TSgt. Leslie D. Williams, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Williams, an airman assigned to the 4th Maintenance Group at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., died on Tuesday due to a non-combat-related incident at Bagram Airfield, according to DOD.
The Pentagon awarded a contract worth over $2 billion for the next batch of F-35 engines to Pratt & Whitney on June 5. The deal for Lot 17 F135 engines, totaling $2.02 billion, is expected to be completed by December 2025.