Marines Injured In Fire At Air Station Miramar

Cesar Mills
June 26, 2017

Two marines were severely burned Sunday night after a fighter jet exploded while they were conducting routine maintenance at a San Diego air station.

The $400 billion F-35 program is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system in history.

"Even though every (military occupational specialty) supports the infantry, the rear units need protection as well, and that is why this exercise is putting so much effort in training the squadron in air base ground defense", Marine squad leader and combat engineer Sergeant Ian Campbell said in the release.

Citing "anomalies" detected in the Autonomic Logistics Information System, he had grounded the the Wake Island Avengers the day before.

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F-35 flight operations have resumed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, the service announced late Friday. The JPO with LM will continue to monitor and improve ALIS performance to ensure our warfighters have the required F-35 air systems to operate safely and effectively.

Problems continue to plague the F-35 program, which has become the most expensive defense project in USA history. Kurt Stahl, Miramar's public affairs director.

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and frequent critic of the F-35's development challenges, said he was "concerned" about the suspension. "I am in close communication with the Marine Corps and Joint Program Office as they work to identify the root cause of these issues and resolve them as quickly as possible".

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