General Manager Weekly Update

  • Week of 7/2/2020

    Week of 7/2/2020

    This weekend, I hope you take time to relax, recharge and safety celebrate Independence Day. While celebrations will look different this year, I encourage you to take your eyes to the sky because the F-35 will partake in several flyovers across the United States.

  • Week of 6/25/2020

    Week of 6/25/2020

    Every June, we come together and recognize and celebrate Pride Month globally. Pride Month reminds us to promote diverse voices and perspectives and to create an environment where everyone feels respect and can reach their full potential. This month, I urge you to support, champion and be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Week of 6/18/2020

    Week of 6/18/2020

    Tomorrow in the United States, we celebrate Juneteenth – a commemoration of the end of slavery. Juneteenth is a day of reflection, education and connection, and a time to highlight the community's resilience and solidarity. It also serves as a reminder of the work yet to be done. Today, Juneteenth provides a valuable…

  • Week of 6/11/2020

    Week of 6/11/2020

    This week, I want to share a message from Lt. Gen. Eric Fick, USAF, F-35 Program Executive Officer. He recorded a video to thank every F-35 team member for their steadfast work and commitment to the F-35 program, especially with the uncertainty of COVID-19. I encourage you to click here to watch his video.

  • Week of 6/4/2020

    Week of 6/4/2020

    This week, I write to you saddened and angered by the death of George Floyd and the events following. This incident is not the first senseless racist act of oppression to take place in the United States and we cannot turn a blind eye and accept it as normal. I feel deeply for those suffering pain from this tragedy and…

  • Week of 5/28/2020

    Week of 5/28/2020

    Last week, I announced our path forward to mitigate COVID-19 related supplier delays and better support social distancing on the F-35 Production Line. We began these efforts this week by implementing the temporary, adjusted work schedule for F-35 Production Employees in Fort Worth. Despite these changes, the F-35…

  • Week of 5/21/2020

    Week of 5/21/2020

    Over the last few months, I have shared with you the impacts COVID-19 has had on the F-35 program. With your health and safety at the forefront, the F-35 program continues to monitor and respond to these new challenges. Today, we see a rise in COVID-19 related supplier delays. Due to this, the F-35 leadership team, in…

  • Week of 5/14/20

    Week of 5/14/20

    This week, I want to highlight what our customers are saying about your hard work in the new COVID-19 world. We've maintained operations and adapted to find new ways to meet their critical missions. Every day we receive positive feedback on your continuous efforts to drive the program forward. Our Chairman and CEO,…

  • Week of 5/7/2020

    Week of 5/7/2020

    Across the United States, Lockheed Martin aircraft, including the F-35, C-130, F-22 and F-16 took to the skies to honor COVID-19 first responders and healthcare workers. Images like this make me proud of the work we do every day to build the aircraft that safeguard our skies and inspire Americans. Your work during these…

  • Week of 4/30/2020

    Week of 4/30/2020

    Across the country, states are beginning to take measures to reopen the U.S. economy. As we enter this new chapter, I want to discuss how the F-35 program plans to move forward. Lockheed Martin will pursue a phased approach to adapt our business operations. We will continue to coordinate with health and safety officials…

  • Week of 4/23/2020

    Week of 4/23/2020

    This week, Lockheed Martin and Aeronautics reported strong financial results amidst a tough quarter for everyone. I want to discuss with you some of the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the F-35 program. We have received notifications from all of our suppliers. A limited subset of the suppliers are identifying risk of…

  • Week of 4/16/2020

    Week of 4/16/2020

    This week, the F-35 program lost one of our own. Claude Daniels, a Material Handler on the F-35 Production Line, passed away after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. On behalf of the entire F-35 enterprise, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Week of 4/9/2020

    Week of 4/9/2020

    This week, I hosted an F-35 leader call to share updates and to consider future F-35 COVID-19 challengesand impacts. I emphasized that the F-35 program, Aeronautics and Lockheed Martin remain strong. Our team stands ready to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Like I’ve said before, I believe now more than ever,…

  • Week of 4/2/2020

    Week of 4/2/2020

    The F-35 program continues to operate despite COVID-19 constraints and challenges. To date, we have seen minimal impacts and I commend the entire team for your ability to come together and perform with excellence amid uncertainty at home and around the world.

  • Week of 3/26/2020

    Week of 3/26/2020

    In this time of uncertainty, I want to provide an update on how the program continues to address COVID-19. My number one priority will always remain your health and safety. Because of our unique role in national security, we are asked by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to keep normal…

  • Week of 3/19/2020

    Week of 3/19/2020

    Last week, I provided a Coronavirus (COVID-19) and F-35 program update. Amidst the 24/7 news cycle, I think it’s important to continue to share information during this time.The Fort Worth production line continues to produce F-35s for our customers around the world. This week, I walked our line and spoke with…

  • Week of 3/12/2020

    Week of 3/12/2020

    I know all of you have been tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news recently. I would like to provide an update on its F-35 program impact. We continue to coordinate with health officials and ask all employees with potential exposure to COVID-19 to work remotely and self-quarantine. We continue to monitor all…

  • Week of 3/5/2020

    Week of 3/5/2020

    This week, we delivered the 500th F-35. The 500th shows the maturity of the F-35 program and our readiness for full-rate production. I commend you for your work to produce these jets and keep 'em flying. The 500th F-35 is a U.S. Air Force F-35A. The aircraft will call the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Vermont…

  • Week of 2/28/2020

    Week of 2/28/2020

    This week I am in Orlando, Fla., where I am meeting with U.S. Air Force and defense leaders to discuss the game-changing capabilities the F-35 brings to the battlespace. AFA comes at an exciting time for the F-35 program, as we approach three significant milestones. In a few weeks we will deliver the 500th F-35 and…

  • Week of 2/13/2020

    Week of 2/13/2020

    This week, two F-35As from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, arrived in Finland to participate in the 2020 HX Challenge - the Finnish Air Forces’ (FINAF) series of flight evaluation trials. These evaluations will help Finland choose its next fighter aircraft to help protect its sovereignty for the next 50 years and beyond.

  • Week of 2/6/2020

    Week of 2/6/2020

    Last week, Poland signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the purchase of 32 F-35A aircraft, becoming the latest nation to join the F-35 family. With this acquisition, Poland is the 14th country and 10th NATO member to select the F-35, a testament to the U.S. and Polish governments’ confidence in our program’s…

  • Week of 1/30/2020

    Week of 1/30/2020

    On Jan. 22, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar received its first F-35C. The USMC safeguards the skies and seas around the world and was the first service to declare Initial Operational Capability (IOC), in July 2015. Marine Fight Attack Squadron 314, known as the "Black Knights," takes the honor as the first USMC…

  • Week of 1/24/2020

    Week of 1/24/2020

    This week, the F-35 enterprise announced a program first. In Dec. 2019, two U.S. Air Force F-35As successfully integrated with the U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). This integration shows the F-35’s ability to provide airborne sensor capability and detect, track and intercept…

  • Week of 1/16/20

    Week of 1/16/20

    Last week, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger visited the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth facility for a production line tour and to meet with employees. Rep. Granger represents Texas’ 12th Congressional District, which contains the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth facility.

  • Week of 1/9/2020

    Week of 1/9/2020

    On Monday, the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base executed the mother of all elephant walks as 52 F-35s launched as part of an air combat exercise. This exercise pushes the boundaries and tests the ability of the wings to rapidly deploy.

  • Week of 12/19/2019

    Week of 12/19/2019

    Today, we hit 126 2019 F-35 deliveries. This means we are 5 away from meeting our 2019 F-35 Deliveries Commitment. We anticipate we will reach this milestone over the holiday break. This year, Team Aero and the F-35 Nation came together and delivered on our commitments for our customers.

  • Week of 12/12/2019

    Week of 12/12/2019

    Thank you for joining the F-35 All Hands on Tuesday. I appreciate you taking the time to receive F-35 enterprise updates and look ahead to the challenges we face in 2020. I spoke to you from the RMS Global Innovation Center in Orlando, Fla. I was in Orlando to visit with Aero ALIS employees and the RMS F-35 training…

  • Week of 11/22/2019

    Week of 11/22/2019

    There are no slow weeks on the F-35 program, and in our march to the end of the year we have welcomed many visitors to the F-35 production line. On Monday, the Alaska Delegation came to Fort Worth to sign the bulkhead for AF-236 (aka Alaska One) which is set to be the first F-35 to arrive at Eielson Air Force Base in…

  • Week of 11/14/2019

    Week of 11/14/2019

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to testify on Capitol Hill on behalf of Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Lightning II industry team. I spoke alongside Matthew Bromberg, President of Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney, at the U.S. House Armed Services Subcommittees on Readiness and Tactical Air and Land Forces. We spoke to…

  • Week of 10/31/2019

    Week of 10/31/2019

    This week, the F-35 program made history. We announced the F-35 Lot 12-14 contract with the Pentagon. This is the biggest F-35 contract of all time and covers 478 total F-35s. This achieves our long-standing affordability target of $80 million by 2020, one year ahead of schedule.

  • Week of 10/17/2019

    Week of 10/17/2019

    This week, I want to share some positive customer feedback. The 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill Air Force Base announced that this summer nearly 70 F-35As conducted successful operations on three continents and in nine countries. These F-35s supported multiple combatant commanders and completed every mission.

  • Week of 10/10/2019

    Week of 10/10/2019

    Last month, the Acceptance Test Facility (ATF) cleared its 500th F-35. Another key milestone demonstrating our program maturity, progress and readiness to ramp to full rate production. The ATF uses industry-leading technology to provide a full-scale aircraft test that verifies each F-35 meets its radar cross section…

  • Week of 9/26/2019

    Week of 9/26/2019

    Last month, the Panther Beast Competition took place at Luke Air Force Base where Pilots and maintainers demonstrated the F-35s weapons capacity and mission readiness. Pilots flew 50 miles to acquire and destroy 6 to 12 targets in 45 minutes. The most accurate pilot was crowned the "Panther Beast.”

  • Week of 9/19/2019

    Week of 9/19/2019

    Today, the Air National Guard received its first two F-35s in Burlington, Vermont. This milestone truly signifies a changing of the guard and marks a new era of air power. “The arrival of the F-35 is a significant milestone for the Green Mountain Boys of the Vermont Air National Guard and state of Vermont. The…

  • Week of 9/13/2019

    Week of 9/13/2019

    This week, I would like to highlight two American hero’s. On Saturday, C.E. “Bud” Anderson and Dean “Diz” Laird visited the Lockheed Martin display at the Tailhook Symposium in Reno, Nevada. Bud and Diz were childhood friends, fellow Boy Scouts and later became World War II flying aces together. Both men made…

  • Weekof 9/5/2019

    Weekof 9/5/2019

    Today I am writing to you from Poland where I am attending Miedzynarodowy Salon Przemyslu Obronnego, which means, International Defence Industry Exhibition, known to conference goers as MSPO. Lockheed Martin and 600 other companies from 31 nations are together to discuss how to partner to meet rising global threats.