A couple of Dover AFB, Del., civilian airmen have received the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for 2007, signifying their excellence as aircraft maintainers. The Air Force named Greg Long, with the 436th Maintenance Squadron, as civilian manager of 2007, and Raymond Smith, also of the 436th AMS, as civilian technician of 2007. Both have long careers with the service. Long served four years on active duty and 22 years as an Air Reserve Technician and has served eight years as a civilian maintainer. Smith retired from active duty after 24 years in the Air Force and has been working at Dover as a civilian for two years. (Dover report by A1C Shen-Chia Chu)
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.