Rear Admiral Roy “Trigger” Kelley (USN Ret.) was the commander of the Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet until retiring in May 2020. In that role, Kelley “[was] responsible for six nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 54 aircraft squadrons, 1,200 aircraft and 43,000 officers.” Prior to serving as commander, he was also the director of the Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office, where he oversaw the integration of Lockheed Martin’s F-35C fighter jet.
A few months after Kelley retired from the military, he landed a position at Raytheon as vice president of Navy and Marine Corps Accounts, according to his LinkedIn profile. Raytheon, a subcontractor on the F-35 project, has received hundreds of millions of dollars on the project, including a 2021 deal worth $291 million for engine maintenance.
While still in his government role, Kelley touted the F-35 as a “dominant force that provides combat commanders with unrivaled battlespace awareness and lethality” in a 2019 speech. In fiscal year 2020, Raytheon received over $9.8 billion from the U.S. Navy.