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Posted on 09/28/2008 7:09:24 PM PDT by hattend
New AF Dress Coat Left Flapping in the Wind
It could just be that the Air Force is entering an era that, in part, will be defined by what will not be a hot-button issue: uniforms.
"First things first," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz responded Sept. 17 when asked by Military.com whether uniforms -- new ones or modifications to current dress -- will be relegated to the back burner during his tenure.
Schwartz, who had just listened as his major command chiefs offered up a list of things the Air Force needs today-right-now-thank-you-very much -- including new tankers, more manpower, new tankers, upgrades and maintenance to mobility and fighter planes and, oh yeah, new tankers -- said the Air Force has any number of critical programs it must tackle.
Maybe, at some point down the road, when these other things have been taken care of, he said, uniforms may again be on the agenda.
For now, Schwartz does have to deal with proposed uniform changes that he inherited, including the adoption of a new service dress uniform modeled after one worn by legendary airman Hap Arnold.
The Air Force has a long record of changing or tweaking its uniforms. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley made a humorous reference to this fact on Monday, the opening day of the Air Force Association's Air and Space Symposium in Washington, D.C. The Air Force dress uniform only recently underwent a change, with the addition of a belt to the jacket, and Donley noted that the last time he worked for the Air Force, as an assistant secretary and then acting secretary in 1993, the uniform went through major changes under then Chief of Staff Merrill McPeak.
He said he would answer questions today about uniforms the same way he answered them back then: "Ask the chief."
Schwartz last month decided to defer until sometime next year a decision on a Hap Arnold-esque service coat. The proposed jacket came out of a 2006 uniform board under Schwartz's predecessor, Gen. T. Michael Moseley.
Some uniform changes have been greeted critically by airmen -- including a proposed blue cammie BDU several years ago -- who argue that the Air Force has more important issues facing it than whether it should have a belt on a service dress jacket or whether BDUs should come with a permanent crease.
The proposed new dress jacket will cost about $125 million to manufacture if it's approved, the Air Force estimated.
-- Bryant Jordan
What's happening to our country?
The Air Force seems to be suffering from a major inferiority complex.
You don’t know your history... those uniforms resemble the Air Service uniforms of Billy Mitchell. I still don’t like them.
It has been abandoned by it’s citizens.
I do believe that uniform was dropped from consideration......this has to be an old article.
Getting ready for the Obamamessiah?
I suspect you never were member of the Corps, were you...Only a non-Marine would mistake that uniform for that of the North Koreans.
I’d laugh, except we went through the same crap in the Navy. We had some Z-grams that were beauts.
Nope, was not a Marine.
I’ve seen the Marine Dress Uniform and this doesn’t look like it (or as sharp)
The article was dated 10 days ago.
Hopefully, this uniform won’t make it to the finals.
Reading the comments after the article not many people like it.
Two thumbs down here on the new gear.
(Admittedly spoken like the never-served, over-protected citizen that I am.)
It does have some of the lines of some 1920s uniforms.
But what I dislike is what it also looks like.
To my inexpert eye, it looks like a Nehru jacket that didn’t get
the collar finished before showing.
Or maybe something like WWII Soviet garb.
But hey, what do I know about fashion?
I’m NO Tim Gunn!
Looks like something the Salvation Army would wear.
Not knocking the Salvation Army but that just isn’t military!
Oooooh ... it’s Space Command!
Sounds like the air force budget is about $125 million too high.
The design looks like something from the 1920s or 1930s. A very “Old School” design. I kinda like it - a bit of a traditional look.
I was under the impression that the uniform pictured had been dropped from consideration. Hopefully this is mere taunting from beyond the grave!!!
OTOH, I think the new USAF “urban tiger stripe” BDUs are pretty snazzy.
Do we really want our troops looking like the Third Reich? Because that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this.