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