Laughlin AFB- What a great two days!!

 What a two days at Laughlin AFB!  This is the  largest pilot  training base in the USAF, and is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). On weekdays, the airfield sees more takeoffs and landings than any other airport in the country.  Wing Commander Hastings, Chief Clapper and staff lead one great team at this incredible Del Rio, TX location.  Aliyah, Sabrina, Sandra and leaders, thank you. Melissa, could not have done this without you. The Airmen and Civilians made this the best Wingman Day I have ever!  I cannot express the appreciation my family and I have for the determined, focused and resilient Airmen who serve this nation so proudly.  My brother Sean made his first Military base appearance to a thunderous applause and one that will lift his self esteem for years to come.  I have been moved to emotions with your reaction and treatment of my brother and family.  Your respect and honor will be treasured for a lifetime!  

6 Standing O   4Sean   5 Sean Standing O 

  12 Sean Stage  1Group  2Sean Airmen  

  3Sean 8 Line to Shake    13 Sean Greeting
9 Greet Sean Colonel Patronis 10Chief Clapper  7 Sean
18 Sean Entering 24 Sean Stage 14 Sean Addressing Packed House 

16 Meet and greet 19 Flight Suit 17 Greet

20 Flight Line 21 Flight Line  22 Flight Line

19 Sabrina Viv 22 23 Sean Post Gig

Above -last row: Sabrina and Viv gifting Sean a personal Wrestlemania T-Shirt in honor of their son Nicky. Sean will honor him proudly. Aliyah and Sandra, we love you dearly.  Sean said to tell you so, before he passed out in the car on the way back to San Antonio airport.  Job well done my brother.  You officially have a taste of life….’On the Road’!  


Bernie 8Laughlin AFB 1 25 Lt Stowers

Above: Me on stage. Logo of the 47th Flying Training Wing. Me and my special brother Sean.

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46 Responses to Laughlin AFB- What a great two days!!

  1. Jesús N. Martinez

    Bernie, great show and more importantly great message! Thanks for putting things into perspective.

  2. Ana Valdez

    LOVED,LOVED it!!!!!!! Best show and message EVER!! Couldn’t stop the laughs and the tears! It was an amazing honor meeting you your beautiful wife and your amazing brother! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing your experiences with us!!
    May God continue to bless you all!

  3. Gia Carvelli

    Your message hit home. Thank you for such a great show and sharing your awesome brother with us.

  4. Bruce Miller

    Bernie, thank you for your msg today. It was not only funny, but the msg was a true heart wrencher. Touch my heart when you introduced your brother and wife. Thank you again and God Bless

  5. Tracy Wallace

    Hi Bernie! Awesome peformance! Thanks for using your life story to convey such an important and positive message. I didn’t get a chance to see you last year but I am so happy that I didn’t miss you this time around. Loved it! Nice meeting your beautiful family.

  6. Ben Ernst

    Thanks Bernie! You’ve got a great story. It was great getting to meet your brother this time around.

  7. Patricia Hickey

    Awesome show! What a great story, and I really appreciate you sharing it with us. Terrific message, and it really hit home. Hopefully, some of Team XL can learn from your experiences. Thanks for the opportunity to meet your brother and wife as well. It was truly an honor. Take care!

  8. william brett

    Bernie, such a great show. I was a little worried that I was going to sit through the same show I saw last year but you had great new material. Even with all the laughs your message is never lost. Everyone is talking about how funny you are. Thanks for bringing your family. Hope you come back soon.

  9. Scott Knerr

    Thank you for your great show. Really a great message throughout and was great to meet your brother and see the bond you spoke about brought to life!

  10. Kyle Lanthier

    Great Show Bernie. This is the 3rd time I have seen it, twice here and once at Edwards AFB and you were still able to make me laugh. Much better than death by power point. Thanks.

  11. Michael

    I have been in the military for 8 years and this was the most powerful and moving speech I have ever seen. Great message! Outstanding story!

  12. Brent Tadych

    Hilarious show Bernie. I enjoyed the laughs and more importantly hearing your message! It was great to see your brother this time around. Keep up the good work.

  13. David Qualls

    Definitely the best resiliency presentation I have seen yet. Excellent message; thank you for the laughs. Keep up the good work!

  14. Wade Dahlgren

    In my 11 years in the Air Force, that has to be one of the best Wingman Day/Resiliency Training briefs I have ever been to. Great laughs and even better message. Thanks for sharing and we appreciate what you do.

  15. Adam Whitman

    Good show. 3rd or 4th time seeing you. I think seeing your brother was a nice touch, that really put into perspective your relationship to him.

  16. Richard Henley

    Thank you so much for coming out again Bernie, your show was incredible and your story will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was great finally meeting your brother this time as well. Thank you for all that you do.

  17. Michael Shea

    Thank you for your time and talent. It is much appreciated. Glad to have been a part of the experience. Awesome to meet your brother.

  18. G Storm

    Bernie, you killed it! Nicely done! Really enjoyed your comedy and your message.

    God bless,

    /s/ GS

  19. Brandon Amrein

    Fantastic show Bernie! The message really hit home for me. Keep up the awesome work! I hope I get to see you again!

  20. Jonelle Carrell

    BERNIE! Bernie! Beeerrnnniiieee! I just wanted to stop by to thank you for showing up to LAFB not only to entertain but inform us. I missed your show last year but it was a pleasure to see it this year. I’m not going to lie, I teared up when your brother walked into the auditorium…I don’t cry for anything but you can feel the love that you have for your brother. Keep doing what you do! “You killed it”!

  21. Albert Plata

    Excellent show and powerful message. Glad you came by and spoke to us about resiliency. Your message was received. By the way, your brother coming out towards the end was awesome! Thanks.

  22. Lorie Weber

    Awesome show you gave us here at Laughlin AFB, Texas, where you know when you’ve arrived when the radio goes ssssssssssssssss. Thanks for the message and thanks for the laughs. I’ll attend your training anyday. Many blessings to you and your family!!! Can’t wait for your return next year!!!

  23. Ian Thompson

    What a great way to spend Friday morning. Your message was poignant and timely. Thanks for taking time out of your week to come down to the edge of America and spend time with us.

  24. joel langton

    What a great way to connect w/the troops. Thanks for bringing your brother.

  25. Paul Homsher

    Another really great show and what an awesome experience to meet Sean!
    Good luck in the future and know that you will always be welcomed at Laughlin Air Force Base.

  26. Joseph Wertz

    Your message hit home for some of us. I went into this praying it would not be another Air Force death by power point slide show. I will just say thank you for such a great show and sharing your awesome brother with us.

  27. Michael English

    Most unforgettable resiliency training! Thank you for the laughs and your story. I called my siblings after the show!


    Outstanding performance, and well said testimony! The message really hit home for me. May you continue touching lives, and God willing saving lives! God Bless!

  29. Daniel Oh

    Bernie, Today’s “training” was the most moving show I have seen from you yet. Your emotions towards the end was felt by all of us sitting the audience. Thank you for sharing your gift of laughter to the military community. It was very nice to meet your wife and brother and put a face to a name. He really is a gentle giant and loves to give hugs. The best of luck to you and hope you and your family enjoy the well deserved 3 weeks off. God bless. -Daniel

  30. Scott Hearn

    Great show, very funny and very moving. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  31. Paul Kluzek

    Fantastic show. I laughed almost as hard as the lady sitting behind me. Then when he shared his personal testamony I almost cried like the lady sitting beside me. It was the best military briefing I’ve been to in thirty years.

  32. XL

    Great show, it was awesome to hear your message and to meet your brother. Keep doing what your doing!!!

  33. Janet McDonald

    Happy Hour was great! The comedy portion was funny and your message was moving and emotional. It was nice meeting you, your wife and brother at the picnic. God Bless!

  34. Joshua Sandoval

    AWESOME! It really opened my eyes to see what we have in life! And to not things for granit. My first comedian I’ve ever seen and it was th best one. That inspires me and encourages me to think about what I have for my future! I want to see you back again next year!

  35. Richard Bean

    Great show today!

  36. Erik

    Great show!! Loved it! Your story was really inspiring. I don’t know personal you but I admire the person that you are and how you over came life’s challenges. Really important message to myself and all airmen.

  37. Louie

    Great show!! Even though I was in that group that for there late !! Really Loved it!!

  38. Terri Faison

    Awesome show!! That was training? I’ll take that training anytime. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. Thank you for sharing your brother with us. God bless!!

  39. Jim Fabian

    I really enjoyed your presentation. You have a great message and I appreciate you sharing your life’s experiences with us. I imagine it can’t be easy. I also enjoyed seeing your brother Sean on stage with you. Keep up the great work you are doing!

  40. lex lynch

    great show buddy

  41. lex lynch

    nice show

  42. Dan Garrison

    Thanks for an amazing show and testimonial! It was my first time seeing “happy hour”; I have seen a lot of comedy routines before but I’ve never felt the emotion or the connection that I felt today- thanks for turning such a hard personal journey into an inspiring experience. It was great to meet your brother today as well, BEST RESILIENCE DAY EVER! Thanks for coming to Del Rio, so thankful that you continue to sacrifice your time to come out to the ends of the earth to encourage us!

  43. Britt Warren

    Great show and strong message! Thanks for visiting the edge of America!

  44. Ben McGrenaghan

    Very proud of all my family and especially
    Bernie, Sean & Mel for doing what they do
    to bring their message to our military.
    Hoorah and God speed, Dad

  45. Peyton Sullivan

    Bernie, that was a great show and we all really appreciated you coming out to talk to us. Your jokes were hilarious and your message was clear. There needs to be more people like you in this world. Keep up the great work and stay safe!

  46. Ana Valdez

    YAY!! I WON!! THANK YOU for the book, I got it today can’t wait to open it and experience all the stories that ya’ll have compiled together!
    Like I said before thank you again for honoring us all with your moving story, cant wait for the next time!!!

    Ana Valdez