F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office

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  • USS Tripoli Recovers First F-35B In Milestone For Ship
  • The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli is in the U.S. 3rd Fleet, which spans the central and eastern portions of the Pacific. Tripoli is underway conducting routine operations and achieved another milestone for the F-35 at the start of the new year. An F-

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Giselle Soto Gil
  • Meet Giselle Soto Gil, a Senior System Engineer in the Air Vehicle Program Management Office supporting the technical and operational requirements of the F-35, including Block 4 software implementation. She finds it rewarding that her work translates into a

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  • F-35 2021 Year in Review
  • The F-35 Enterprise continued to forge forward in 2021 to deliver the unmatched capabilities of the most lethal fifth-generation aircraft to warfighters around the world. With more than 750 F-35s operating from 34 bases and ships around the globe and having

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  • U.S. Marine Corps Deploy First F-35C Squadron
  • New year, new deployment for the F-35! January 3 marked the beginning of the first carrier deployment for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 “Black Knights” aboard USS Abraham Lincoln. It is also the first carrier deployment for a Marine Corps F

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  • RAF Lakenheath welcomes first 5th Generation F-35
  • Four U.S. Air Force F-35As arrived at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the United Kingdom December 15. The 48th Fighter Wing “Valkyries” were activated in October, and this milestone arrival marks RAF Lakenheath as the first permanent base

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Colonel Shane Henderson
  • The professionals at the F-35 JPO's Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio bring a wealth of acquisition and maintenance knowledge to the team. Its military deputy director, Colonel Shane

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  • NATO Delegation Visits HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomed 30 NATO Ambassadors in one of the final events of the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment. The delegation were treated to an F-35 capabilities demonstration aboard the air craft carrier. The visit comes as CSG21 nears the

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  • Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month
  • Happy National Native American Heritage Month! November is dedicated to recognizing the history, celebrating the cultures, and acknowledging the contributions of the indigenous peoples of the United States. U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, a descendant of

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  • Happy Veteran's Day!
  • The F-35 JPO proudly salutes Veterans who served and are currently serving the United States. Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11, began as a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson to honor soldiers who fought in World War I. Today, we thank

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  • Happy 246th Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps!
  • Happy 246th birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! The F-35 JPO is proud to celebrate the Marines across the F-35 Enterprise. The Marine Corps continues to activate new squadrons and participate in deployments and global exercises to strengthen interoperability

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  • F-35 Test Teams Support Demo Aboard Japanese Ship Izumo
  • In early October, two Marine Corps F-35Bs performed take-offs and landings off the Japanese Ship Izumo stationed in the Pacific. These flights secured a first for the Japanese F-35 program! Before the success of the tests, the teams at the F-35 Integrated

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Lt. Col. Natasha Miller
  • Lieutenant Colonel Natasha Miller is an actual change agent at the F-35 Joint Program Office. Lt. Col. Miller, whose family is from Trinidad and Tobago, came to the JPO for the challenges and opportunities. It is the perfect place to develop skills in

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  • U.S. Navy F-35Cs Operate in South China Sea
  • The F-35C continues its deployment in the Indo-Pacific! The USS Carl Vinson-led carrier strike group is operating in the South China Sea with the F-35C's advanced capabilities courtesy of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 "Argonauts". Most

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  • F-135 Engine Depot Officially Opens in Netherlands
  • The Netherlands has formally opened its testing facilities for maintenance of the F-35 engine, the first engine depot outside of the U.S. The facility at Woensdrecht airbase opened on October 1 and will maintain the engines of the European and Israeli F-35

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  • F-35Bs Land Successfully on Japanese Ship Izumo
  • F-35 Unites! Two F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 "Bats" successfully landed on the Japanese Ship Izumo on October 3. U.S. Marines embarked aboard the JS Izumo and worked directly with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as part of

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  • Milestone Certification Flight Test Achieved for F-35A
  • The F-35 achieved a milestone at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in September 2021. Two F-35As executed a Full Weapon System Demonstration, which is considered the ‘graduation’ flight test exercise to achieve nuclear certification from an air-

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  • The F-35 JPO: Now on YouTube
  • The F-35 JPO is now on YouTube! Subscribe to the JPO's latest social platform to stay updated on the JPO's unique and growing library of incredible videos to include F-35 Enterprise milestones, achievements, U.S. Service and Partner updates, and

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  • First F-35C Air Refueling by Unmanned Platform
  • The Defense Department announced a milestone for the F-35C. On September 13, the first F-35C aerial refueling took place by an MQ-25 unmanned platform. This event is significant because unmanned tanking capabilities will free up the Navy's F-35Cs that

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  • 700th Delivery of Production F-35
  • Congratulations to the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin on the 700th delivery of an F-35! Aircraft #700 (AN-20) was formally accepted on September 24. The F-35 remains a premier air system of choice for three of the armed forces, seven

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  • Norway Italy Reprogramming Lab Formally Accepted
  • Congratulations to our partners Norway and Italy! On September 22, the Norway Italy Reprogramming Lab (NIRL) was formally accepted at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The NIRL provides Norway and Italy with F-35 mission data files to assess what threats to

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  • MCAS Cherry Point Continues Vital Role For F-35
  • Over the next decade, MCAS Cherry Point will become the largest joint strike fighter base in the nation as it will build three F-35 maintenance hangars and welcome six new squadrons by 2028. In August 2021, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point

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  • F-35 at Evenes Conducts Training with B-2
  • F-35 Unites! Norwegian F-35s joined U.S. B-2 bombers at the future Quick Reaction Alert base in Evenes, Norway this September. The main focus of the training, named exercise Falcon Deploy 2021, was seamless information exchange between land and air forces

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  • Japan-based F-35 squadron is ready for operations
  • On September 9, a second U.S. Marine Corps squadron declared its F-35B squadron ready for operations. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 reached initial operational capability for its Warfighters at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. It is the second

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Leigh Anne Bierstine
  • Bringing the Data to the Fight! Leigh Anne Bierstine leads the Combat Data Systems Program Management Office that provides essential information to the F-35 aircraft. This information, or Mission Data Files, instruct the F-35 aircraft's mission systems

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  • Joint U.S.-U.K. exercises integrate F-35B, F-35C
  • F-35 Unites! Four F-35Cs from Strike Fight Squadron (VFA) 147 participated in joint interoperability exercises on August 26 over the Philippine Sea with the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group. The aircraft conducted missions to validate joint

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  • Congratulations to VADM Chebi!
  • The F-35 Joint Program Office bids fair winds and following seas to Deputy Program Executive Officer, Vice Admiral Carl P. Chebi. In September 2019, he assumed duty as the DPEO and brought a wealth of fighter jet and acquisition knowledge to the Executive

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  • Italian Navy F-35B Lands for first time on ITS Cavour
  • Congratulations to our partner Italy! The first Italian Navy F-35B landed for the first time on the deck of ITS Cavour July 30 following the test and certification activity carried out with U.S. aircraft that concluded in April. Its arrival aboard the

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  • Expeditionary Strike Group 7 arrives for Talisman Sabre 21
  • Exercise Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and U.S. military. It is designed to test these armed forces in their planning and conducting of Combined and Joint Task Force operations

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  • VMFA-121 Celebrates 80th Anniversary
  • Happy 80th birthday to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 "Green Knights"! On June 24, VFMA-121 celebrated while deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations. These F-35B pilots and maintenance crews operate in the East China Sea aboard the

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  • HMS Queen Elizabeth and CSG21 passes through Suez Canal
  • The U.K.'s Carrier Strike Group 2021 Phase 2 commenced as HMS Queen Elizabeth passed through the Suez Canal on July 6. The passage through the world famous waterway marked the end of a six-week Phase 1 of exercises and operations in the Eastern Atlantic

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Lieutenant Commander Stuart Greenfield
  • Meet Lt. Cdr. Stuart Greenfield, a member of the F-35 Assistant Program Manager of Logistics (APML) team for the F-35B. This British native thinks it is important to share his F-35 experience with others since it is an exciting and unique place to work. more...

  • F-35s from Four Nations Integrate in Italian Exercise
  • The Italian-hosted exercise, Falcon Strike 21, is the latest in a series of events aimed at uniting U.S. and international F-35s. From June 7-15, U.S. Air Force F-35As will join U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs, F-35As and F-35Bs from the Italian Air Force, F-35Bs

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  • Checkered Flag 21-2 at Tyndall AFB
  • Checkered Flag, one of the largest air-to-air exercises in the Department of Defense, kicked off May 10 at Tyndall Air Force Base and wrapped up May 21. This large-scale aerial exercise is designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation aircraft to

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Lieutenant Commander Glenn Uy
  • Meet Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Uy, the Japan In-Country Liaison Officer at the F-35 Joint Program Office based in Tokyo, Japan. He began his Navy career thirty years ago. During the pandemic in Japan, one of his duties became to ease the stay for many mission

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  • VT ANG Participates in F-35 Testing in the U.K.
  • To safely prepare for the arrival of the 48th Fighter Wing's first F-35As later in 2021, the 134th Fighter Squadron and 158th Maintenance Group, Vermont Air National Guard, traveled to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, to perform tests alongside

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  • Hill's fighter wings deploy F-35 to France
  • On May 10, the 388th Fighter Wing deployed to Europe for the third time. F-35s from Hill Air Force Base touched down at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, France to participate in multiple events, including Atlantic Trident 21, that unites NATO allies to enhance

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  • Italian F-35s officially take on Ämari NATO duties
  • On May 3, Italian Air Force F-35s assumed responsibility of NATO Baltic Air Policing duties at Ämari base in Estonia. NATO Baltic Air Policing has been operational since 2004 when Estonia joined the alliance but this is the first time the F-35 is

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  • First Danish F-35s land at Luke AFB
  • Pilots from around the world participate in the F-35 training program to build better relationships with allies and strengthen fifth generation air defenses. On April 13, Royal Danish Air Force pilots delivered the first two RDAF F-35As to Luke Air Force

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  • Northern Thaw exercise concludes at Volk Field
  • Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Wisconsin is one of the premier training installations in the country. It has expansive airspace and the quality training simulations that made it perfect to host the two-week Northern Thaw exercise this April

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  • Denmark Welcomes First F-35
  • Congratulations to our Partner Denmark on the delivery of their first F-35A! On April 7, Denmark's first F-35A, L-001, was delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas facility. Denmark is the

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  • What is Laser Shock Peening?
  • The F-35 Joint Program Office, engineers at U.S. Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) in Cherry Point, N.C., and laser technology professionals are now using a high-tech procedure to strengthen the airframe of some F-35Bs. In February 2021, the first F-35B

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  • Tyndall AFB selected to host three F-35 squadrons
  • The U.S. Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base as the home for three new F-35A squadrons. Basing the F-35s at Tyndall ensures Airmen will continue to have a strategic advantage and will further the service's air superiority goals for 2030 and

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  • Exercise Tasman Shield demonstrates strong collaboration
  • Exercise Tasman Shield 21 has demonstrated the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) strong collaboration with its Navy. For three weeks, air and maritime assets joined together for integrated high-end warfighting training. According to the RAAF, this

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Mehvish Khan
  • The road that brought Mehvish Khan to the F-35 Joint Program Office is similar to what attracts others. It’s the unique structure that combines three U.S. Services, International Partners, and Foreign Military Customers. Let’s meet Mehvish

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  • Women's History Month: USAF Capt. Melanie Ziebart
  • During Women's History Month, we recognize U.S. Air Force Capt. Melanie Ziebart. She is one of a select few U.S. Air Force pilots to fly the F-35B with the U.S. Marine Corps aboard USS America in 2020. Learn more about the skills with the F-35 that make

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  • First At-Sea Power Module Replenishment Successful
  • Teamwork definitely makes the "dream work" as demonstrated by the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 and members of Carrier Air Wing 2. They successfully delivered an F-35C power module, or F135 engine, aboard USS

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  • Australia Declares Its Fleet Operational
  • Australia’s F-35A fleet can deploy on operations after Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was officially achieved on Dec. 28, 2020. For the last two years, the F-35A fleet has been rigorously tested to assess aircraft and system performance. The

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  • Norwegian F-35s Return to Iceland for NATO mission
  • F-35 Partner Norway returned to Iceland for NATO Air Policing in 2021. The purpose of the NATO mission is to provide air surveillance and interception coverage over Iceland to maintain the integrity of the NATO airspace. With the integration of the F-35,

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  • SpotLIGHTNING: Lt Jason Faulk
  • The F-35 Joint Program Office welcomed Lt Jason Faulk in 2019 when he joined the Office of the Chief Information Officer. He has demonstrated his project management savvy here within the field of software architecture, but there is more to this Virginia

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  • Remembering Ensign Jesse L. Brown, Trailblazer
  • Ensign Jesse L. Brown's persistence solidified him as a trailblazer in the aviation community. As the first Black man to complete the U.S. Navy's flight training program, his path to the milestone was met with skepticism. Eventually, Ensign For

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  • Successful 'Perfect Storm' Integrates Weapon Systems
  • The "Perfect Storm" took place in early January 2021. The Italian exercise integrated 4th and 5th generation weapon systems such as F-35As, F-35Bs, MQ-9 Predators and Eurofighters. The integration process between legacy and latest generation

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  • Denmark's First F-35 Pilot
  • Congratulations to our partner Denmark on their first F-35 pilot's inaugural flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The pilot, KIN, described the F-35 as "sending both the Air Force and the Armed Forces into a new era." The F-35 Enterprise has a

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  • USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali coast
  • Upon their arrival in December 2020, U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 are providing Close Air Support to the U.S. forces in East Africa. These F-35Bs, deployed off Somalia aboard amphibious assault ship USS

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  • Second F-35A Squadron Reactivates at Eielson AFB
  • Welcome to the second F-35A squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska! The 355th Fighter Squadron ‘Fighting Falcons' joined the 356th FS at a reactivation ceremony on December 18. The reactivation of the 355th FS bolsters the wing’s

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  • VMFA 314 Conducts F-35C Expeditionary Operations Demo
  • Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 conducted an F-35C expeditionary operations demonstration at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms, Calif., on December 3. Two of the squadron’s jets landed for the first time using

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  • Danish Air Force Joins Dutch in F-35 Exercise
  • Despite not receiving their F-35 until 2023, the Danish Air Force is taking advantage of opportunities to train with its F-35 partners in Danish airspace. During a recent exercise, a Danish F-16 joined Dutch F-35s in order to gain experience with the 5th

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  • 3rd MAW Advances Air Superiority with F-35C
  • Congratulations to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 on their declaration of IOC! Initial Operational Capability (IOC) means the Marines at Miramar are trained and ready to fly and support a full squadron of the 5th-generation fighters. Less than one year

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  • In ITAF First, F-35A and F-35B Fly In "Beast Mode"
  • On November 26, an Italian F-35A and F-35B of the 13° Gruppo (Flight Group) of the 32° Stormo (Wing) of Amendola flew with internal and external inert load for the first time. This configuration is often called "Beast Mode" and is a 

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  • LFTE 20.03 Sets Standard for Future Test Events
  • The Large Force Test Event (LFTE) 20.03 integrated ten weapons systems, including the F-35, F-22, F-15E, and F-16, during a joint operational test event designed to validate tactics in a combat environment. The LFTE, which took place in Nevada mid-November

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  • USNA Midshipmen Visit Strike Aircraft Test Squadron
  • As part of their visit to NAS Patuxent River, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Aerospace Engineering Department toured several aircraft to get a glimpse of naval aviation front and center. They got the opportunity to see the inside of an F-35C

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  • Eielson rapidly launches 12 F-35As during Arctic Gold
  • Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 21-1 on November 17 with its F-35A fleet at

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  • Spot Lightning: What's in a Name?
  • What's in a name? Senior Airman Eric Ruiz-Garcia is an F-35 dedicated crew chief (DCC) at Luke Air Force Base whose hard work recently got his name on an aircraft. He says that seeing his name on an F-35 reminds him "to stay grounded, to stay

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  • The Power of Partnership: Norway
  • For the future of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, the F-35 is key to keeping security, stability and predictability in the Arctic region. It creates a connection between its partner nations that strengthens each participant as they develop, produce, sustain

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  • X-35 History Inspires F-35 Capability
  • In her current position as the F-35 Joint Program Office’s Executive Director, Tanya Skeen recently reflected on her beginnings as a flight sciences engineer on the X-35 Program. "I never would have imagined, when I was a young engineer writing

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  • Royal Air Force Kicks Off Exercise Crimson Warrior
  • The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) kicked off Exercise Crimson Warrior, the largest military exercise to be run by the RAF in the United Kingdom for over a decade, in late October. Lasting a few weeks, Crimson Warrior provides realistic combat training and will

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  • First USAF pilot hits 1,000 flying hours in F-35A
  • Congratulations to Lt. Col. Jared "Vic" Santos on becoming the first U.S. Air Force pilot to reach 1,000 flying hours in an F-35A! Lt. Col. Santos reached this historic milestone during a training mission over the Utah Test and Training Range on

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  • ODIN Hardware Operating at MCAS Yuma
  • ODIN, or Operational Data Integrated Network, is a modernized hardware that aims to decrease maintainer workload. In September, Marines at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Ariz., completed the loading of a single squadron of F-35Bs on new

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  • 354th Fighter Wing completes Arctic Fox exercise
  • The U.S. Air Force 354th Fighter Wing completed the Arctic Fox exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on September 22. The five-day readiness exercise evaluates Eielson's cargo deployment function (CDF) for an F-35A operational deployment. As this

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  • Course Developed at Hill AFB Speeds Crew Chief Training
  • The F-35 Crew Chief Upgrade Training course was jointly developed by the 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 3 and the 388th Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base.

    The new three-week course alleviates the training backlog for new maintainers and

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  • Annual Northern Lightning Exercise Returns to Volk Field
  • Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Wisconsin is one of the premier training installations in the country due to its expansive airspace, which is used to simulate the combat environment for warfighters. Held from August 10-21, Northern Lightning is

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  • CMDx Interoperability Teamwork Test
  • By teaming together, we can reach new levels of interoperability! Dutch and U.S. F-35 partners completed the first Coalition Mission Data flight test at Luke Air Force Base in August.more...

  • Canopy Cut Test Success
  • Earlier this year, the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base had to conquer a challenge; obtaining new saws allowing first responders to cut through the F-35 canopy in case of system failure.

    The current tool, a K-12 circular saw, was

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  • Congratulations on 250!
  • Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force! They received their 250th F-35A at the end of July and soar onward in the ability to test, train and deploy with unmatched fifth generation airpower.more...

  • Partnership in the UK Skies!
  • UK's 617 Squadron F-35Bs welcomed Italian F-35As in an Interoperability Mission over the North Sea to refine Fighter Integration tactics between 4th and 5th generation air power.

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  • Airmen Head North for Red Flag Alaska
  • Airmen from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are heading north with the F-35A for three weeks of Red Flag Alaska alongside Air Force units at Eielson Air Force Base. However, Red Flag Alaska will be a bit different for Hill Air Force

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