Fifteen years after the Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin the initial contract to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational F-35A squadron is preparing for its first overseas deployment. The “Rude Rams” 34th Fighter Sqdn. here at Hill AFB, Utah, is gearing up to participate in a so-called theater security package (TSP) next year, squadron commander Lt. Col. George Watkins tells Aviation Week. The Air Force has not yet settled on a location, ...

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