5: Ladies White Mess dress
Women in the Air Force version of the white mess dress uniform; there were black and white mess dress uniforms for wear in the winter or summer months. The black mess dress was worn in the winter with a black jacket, pants and wheel hat (for males); enlisted members wore silver bullion chevrons on this uniform. The white mess dress was worn in the summer months with a white jacket, black pants and white wheel hat. Enlisted members initially wore white embroidered chevrons with a white background soon giving way to a silver bullion/aluminum chevron with a black background. These uniforms were issued as early as the 1950s and were not phased out until the 1980s.
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