Defense News reports that U.S. Air Force Gen. Christopher Bogdan will be named as head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office on Dec. 6. Bogdan is currently the F-35 deputy program manager. In August, he was nominated to head the program by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He takes over for retiring Vice Adm. David Venlet. (Source: Defense News, 12/04/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.