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Airmen get peek at new uniform

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFPN) -- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Besko (left) and Senior Airman Brandi Wyatt, both with the 11th Communication Squadron here, try out the Air Force test utility uniform in a computer server room.  The blue, gray and green tiger-stripe camouflage ensemble includes many new features intended to increase functionality while providing a distinctive look for the 21st century airmen.  The uniforms will undergo wear-testing beginning in January.  Airmen from a cross section of Air Force career fields will provide feedback on the fit, durability and functionality of the proposed ensemble that will come in men's and women's cuts.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFPN) -- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Besko (left) and Senior Airman Brandi Wyatt, both with the 11th Communication Squadron here, try out the Air Force test utility uniform in a computer server room. The blue, gray and green tiger-stripe camouflage ensemble includes many new features intended to increase functionality while providing a distinctive look for the 21st century airmen. The uniforms will undergo wear-testing beginning in January. Airmen from a cross section of Air Force career fields will provide feedback on the fit, durability and functionality of the proposed ensemble that will come in men's and women's cuts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

WASHINGTON -- A prototype of the new Air Force utility uniform was unveiled July 9 in various duty sections at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and Bolling AFB, D.C.

Senior Master Sgt. Jacqueline Dean, from the Air Force uniform board, enlisted the aid of eight airmen to demonstrate both the men’s and women’s version of the blue, gray and green tiger-stripe camouflage uniform for photographers.

Opinions varied, but were largely positive.

Second Lt. Arcelia Miller, from the Air Force’s special security office, tested the uniform in an entry control point environment at Andrews.

“I like (the blouse) tucked in,” she said. “It looks super.”

Miller said she also liked the uniform’s look and fit.

“The color is different,” she said. “I like it; it’s comfortable and it’s low-maintenance. It has a bunch of Air Force logos, and I like the rigger belt, and I love the black T-shirt -- it’s very professional looking.”

Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Jones, from the Bolling AFB’s 11th Security Forces Squadron, observed other security forces members in the uniform.

“I like it; the material reminds me of the old fatigues,” Jones said. “It’s lightweight (and) it looks like it conforms better to the body. And it’s Air Force blue, ooh-rah! It’s good to be back in the Air Force.”

Capt. Rachel Sullivan, from the 89th Maintenance Group at Andrews was surprised.

“They’re … blue!” she exclaimed.

Sullivan and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Stone, also from the 89th MXG, wore the uniform while reviewing maintenance checklists for a C-9 Nightingale.

“The pants seem to fit better and the belt’s nice and big,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan also noted that, while many maintainers use the lower shirt pockets, the new uniform has only breast pockets on the blouse.

“I don’t care for the (Navy) Seabee-style hat or the embroidered T-shirt,” Sullivan added, but she said she was otherwise pleased with the women’s cut.

Performance-wise, Stone felt that “the cuffs got in the way a bit” while he was going through his maintenance routine. Contrary to Sullivan, he did not like the belt.

In another flightline environment, Staff Sgt. Crystal Cardinale tried out the uniform while working on a District of Columbia Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon.

“I like the T-shirt,” the 113th Fighter Wing crew chief said. The T-shirt is a black, three-button Henley style shirt with the Air Force logo on left breast and the wearer’s name embroidered on the right.

Inside Bolling’s 11th Communication Squadron server room, Senior Airman Brandi Wyatt recognized the new uniform’s low-maintenance appeal.

“It’s wash and wear, and that’s my kind of uniform,” Wyatt said.

The wear test period officially begins in January, when 300 uniforms will endure the rigors of Air Force life, indoor and out. Wearers and observers alike will be able to record their comments and observations on an Air Force Web site, noting the good, the bad and the ugly.

Officials say, if approved, production could begin as soon as 2005, with a phase-in date to be determined.

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