The first F-35A produced for Turkey is unveiled during a June 2018 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility. The aircraft, which is currently conducting training at Luke AFB, Ariz., will not be delivered to Turkey this summer as expected, unless the country opts not to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system. Lockheed Martin photo.
Trump is Still Pushing for a Red, White, and Blue Air Force OneThe White House is pressing ahead with President Donald Trump’s demand that Boeing Co. paint new Air Force One jets red, white, and blue, replacing the blue-and-white pattern used since the early 1960s.
BloombergTanker Directorate Gets New PEOBrig. Gen. John Newberry assumed leadership as program executive officer for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Tanker Directorate, during a May 31 ceremony presided over by Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Newberry replaces Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, who is leaving to become vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center headquartered at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
USAF releaseLt. Gen. David H. Berger Confirmed as Next Marine Corps CommandantLt. Gen. David H. Berger was confirmed by the Senate on June 5 to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps TimesAir Force Reports Progress in Missile Defense Satellite ProgramsSBIRS-4 has been declared fully operational. Next-gen OPIR has passed several design reviews.
Space NewsThis Soldier is About to Be the Iraq War’s First Living Medal of Honor RecipientOn his 29th birthday, back in 2004, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia almost single-handedly fought off a nest of insurgents during the second Battle of Fallujah, in Iraq. Later this month, he’s set to see the Silver Star he received for that action upgraded to a Medal of Honor, which would make him one of now seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor, all which have been awarded posthumously to date.
Raytheon and United Technologies Agree to All-Stock Merger That Would Create Aerospace Behemoth The combination would bring together United Technologies booming aerospace business that makes everything from jet engines, cockpit controls and airplane seats with Tomahawk missile maker Raytheon.
CNBCOne More Thing…Thule Air Base: Inside the US’s northernmost military base in GreenlandThe US’s northernmost military base is the Thule Air Base in Greenland, which was strategically, yet illicitly, established to offer the Danish colonies protection from Germany in World War II. Today, the base is used for monitoring space for defence purposes.
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