Navy Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, deputy program executive officer for the Defense Department‘sÂ F-35 joint program office, has been nominated to serve as the next leaderÂ of F-35 JPO.
President Donald Trump also recommended Winter for promotionÂ to the rank of vice admiral, the PentagonÂ said Tuesday.
Defense News reportedÂ Winter, if confirmed by the Senate, willÂ succeed Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan whenÂ the latter retires this summer.
Lockheed Martin-builtÂ F-35 aircraft variants forÂ the U.S. Marine Corps and the Air Force achievedÂ initial operating capability status during Bogdan’s tenure at theÂ program office, according to the report byÂ Valerie Insinna and Aaron Mehta.
Winter previously served as chief of naval research; director of innovation technology requirements, test and evaluation; program executive officerÂ for unmanned aviation and strike weapons; and assistant commander for test and evaluation at the Naval Air Systems Command.
He also held the roles ofÂ executive assistant to the F-35 program director and chief engineer for JSF integrated flight and propulsion control.
His assignments have included serviceÂ aboard aircraft carriers USS Saratoga, USS America, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS George Washington.