Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) underlined a number of advantages Wright-Patterson AFB and the Dayton metropolitan area offer in explaining the Air Force’s recent decision to select the installation as the preferred location for a product support office for the F-35 program. The F-35 Lightning II Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) organization is expected to bring 400 jobs to the base. Wright-Patterson came out in front following a competitive selection process due to three primary factors, Portman said:
- the region’s high-tech workforce;
- synergies with other activities, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center; and
- the low cost of living in the Dayton area.
“We’ve won some and we’ve lost some,” Portman told the Dayton Daily News. Overall, we’ve won more than we’ve lost in part because during the last BRAC we did consolidate at Wright-Patt and so there’s some efficiency you get from the fact that we already have so much going on at the base. It’s the biggest logistics base in the country for the Air Force and that helps us,” Portman said.
The F-35 Lightning II HPSI organization is responsible for integrating support across the supply chain, maintenance, sustainment engineering, logistics information technology and training disciplines for the entire F-35 enterprise, including joint and international partners. Officials said Robins AFB, Ga., was named as a reasonable alternative, according to a press release. The current F-35 HPSI organization was established in 2016 in Crystal City, Va., at the F-35 Joint Program Office.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory Payne