Laughlin Training Squadron Inactivated

Officials with the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin AFB, Tex., inactivated the 84th Flying Training Squadron and designated the 434th FTS to take its place conducting specialized pilot undergraduate training with the T-6 Texan II. This move resulted from the consolidation of the Air Force’s Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals course at JBSA-Randolph, Tex., that left the 434th FTS without a mission, according to an Aug. 29 Laughlin release. “Instead of inactivating the 434th FTS, it was decided to [in]activate the 84th FTS and allow the 434th FTS to assume its mission,” said Jack Waid, 47th FTW historian. At the Aug. 24 inactivation ceremony, Col. Andrew Brabson, 47th Operations Group commander, paid tribute to the 84th FTS. “Over the course of 70 years, the 84th Panthers have exceeded all expectations in combat, self-defense and training,” he said. “The Panthers will forever remain alive and well as long as we honor their sacrifices and remember their legacy.” (Laughlin report by 2nd Lt. Daniel Brand)