President Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger to receive a fourth star for her next assignment as commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, announced the Pentagon on Monday. With the Senate’s nod, Wolfenbarger would become the Air Force’s first-ever female four-star general, USAF officials confirmed to the Daily Report. She would replace Gen. Donald Hoffman, who has led AFMC since November 2008 and is expected to retire from the Air Force after some 38 years of service. Since September, Wolfenbarger has been the military deputy in the Air Force Secretariat’s acquisition shop. She is no stranger to AFMC, having served at its vice commander from December 2009 to September 2011 and completed several senior assignments there, such as overseeing the B-2 System Program Office and commanding the C-17 Systems Group. (See also AFPS report by Lisa Daniel.)
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.