HomeNewsArticle Display

Harrigian cites sustainment center’s F-35 support

Mike Opela, the 544th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron director, discusses the process of modifying a Marine short take off and vertical landing F135 engine with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, the director of the F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters Air Force, during a visit to the Air Force Sustainment Center and Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex where the modification is performed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marlin Zimmerman)

Mike Opela, the 544th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron director, discusses the process of modifying a Marine short take off and vertical landing F135 engine with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, the director of the F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters Air Force, during a visit to the Air Force Sustainment Center and Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex where the modification is performed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marlin Zimmerman)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) -- 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’s headquarters here July 10.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, the director of the F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters Air Force, said he is impressed by the work being done in AFSC.

"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," he 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 Defense Department agencies, was briefed by 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,” Harrigian said. “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.”

During the visit, Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II, the AFSC commander, briefed the AFSC Way, a 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 engines.

In addition to the F-35 depot maintenance operations at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, which recently completed the first depot-level short take off and vertical landing modifications on two F-35Bs 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 that 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 sustainment focus.

Engage

Twitter
RT @DefenseOne: JOIN US TODAY @ 2 P.M. ET when our “State of Defense” series continues with a live interview featuring U.S. Air Force Chief…
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Teaching service members how to effectively shoot weapons. That’s the job of Combat Arms Training and Management. Watch…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Team - 25 years ago today, we lost 24 U.S. & Canadian Airmen in the Yukla 27 crash. It was a surveillance training so…
Twitter
Taking care of Airmen and their families! https://t.co/AVeidzDPcV
Twitter
Wherever Airmen go, the Federal Voting Assistance Program ensures their voice is heard. @FVAP works to ensure servi… https://t.co/tkJts1yo3Z
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: For #HispanicHeritageMonth, we're celebrating the stories of Hispanic & Latino Airmen! @188thWG SSgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez…
Twitter
#TotalForce Airmen participate in night operations during a base-wide, total force exercise @HAFB. Airmen & pilots… https://t.co/kJYNKwHY7n
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: California fires/smoke no match for UTA Airmen - https://t.co/pJysQ6snRh (Story by the @940Wing) #ReserveReady #ReserveRes
Twitter
Whistleblowers are NOT insider threats. Learn the difference and how you can appropriately report questionable gove… https://t.co/AaTvBfHcTv
Twitter
SrA Denise Arabie, 319th Operations Support Squadron radar approach controller @319thRW, describes the importance o… https://t.co/zkwMx6Qw3i
Twitter
RT @173rdFW: "I may have lost everything, but thanks to the support we’ve found here, I’m going to be back on my feet inside of a few weeks…
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official sat down and discussed how the Air Force will continue exempting Airmen from PT t… https://t.co/bWVig9fSOW
Twitter
SrA Mark Gonzalez describes how his job enables the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to support the Bomber Task Force depl… https://t.co/sceKCtM3Pz
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Our Airmen come from all walks of life — and we are stronger for it. Staff Sgt. Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS…
Twitter
“It's critical to have that diversity in the Air Force that we have today because it is truly through that diversit… https://t.co/RIDQDjdlCr
Twitter
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron @EielsonAirForce takeoff in support of exercise Valia… https://t.co/cf0raGgEUD
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: "This test, and others like it, can shape the future of the MQ-9, as we continue to increase its relevance in great power com…
Twitter
"We cannot rest on our laurels. It is all about the people, folks, and they will guarantee our readiness, and are f… https://t.co/BsNDUSw0wE
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT Airmen and coalition partners are executing missions of national, regional and global importance and Exercise Desert…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,281,142
Follow Us