This Air Force General Passing Out During an F-35 Brief is the Perfect Metaphor for the Program


Don’t lock your knees, sir. (C-SPAN video)


Normally, James Martin is the very model of a modern major general. But the Air Force officer, who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, recently collapsed at the podium while answering questions about the F-35.

Air Force Deputy for Budget Carolyn Gleason held Maj. Gen. Martin up, while aides came to help Martin, who regained his senses seconds later.

“That’s what the F-35 will do to you,” Gleason laughed.

The struggle over at the USAF Budget Office is real.


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  • Leon Suchorski

    I don’t know about being a metaphor for the program, but it just might be saying that generals think that briefings are boring, period. And so he fell asleep. You know the Air Force.

  • 11B

    I can hear my drill Sgt now “Don’t lock those knees unless you want to a dirt nap!”.

  • John P

    Lying for extended periods of time causes high blood pressure eventually blocking the tongue from moving.

  • Lee Matthews

    Carolyn Gleason’s handling of this is outstanding!!!

  • EJ Cox

    Follow up on his condition..

  • Docsenko

    He either locked his knees or has a heart problem. He needs to be checked over.

  • Mike Hunt

    I think this kinda behavior warrants a urinalysis…