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We Have a Uniform

Posted by zaphriel on March 28, 2006


New Air Force field uniform will be available in January

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force’s new field uniform is ready for production and will begin appearing in military clothing sales stores in January 2007.

Officials are working on distribution, Air Force spokesman Capt. David Small said Monday, “so we don’t know where exactly” the uniforms will show up first.

But airmen have time. Air Force officials have decided to make fiscal 2011, which begins Oct. 1, 2010, the mandatory wear date.

The Airman Battle Uniform, or “ABU,” will replace the olive drab or desert-tan battle dress uniform that the Air Force shares with the Army (except for flight crews and pilots, who wear green jumpsuits).

The new Airman Battle Uniform includes a number of features added at the request of airmen, Brig. Gen Robert Allardice, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff of personnel, said in a Saturday Air Force News story.

For example:

¶ Pockets: The shirt has four pockets on the front, with smaller pockets sewn on the inside of the breast pockets, and a small pencil pocket on the left forearm. The pants have side pockets with smaller sewn-in pockets inside to hold small tools, a cell phone or other gear, and two pockets on the lower legs.

¶ Wash-and-wear: The uniform fabric is 50-50 nylon-cotton blend permanent-press, eliminating the need for separate summer and winter versions. No dry-cleaning, starching or ironing is required.

¶ More sizes: Women’s uniforms (both shirt and pant) will come in sizes 2 through 24, short/regular/long. Men’s uniforms will come in shirt sizes 34-52, pant sizes 28-48, and lengths short/regular/long/ X-long/XX-long.

¶ Polish-free boots: Gray-green suede boots will be available in men’s and women’s sizes.

There is still one outstanding question regarding the new uniform: whether unit patches will be worn, and if so, where they will be positioned. That determination will be made soon, the Air Force News story said.

It will be nice not to have to press or shine anything for guard drill, it’s impractical in the field anyway.

I know the boots are comfortable, and I’ve heard the uniform is too.

I certainly hope we keep our patches, they signify our heritage, one thing the USAF has been all too quick to shed.

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Baby and the Bathwater?

Posted by zaphriel on March 28, 2006

Bolten to Replace Card As Chief of Staff

relax, it’s not the U.N. Bolton

card.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) – White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President Bush announced Tuesday amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and Republican concern about Bush’s tumbling poll ratings.

Bush announced the changes in a nationally broadcast appearance in the Oval Office.

“I have relied on Andy’s wise counsel, his calm in crisis, his absolute integrity and his tireless commitment to public service,” Bush said. “The next three years will demand much of those who serve our country. We have a global war to fight and win.”

Card, 58, stood stoically with his hands by his sides as Bush lauded his years of service through the Sept. 11 attacks, war and legislative and economic challenges. Gripping the podium, Card
said in his farewell: “You’re a good man, Mr. President.” bolten.jpgCard’s eyes were watery. Card said he looks forward to just being Bush’s friend. Bush then gave him five quick slaps on the back and the two walked out of the Oval Office together.

The president called Bolten, 51, a man with broad experience, both on Wall Street and in Washington, including the last three years as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Alarmed by Bush’s declining approval ratings and unhappiness about the war in Iraq, Republicans have been urging the president to bring in new advisers with fresh ideas and energy. Bolten has been with Bush since his first campaign for the White House. There was no immediate indication of other changes afoot.

Due to low ratings, are we now throwing out the baby with the bath water? I read the entire article, it seems mostly Democrats are happy with this move. Make one wonder doesn’t it?

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