Jason Bohager is a proud United States Marine. While he's no longer on active duty, his service to his country continues today at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona where he leads Pratt & Whitney's support team for the F135, the engine powering the most sophisticated military fighter jet in U.S. history, the F-35 Lightning II.
Jason Bohager: I'm excited to come to work every day.
My office is a flight line with the most advanced fighter aircraft, the most sophisticated propulsion systems. When people ask me what I do for a living, I proudly tell them that I work on the F135 propulsion system for Pratt & Whitney and I'm out stationed with Marines helping them support the platform.
It's not a bad place to come to work at all.
Marine #1: I've known Jason since 2001. He's very confident …
Marine #2: Knowledgeable …
Female Colleague: Hardworking …
Marine #2: Flexible …
Female Colleague: Dependable.
Marine #2: Dependable.
Marine #1: Very dependable.
Marine #2: He works days, nights … whenever he has to make sure that the Marines in the shop have what they need to get the job done.
Marine #2: The F135 engine for the F-35 aircraft, it allows us to execute our missions … both air-to-surface and air-to-air missions.
That engine empowers the pilots, it empowers the squadron, ultimately empowering freedom.
His participation in that and the ability to interact with our Marines is critical to our success.
Jason Bohager: The journey from initial stand-up with the squadron here in Yuma to IOC, it's been very busy but very exciting, and now it's a fully functioning unit. My workload initially was a lot of training and assistance, and it's transitioned over time just as they've grown, I've grown as well.
Jason Bohager: The most impressive thing about the F135 engine are certainly the people behind it. There are a lot of people who work a lot of hours to support the customer and the Marine Corps. The F135 engine is imperative to our freedom.