Pacific F-35 Symposiums holds joint, combined expert panel discussions


U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Steven Rudder, U.S. Pacific Command’s Strategic Planning director, speaks with a Subject Matter Expert panel about F-35 Lightning II deployment operations during the Pacific F-35 Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 15, 2017. The symposium is a Pacific Air Forces-hosted event that brings together the four Pacific members of the F-35 program: Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. While attending the event, senior officers, warfighters and F-35 experts discussed a range of topics related to integrating the F-35 into multilateral air operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The U.S. currently flies the F-35B out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and is scheduled to field two additional squadrons at Eielson AFB, Alaska, starting in 2020. Australia and Japan are already flying their own F-35s and the ROK is projected to receive its first in 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. George Maddon)

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