General Manager Weekly Update

  • Week of 9/24/2020

    Week of 9/24/2020

    Last week, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed several certifications. They included the flight deck certification (FDC) and carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) certification. This comes after a week of flight deck operations designed to ready the carrier for future operations. The event marks the first time…

  • Week of 9/17/2020

    Week of 9/17/2020

    This week, the F-35 Program was front and center at the annual Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference (AFA). Due to COVID-19, the conference took place virtually this year. I enjoyed the opportunity to virtually meet with our customers and talk about the great work happening on the F-35 Program.

  • Week of 9/10/2020

    Week of 9/10/2020

    Last week, after an incredible 40-year aviation career, F-35 Test Pilot, Billie Flynn flew the F-35 for the last time. During his career, Billie flew in more than 80 aircraft and spent over 5,000 hours in the sky. Over the years, Billie has become one of the most prominent and vocal advocates of 5th Generation…

  • Week of 9/3/2020

    Week of 9/3/2020

    Last week, Eielson Air Force Base celebrated "Laurel Day," in honor of an F-35 employee. Since April, Laurel Tatsey has worked every single F-35 flight and mission at Eielson Air Force Base. She is the only employee at Eielson with the program clearances necessary to provide off-board mission planning environment…

  • Week of 8/27/2020

    Week of 8/27/2020

    This week, we came together for an F-35 All Hands. I got the chance to step through the F-35 Program and discuss how we’re delivering airpower today. The F-35 Program continues to expand, Perform and meet customer commitments.

  • Week of 8/21/2020

    Week of 8/21/2020

    This month, American and Israeli F-35s trained together for “Enduring Lightning II,” the second bilateral exercise between the two countries. The exercise took place over Southern Israel with F-35s from the U.S. Air Forces Central Command and the Israeli Air Force.

  • Week of 8/13/2020

    Week of 8/13/2020

    In May, I wrote to you about our decision to implement a temporary adjusted work schedule on the Fort Worth F-35 Production Line. We implemented the adjusted schedule to staff the production line to meet a slower workflow resulting from supplier delays. Most importantly, the adjusted work schedule retained and protected…

  • Week of 08/6/2020

    Week of 08/6/2020

    Last week, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) accepted the 250th F-35A from the F-35 Program. The USAF is the largest F-35 operator and their program of record includes 1,763 F-35As.

  • Week of 7/30/2020

    Week of 7/30/2020

    COVID-19 continues to reshape F-35 operations worldwide, and the men and women at Eielson Air Force Base are not exceptions. This month, Eielson Air Force Base closed for runway maintenance and found a way to continue their mission in the Last Frontier.

  • Week of 7/23/2020

    Week of 7/23/2020

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to represent the men and women of Lockheed Martin before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee met to discuss F-35 maintenance challenges and our work to sustain the F-35 fleet.

    Our conversation focused on Electronic Equipment Logbooks (EELS) and Ready-For-Issue…

  • Week of 7/16/2020

    Week of 7/16/2020

    Last week, the F-35 Program made history yet again. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a $23 billion F-35 deal for Japan. Lockheed Martin will begin negotiations after Congress approves the sale. This deal marks the second-largest U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) in history. The sale will make…

  • Week of 7/9/2020

    Week of 7/9/2020

    Throughout the United States, we continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. I've said it once, and I will repeat it. Your health and safety during these challenging times remain my number one priority. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work and in our community, I ask you to wear a facial covering at work and…