Airmen can no longer bring their families with them on deployments to Turkey. Beginning Sept. 21, Air Force assignments to Turkey are now unaccompanied, 12-month tours, according to the announcement. Two-year accompanied deployments or 15-month unaccompanied tours will no longer occur. Airmen currently serving a 15-month tour will complete their assignments without curtailment or no later than Aug. 31, 2017. Civilians will also no longer be able to deploy to the country that borders Syria for 24 months, and any such tours will automatically be changed to a 12-month tour. The changes were “made taking into account the region’s current security environment and in consultation with the State Department and Turkish government,” according to the release. Turkey has been rocked by bombings and a ?failed coup attempt in recent months. In March, the Pentagon ordered the families of military personnel assigned to southern part of the country to leave due to security fears.
The F-35 Joint Program Office has officially announced plans to issue multiple sole-source contracts to Pratt & Whitney to upgrade the fighter’s F135 engine—a widely expected move after Pentagon officials indicated they would do so earlier this year instead of developing an entirely new engine.