Among the five military facilities accorded the Commander in Chief’s installation excellence awards is Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. According to an April 23 Pacific Air Forces release, Elmendorf was pitted against Dover AFB, Del., in the final round. PACAF noted it is the sixth time the command has earned top USAF base honors. The Pentagon also recently released the Secretary of Defense environmental award winners, including Hill AFB, Utah, for environmental restoration—installation; Stephen Sieber at Eglin AFB, Fla., for natural resources; Regina Butler at Patrick AFB, Fla., for environmental restoration—individual/team; and the Acquisition Environmental and Occupational Health Risk Management Branch with the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for excellence in weapons system acquisition—team. (PACAF release; DOD installation excellence release; DOD environmental awards release)
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.