Possum Town October Flight Meeting
Columbus Club
Speaker: Col Kent Laughbaum
Colonel (USAF, retired) Kent Laughbaum is an air and missile defense program director and systems architect with Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona. At Raytheon since 2008, his areas of expertise include national strategy, future warfighting concepts, and future air weapons. Col Laughbaum served as commander of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from 2006 until 2008. At D-M he was responsible for America’s largest A-10 wing, commanding 6,700 Airmen and leading 3,200 civilians. Colonel Laughbaum also commanded the 48th Operations Group and 494th Fighter Squadron, at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. A 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University, Kent also holds post-graduate degrees from the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies and the United States Naval War College. Prior to his USAF command tours Kent he served as a Fighter Weapons School instructor pilot in the A-10 and F-15E, and held staff responsibilities with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He is a command pilot with more than 5,100 flying hours, and led expeditionary fighter squadrons over Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Northern Watch, and Operation Southern Watch. Col Laughbaum has flown the F-15E, A-10A, and A-10C.


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