To stem a rise in airmen suicides, Air Combat Command has launched a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Program, a proactive, multifaceted initiative to support those who feel weighed down by the physical burdens and emotional stresses of the enduring wars. “We are a nation at war and the demands placed on our people and their families are higher than ever,” Gen. William Fraser, ACC commander, told attendees Feb. 19 at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. He said the program aims to improve airmen’s well-being at all levels—physical, mental, social, and spiritual—strengthen their readiness, and enhance the balance in their lives “before irrevocable damage occurs.” He said these are not just hollow buzz words; rather, they reflect ACC’s highest priority: taking care its people. (Comprehensive Airman Fitness Program Web page)
The Pentagon awarded a $2.02 billion contract for Lot 17 of F-35 engines to contractor Pratt & Whitney on June 5. Work on the F135 engine is expected to be completed by December 2025.