Week of 5/7/2020

F-35s Honor COVID-19 First Responders

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 challenging times keeps our world safe and I commend you for your contributions.

In Utah, USAF F-35A Lightning II Demo Pilot, Capt. Kristin Wolfe said it best, “This flyover is our way of saluting those that are keeping our home front safe during these unique times. To provide just a small showcase of our appreciation to everyone that is doing their part to combat the virus and to say thank you for your sacrifice and service, to let everyone who has been affected by this pandemic know that we stand by you.”

I echo her words and encourage you to keep moving forward. You play a vital role in protecting our national security and I urge you to remember our mission. Better days are ahead.

Great Work Continues in the Outback

On the other side of the world, great work continues on the F-35 program. Our partners in Australia continue to help develop, build and maintain the F-35. Last week, one of our Australian suppliers, Marand Precision Engineering, delivered the 150th F-35 vertical tail.

In 2002, Marand joined the F-35 program and we received the first Australian-made F-35 vertical tail in 2014. I believe the strength of the F-35 program stems from our partners. Our partnership with Marand provides a prime example of the best value concept Australian industry offers to the F-35 program. To date, the F-35 enterprise has awarded over $1.2B in contracts to Australia industry and we expect the number to grow over time.

While producing the F-35 vertical tails, the great men and women at Marand also joined the fight against COVID-19. The Australian government knew Marand’s reputation and asked them to start ventilator production and join a large consortium to manufacture face masks. Amidst challenging circumstances, the team made a pivot to help those in need. Their work has saved many lives.

I am proud to call the folks at Marand our partners. Thank you for your efforts to not only support the program, but to rise to the challenge in the fight against COVID-19.

F-35 Team Receives 2020 DOD Environmental Excellence Award

On April 22, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced winners of the 2020 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, and our very own F-35 Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) Joint Service, Government-Prime contractor team was recognized.

The F-35 ESOH Team works with United States and international customers and regulations to mitigate system ESOH hazards. The team consists of many organizations including the Joint Program Office Environmental, Safety and Health Lead, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Research Lab, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. The team is responsible for integrating ESOH into F-35 systems engineering processes and acquisition strategies.

The award recognizes teams and individuals who provide, create and implement cost-effective environmental solutions. The F-35 ESOH Team has incorporated ESOH management policies and hazardous materials tracking into the entire F-35 Air System production and sustainment operations. Their work positively implements procedures to increase environmental safety and prevent pollution on the F-35 production line, flight line and beyond.

In Fort Worth, the team implemented a facility-wide lighting upgrade project, saving $1 million annually over the last two years. Internationally, the team led acoustic measurement efforts in the Netherlands and Norway to support certification of F-35 operations in hardened aircraft shelters. Stakeholders collected/analyzed data for the F-35 acoustic environment to develop/model community noise around installations in compliance with local environmental approved conditions.

Congratulations to the ESOH team! The award is well-deserved, keep up the great work.

ICYMI: May F-35 Fast Facts

The May Fast Facts are ready! This month the numbers tell a story of F-35 program maturity and your ability to Perform despite challenging circumstances. I encourage you to use F-35 Fast Facts for the most up-to-date F-35 program information.

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