Laughlin Air Force Base
Laughlin AFB is the largest pilot training base in the Air Force. Home to 47th Flying Training Wing, the base was established in 1943 and graduates more than 300 students per year.
Laughlin AFB is located in the West Texas town of Del Rio and holds a population of around 1600. Del Rio is in Val Verde County and has a population of about 40,000 people. The town is directly across the border from the Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna, and separated only by a 2,035 ft. international bridge. Ciudad Acuna was for decades known as a favorite tourist destination for Texans, bikers, and college students who loved the party vibe. The city was made even more famous for its cameos in Robert Rodriguez movies such as El Mariachi and Desperado. Tourism in the area has now died off due to fear of cartel violence.
Neither Service Members nor their families are permitted to cross the border, but the two cultures remain inextricably linked.
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