Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Due to the recent T-38 Talon tragedy, which resulted in the terrible loss of one Airman, as well as the injury of another, Laughlin Air Force Base has suspended flying operations through the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our community has suffered the irreplaceable loss of one of our pilots,” said Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “The immediate concern is to provide support and love to his family, friends and colleagues. Our Airmen and their families are incredibly important to us, and our top priority.

For now, we will focus inward to make sure that our base community rallies around those who are suffering and need our support.”

“During this Thanksgiving season, there is value in remembering the debt that we all owe to the brave men and women who serve in the military,” said Velino. “The pilots who train at this base are truly the tip of the spear in securing our national defense, and we are grateful for their choice to serve in that pivotal

capacity.”

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. All questions should be directed to the public affairs office at 830-298-5262.

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