by 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
7/10/2015 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma -- The
head of the Air Force's F-35 Lightning II integration team cited the
Air Force Sustainment Center's overall joint-strike fighter support
during a visit to the center headquarters here today.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, said he is impressed by the work being done
"I am exceedingly impressed by the people and the work they're doing to
support this incredibly important weapon system for our Air Force and
the nation," the general said. "From an operator's perspective, we don't
often get to see the underpinnings of a weapon system and all that it
takes to make it successful."
The general, who is responsible for integrating F-35 activities across
air staff directorates, sister services, the Joint Program Office and
other Department of Defense agencies, was briefed by the AFSC leadership
on the center's extensive sustainment and logistics support programs.
"I've learned a tremendous amount today about all the things the AFSC is
doing not only for the F-35 program but really across the Air Force at
large. And I think we are, as the F-35 program, really just touching the
edges of what the AFSC can provide us. I think there is a whole lot
more we can tap into," Harrigian said.
During the visit, AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II, briefed the AFSC
Way, an Air Force Sustainment Center program designed to continuously
improve the center's ability to deliver combat power faster, with higher
quality and at less cost.
"We have changed the way the Air Force generates combat power for
America," Levy said. "We have freed ourselves from a culture of 'this is
how we have always done it' and embraced the Art of the Possible to
enhance speed, quality, and safety while reducing life cycle costs."
Harrigian toured the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center facilities,
focusing on the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center and F135 engine test cell
which recently completed engine modifications on 10 Marine Corps F135
In addition to the F-35 depot maintenance operations at the Ogden Air
Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah, which recently completed the first
depot-level modifications on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps, the
OC-ALC performs heavy maintenance on the F135 engine as well as
providing organic software development and support. The F-35 program
also requires aggressive supply chain support.
"Seeing what the team is doing here from the F135 to the software
development capabilities, there is a whole lot of capability out there,
particularly for the F-35 that I need to be able to take back and have
that discussion with the program office, the Marines and Navy to make
sure corporately we are making the best decisions to move this weapon
system forward," Harrigian said.
Levy added the work done by the OC-ALC and OO-ALC on the Marines Corps'
engines and aircraft is just one of the aspects of the F-35 program that
showcases the AFSC's ability to generate financial efficiencies and
industrial base benefits for the U.S., partner nations and Foreign
Military Sales customers through economies of scale and a global