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  • Air Force phases out Battle Dress Uniforms

    Effective Nov. 1, 2011, approximately 19,500 active-duty personnel in Air Force Materiel Command will have two uniform options to wear at work: the Airman Battle Uniform or blues.The Air Force has officially phased out the woodland camouflage-patterned Battle Dress Uniforms. Other items phased out with BDUs effective Nov. 1 include the Desert
  • Air Force updates industry on equipment needs

    Members of the Air Force Uniform Office attended the Advanced Planning Brief for Industry in Springfield, Va., May 19-20, to present and challenge members of industry with current and future design needs for uniforms and equipment. "The overarching goal for us is to make sure the needs of our Airmen are met," said Lt. Col. Darien Hammett,
  • Air Force shares uniform status, needs with apparel industry

    Members of the Air Force Uniform Office attended the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Government Contracts Committee Spring Meeting in Bonita Springs, Fla., March 24-26, to brief members of industry on Air Force uniform projects and requirements.The GCC meets annually and according to its by-laws, provides the government with detailed
  • Air Force Uniform Office gets Airmen feedback at forums

    The Air Force Uniform Office conducted its first field solicitation for Airmens' suggestions and concerns about Air Force uniforms to incorporate into a uniform strategic plan for future developments. The forums took place at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 25 and 26; and Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex, Ala., Feb. 17 and 18. AFUO officials are
  • Final boot test results are in

    The results are in, and the final decision has been made concerning a prototype Airman Battle Uniform stain-resistant boot for wear in industrial environments. These results are based off testing that wrapped up in October 2009. The wear test choice is a full-grain leather boot, which incorporates a rubber toe and heal cap that resists staining and
  • Air Force PTU Made in America

    The Air Force partnered with American industry to ensure the new physical fitness uniform is not only upgraded with better material and functionality, but is also 100 percent America made.The new PTU outer garment running suit is being manufactured near Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Every aspect of each item manufactured is produced and
  • Air Force Releases Guidance for wear of PTU

    The Air Force has released guidance this month for wear of the physical training uniform, replacing previous guidance in Air Force Instruction36-2903. According to the message released from Air Force A1 and signed by Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III, deputy chief of staff for Manpower and Personnel, effective immediately, individual items making up
  • Fleece wear policy released

    The 98th Air Force Virtual Uniform Board has just released a policy message for wearing the new Air Force sage green fleece as an outer garment for the Airmen Battle Uniform. According to the message, the sage green fleece may only be worn over the ABU top, and is not authorized to be worn solely over a T-shirt, thermal underwear and similar
  • AF authorizes BDU cold weather item to wear with ABUs

    The Air Force has now authorized wear of the Battle Dress Uniform cold weather Gore-Tex and field jacket with the current Airman Battle Uniform. The decision to authorize the coat stems from the demand of cold weather gear outweighing current supply of the new ABU coat. According to a message released by Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services
  • Guidance released on 100 percent cotton ABU

    Air Force senior leaders issued guidance clarifying the wear of the 100 percent cotton Airman Battle Uniform. According to a message dated Sept. 7, only Airmen in jobs that meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requirements are authorized to wear the 100 percent cotton ABU. It is a distinct uniform/equipment item for those
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