The Air Force as a whole, and the Joint Strike Fighter
program specifically, took giant steps toward acquiring new leadership on Aug.
2. That day, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) lifted his hold on Gen. Mark Welsh's
nomination, clearing the way for Welsh to take over as Air Force Chief of
Staff. Cornyn had placed that hold over concern about the service's sexual
assault scandal in Texas. And Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan will soon
pin on a third star and fill the hot seat as the Joint Strike Fighter's program
executive officer, marking Bogdan's second promotion in less than a year.
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