LAUGHLIN air force

47th Flying Training Wing
548 Laughlin Dr, Del Rio, TX 78843
Air Force

ABOUT

Laughlin Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located six miles east of Del Rio, Texas and about nine miles from Del Rio’s sister city Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Del Rio is 154 miles west of San Antonio on U.S. Highway 90. Laughlin AFB is the largest pilot training base in the US Air Force and is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing of the Air Education and Training Command. On weekdays, the airfield sees more takeoffs and landings than any other airport in the country. Aircraft flown at Laughlin AFB include the T-6A Texan II, the T-38C Talon and T-1A Jayhawk. Each year fifteen classes of approximately 20–25 pilots graduate from Laughlin AFB.
The host unit at Laughlin AFB is the 47th Flying Training Wing. Their mission is to Train the Next Multi-Domain Combat Aviators, Deploy Mission-Ready Warriors, and Develop Professional and Confident Leaders. Laughlin AFB specializes in undergraduate pilot training for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and allied nation air forces utilizing the T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft. There are approximately 7,000 active duty, guard, reserve, students, military families, civilians, and retirees assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base.
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ARRIVAL

If you will be arriving after hours, the 24-hour arrival point is the Laughlin Manor (Building 454) located at 4th and Arnold Streets across the street from the AAFES/BX parking lot. The personnel at the front desk will assist you in securing temporary accommodations and transportation to on-base quarters. The temporary lodging facilities on base have kitchen facilities, a bedroom area, a private bath, and other conveniences. Laughlin has only four “pet- friendly ” temporary lodging rooms and if they are occupied you will need to make arrangements for your pets in a local community boarding facility. Contact Laughlin Manor at 830-298-5741 for further information and rates.

In-processing is done on an individual basis in the Military Personnel Element Customer Service Office, located at 427 Liberty Drive in Building 246. You must bring all personal, medical, and financial records when in-processing.

SUPT/APT students (as well as Reserve, Guard, and Foreign Exchange Student pilots) will bring in-processing documents to the Transition Office prior to in-processing at the MPE to ensure appropriate student in-processing has been completed prior to Laughlin in-processing. The 47 STUS (Student Squadron) Transition Office is located in building 320, Room A133. You can call the Transition Office at 830-298-5211 for additional information.

The San Antonio International Airport (SAT ) about 150 miles east of Laughlin AFB, or a 2 hour and 45-minute drive by car along US-90 W.

The Del Rio International Airport, located about 7 miles from the base, is used for general aviation and is often used by USAF students assigned to Laughlin AFB. American Eagle, operating regional jet aircraft on behalf of American Airlines, provides daily non-stop service between Del Rio (DRT) and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.

Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District

Residents of Laughlin Air Force Base are zoned to SFDR-CISD schools.

Park University offers onsite and online classes on base. Visit the Education Center or call (830) 298-5520 for more information.

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

  
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
  

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.

Val Verde County, Texas

A Pets Wish Animal Shelter (830) 313-8799

Val Verde County Library in Del Rio (830) 774-7595

Val Verde Sheriff’s Office (830) 774-7513

Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000

Base Operator (830) 298-5111

Airman & Family Readiness Center (830) 298-5620 

Billeting/ Temporary Lodging (830) 298-5741

Chaplain & Religious Services (830) 298-5111 

Child Development Center (830) 298-5419

Commissary (830) 298-5822/5823

Dental Clinic (830) 298-6531

Education & Training Office (830) 298-5520 

Exchange (830) 298-2111 

Family Child Care (830) 298-5419/5031

Finance Office (830) 298-5215

Housing Management Office (830) 298-5276 

ID/CAC Cards (830) 298-5276

Legal Services/JAG (830) 298-5172
 

Laughlin Manor (830) 298-5741

Library (830) 298-5119

Medical Clinic (830) 298-6333 

Military Clothing Sales (830) 298-2111

Privatized Family Housing (830) 298-1701 

Relocation Assistance Program (830) 298-5620

School Liaison Office (830) 298-5620

Travel Office (830) 298-7050

Unaccompanied Member Housing (830) 298-5213 

Veterinary Services (830) 298-5500 

Welcome Center (830) 298-5276

Housing

At Laughlin AFB, military family housing is privatized and owned by Hunt Companies. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Companies. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Laughlin AFB visit the Laughlin Family Housing website.

UNACCOMPANIED/SINGLE MEMBERS
You will either stay in a single occupancy dorm room or, upon availability, share a government owned duplex house with another student. Exception to this policy will be on a case-by-case base, however do not expect to live off base. Unaccompanied/single members are not authorized to contact Laughlin Family Housing without specific prior authorization from the Housing Office. Unaccompanied officers will not contact the Housing Office or Transition Flight about duplex waiting lists prior to arrival. You can only get on a waiting list after you have arrived on base and in-processed.

Ceniza Hills/Buena Vista
7.5 miles from base

Located about 10 minutes from base, this area offers plenty of shopping and is close to the Del Rio Airport.

Val Verde Park
1.8 miles from base

Just minutes from the main gate, this area has quick access to US-90 and has plenty of shopping nearby.

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Community

In Del Rio, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and dry, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 97°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 103°F.

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 18 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is August 7, with an average high of 97°F and low of 77°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from November 23 to February 15, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 42°F and high of 63°F.

The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from April 26 to October 3, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on May 30. The drier season lasts 6.7 months, from October 3 to April 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on December 16.

Compared to other cities in Texas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Del Rio, TX is 81, which is 10% lower than the Texas average and 19% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), the cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Del Rio, TX are 3% higher than the average for Texas and 4% lower than the rest of the country.

Laughlin Air Force Base is located six miles east of Del Rio, Texas and about nine miles from Del Rio’s sister city Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Del Rio is 154 miles west of San Antonio on U.S. Highway 90. The area has several museums and events, as well as lots of recreational activities.

Lake Amistad provides year-round, water-based recreation opportunities, including boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing, as well as other recreational opportunities for picnicking, camping, and hunting. The area is rich in archeology and prehistoric rock art and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.

The Whitehead Memorial Museum is a western museum complex in downtown Del Rio that features thirteen exhibits that each express the history and story of Val Verde County.

Del Rio is home to the George Paul Memorial bull riding event, which is the oldest stand-alone bull riding event in the world. It is also home to the Paul Poag Theatre and the oldest bonded winery in Texas, the Val Verde Winery, in the heart of Del Rio.

Along the San Felipe Creek there are numerous recreational areas including playgrounds, running trails, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a water park and the San Felipe Golf Course. Swimming and tubing are also very popular on the creek. Within a short drive of Del Rio is the world-class Caverns of Sonora, a National Natural Landmark.

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