, they bring

  • XLer of the week: Victor Waters

    Victor Waters, 47th Force Support Squadron outdoor recreation and Southwinds Marina manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of June 15, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander,

  • Laughlin XLer of the Week Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Nelligan

    Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Nelligan, 47th Healthcare Operations Squadron NCO in charge of radiology services, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of June 8, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing

  • Child Development Center at Laughlin AFB takes measures to prevent COVID-19

    The team at the Laughlin Child Development Center have always had their hands full, charged with the welfare of the base’s youth. The week of June 1, 2020, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, returned to Health Protection Level Bravo, which means operations as normal for the base although still with

  • Laughlin XLer of the week: 1st Lt. Dale Hupe

    First Lt. Dale Hupe, 87th Flying Training Squadron flight standardization and evaluation monitor/instructor pilot, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, the week of May 26, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award is given to those who consistently make

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