Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr Named F-35 Program Deputy Director

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Randolph Mahr

Navy Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr has been appointed deputy director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, within the office of the defense under secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics.

A Monday Defense Department release said he currently serves as commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center‘s aircraft division and as assistant commander for research and engineering.

This appointment follows an August announcement that Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan would succeed Navy Rear Adm. David Venlet as director of the F-35 program, for which Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor.

Mahr, an 18-year Navy veteran, has previously led the Navy’s E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound programs.

According to the Navy, he was the first naval officer to serve as vice commandant at the Air Force Institute of Technology and subsequently served as chief of staff for the program executive officer for tactical aircraft programs.

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