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  • Maj. Gregory Summa, Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

    Maj. Gregory Summa, Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

    July 30, 2014 // Pilots
    "With the F-35 and its combination of stealth and fused combat missions, we can reduce dramatically the need for mission support aircraft in initial operations."

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  • Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy

    Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy

    July 30, 2014 // Officials
    "I'm absolutely certain in the delivery of credible, carrier strike capability. We will see a growth in commitment to F-35s to meet the maximum value that the [U.K.] government would want to derive from the strategic assets they have bought and are paying for."

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  • Doug Fisher

    July 29, 2014 // Supporters
    "I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military. Their support ensures that our military personnel here and abroad are equipped with the equipment and capabilities need to keep our nation safe. [...] One example is our Senators ongoing support for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, that will keep the U.S. at the forefront and dominant in air defense technology. Not only is this new aircraft skillful in countering potential adversaries, it is also designed to require less maintenance and support than our aging legacy fighters, which will translate into across-the-board savings for our country."

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  • Frank Kendall, U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    Frank Kendall, U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    July 25, 2014 // Officials
    "For both [the U.S. and Australia, the F-35] program represents an exponential leap in capability on the cutting edge of technology, and an integral component of our ongoing joint commitment to stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific."

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  • Air Marshall Geoff Brown, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force

    Air Marshall Geoff Brown, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force

    July 25, 2014 // Officials
    "The F-35 is perhaps the greatest opportunity for evolutionary change the [Royal Australian Air Force] has been presented. We’re introducing into service a revolutionary capability, and our evolution as a force must align with the opportunities this offers us."

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  • Colonel Todd Canterbury, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force

    Colonel Todd Canterbury, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force

    July 25, 2014 // OfficialsPilots
    "It’s been a unique and fortunate opportunity for us to train with the Marines here [at Eglin AFB]. We’ve been able to partner together and learn a great deal from each other. These lessons have definitely made the F-35 program stronger and helped to lay the foundation for all services on the way we operate the F-35."

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  • Lt. Col. Joseph Bachmann, Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501

    Lt. Col. Joseph Bachmann, Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501

    July 17, 2014 // Pilots
    "The F-35 is the most advanced fighter in the world. The best part about this airplane getting here today is for the Marines to start working on completing the maintenance training and getting ready to start organic operations within the end of the year."

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  • Rep. Jack Williams, Alabama House of Representatives

    Rep. Jack Williams, Alabama House of Representatives

    June 16, 2014 // Politicians
    "While American air superiority is a global fact today, there is no guarantee it will be maintained in the future. That’s why the Pentagon is investing now to replace our country’s aging fleet of fourth-generation fighters with the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II, a process that injects more than $12 million into Alabama’s economy. Our current fleet of aircraft has served us well, from the mid-1970s when the first fourth-generation fighter went into service (F-14 Tomcat), to today. But the F-35 is what will carry us into the future. It is a multi-role combat aircraft that combines radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speed capabilities and fighter agility. The aircraft tracks and transmits data from its entire battle space so threats can be identified, shared with coalition forces and neutralized quickly from long-range. [...] The bottom line is this: the fourth generation fighters just cannot keep up in this dangerous world, but the F-35 Lightning II Program will help our country stay safe long into the future."

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  • U.S. Kay Granger

    Kay Granger, U.S. Representative

    June 12, 2014 // Politicians
    "I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies."

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  • Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense

    Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense

    May 31, 2014 // Officials
    "South Korea also intends to acquire the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- which means that America and its most capable allies in this region, including Australia and Japan, will soon be operating the world's most advanced, fifth-generation tactical aircraft."

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