Uniform Change To Save Air Force $670,000 Per Year

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A uniform change for the Air Force Space Command is expected to save an estimated $670,000 per year.

1,800 airmen in the Space Systems Operations and Space and Missile Operations career fields currently wear flight suits, green flight jackets and A-2 leather jackets. The Air Force Space Command stopped purchasing those uniform items in March. AFSPC General William Shelton has directed the unit stop wearing those items by the end of the fiscal year.

“We want to create synergy among all personnel across the command,” said General Shelton. “When personnel wear the same uniform it has a unifying effect toward mission accomplishment. Standardization among the entire command prevents the perception of a ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ situation; the very meaning of the word ‘uniform’ should drive us toward standardization.”

Starting in October, the only AFSPC personnel allowed to wear the flight suit and flight jacket will be those actively engaged in flying operations.

“Between the expense of purchasing these items, and the fact that our operations don’t involve flying, this recommendation was good common sense,” General Shelton said.

AFSPC is located on Peterson Air Force Base.


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  • by ArmyVet Location: CS on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    So, they'll stop issuing gumby suits to the zoomies and save hundreds of thousands (not alot of fuel fires at a computer terminal). Then, in a few years, someone will think about what a great morale boost it will be for all the "satellite flyers" to dress like Maverick and we'll start all over again. It makes a great deal of sense for them to not issue "flight" gear to people nowhere near an aircraft; how did they figure it out this time around?
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 14, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    The 302nd at Peterson AFB is the same way. Totally laughable.
  • by Chet Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 14, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    This change makes sense at AFSPC unitsm monitoring & commanding satellite's from behind a ground based workstation in no way is there a need for nomex flight suites or other spacial uniforms. Pilot's and crew of military aircraft need to be wearing the nomex flight suits as a matter or safety so an AF wide implementation does not pass the "smell" test.
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      by Arctic Warrior on Apr 16, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to Chet
      Chet, contrary to popular belief it DOES pass the smell test. You have Space and Missile Operators at bases other than AFSPC. Additionally, there are plenty of AFSC wearing "bags" that have no real reason to do so.
  • by Arctic Warrior Location: Peterson AFB on Apr 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    This initiative is long overdue. Hopefully General Schwartz will follow suit and implement the same policy AF wide.
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