US, Pacific Allies to Discuss F-35 at Hawaii Symposium

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The Pacific Air Forces is hosting a two-day inaugural F-35 symposium in Hawaii for U.S. allies and partners in the Pacific region to discuss efforts related to the Lockheed Martin-built joint strike fighter aircraft.

The Defense Department said Monday the event will take place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and bring together officials who oversee F-35 operations in the U.S., Australia, Japan, South Korea and eight other international partners.

PACAF’s symposium will include open discussions and briefings about F-35 activities such bed down, logistics, integration, sustainment and combat operations.

“We will continue to invest in the combat capability required to assure our ability to defend freedom and uphold the rules-based international order,” said Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, director of strategy, plans and programs at PACAF.

PACAF officials added that the symposium will offer an environment that can help increase cooperation and interoperatbility among countries that are part of the F-35 program.

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