Program Executive Office - F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense's focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.
The JSFs advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters across the globe.
Lt. Gen. Eric T. Fick, USAF
Program Executive Officer - F-35 Lightning II Program
Lieutenant General Eric T. Fick entered the Air Force in September of 1990 as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC Detachment 225, Notre Dame, Indiana. He has served as a logistics plans and programs officer, F-16 mechanical systems engineer, computational fluid dynamics research engineer, Joint System Program Office Chief of Test, Air Staff Branch Chief, and as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Office. Additionally, he has logged more than 350 hours in the T-38, F-15, F-16, and other military and civilian experimental aircraft. He has commanded at the squadron and group level and served twice as an Air Force Program Executive Officer.
Prior to his current assignment, Fick was the Director of Global Reach Programs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, where he was responsible for the $5.6B airlift, air refueling, training, and special operations programs portfolio. In May 2017, he became the Deputy Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, VA. The F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office is the Department of Defense's agency responsible for developing and acquiring the F-35A/B/C, the next-generation strike aircraft weapon system for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and may allied nations.
Fick holds a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a second master's of military operational art & science from Air Command and Staff College, and a third master's of science in National Resource Strategy; a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering; he successfully completed Squadron Officer School; was the distinguished graduate at the Experimental Flight Test Engineer Course; a graduate of the Air War College; completed the Program Management Office Course; completed Senior Acquisition Course; Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar; Program Manager's Course; and most recently completed the Executive Program Manager's Course.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various unit and service awards.
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