About Laughlin AFB, TX
Located just 9 miles from Mexico, Laughlin Air Force Base is the largest pilot training base in the entire Air Force. The 47th Flying Training Wing is garrisoned at Laughlin, under the command of Colonel Thomas E. Murphy. The base was built in 1943 and named after pilot Jack T. Laughlin, who was the nearby city of Del Rio's first World War II casualty.
Laughlin Air Force Base features an exhausting 52 week training course in which pilots learn to fly some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. Every year, approximately 400 military pilots complete the program, with the group as a whole flying over 100,000 hours during training.
The population at Laughlin consists of 1,387 active duty Air Force personnel, along with 72 Air Force Reserve and National Guardsmen. 1,268 family members also take up residence at Laughling Air Force Base.