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US Air Force Updates Insignia Guidance for OCP Uniforms

Monday, December 31st, 2018

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — Airmen wearing OCP uniforms are authorized to add their former Airmen Battle Uniform subdued patches until the mandatory brown subdued ones go into effect.


Also, according to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, the U.S. flag patch is mandatory and will be subdued using the spice brown color criteria, centered at the top of velcro and worn while in–garrison and deployed.

Current subdued black and green U.S. flags may be worn until June 1, 2020, then spice brown will be the only accepted version. Infra-red U.S. flags are not authorized.

The higher headquarters patch is mandatory and will be subdued using the spice brown color criteria and centered under the U.S. flag patch. The current subdued version of the higher headquarters patch may be worn until the patch color conversion has been completed or until April 1, 2021, whichever is sooner.

A maximum of two patches may be worn.

SMSgt Andrew Biscoe, Air Force News Service

Blast From The Past: BDS – The Grey Uniform That Almost Was

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Long before Wolf Grey there was something else. In the early 1990s Army Special Operations Command experimented with a layered clothing system called Battle Dress System. Leveraging lessons learned from the original Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS), it featured a Capilene Next to Skin layer, Fleece mid-layers including a bib and jacket, a Gore-Tex undergarment and an outer layer called the SOF BDU. The underlayers were all Black and eventually became the Lightweight Environmental Protection (LEP) component of SPEAR.

It was quite popular with those that used it, offering material and design improvements over ECWCS which was just beginning to see widespread fielding.

The SOF BDU was a solid grey combat jacket and trouser. These were essentially over garments that were intended to be worn as an outerlayer, over any combination of the other components depending on the weather. The material was new and consisted on Nylon, Cotton and Kevlar for increased abrasion resistance. The design of the jacket was unlike anything else in the inventory with large Napoleon pockets on the chest and a hood that could be stored in the collar. It also boasted pit zips for ventilation, a rank tab on the chest and pockets mounted on the sleeves. The pants were quite similar to the M1950 field trouser and incorporated thigh tapes designed to help stabilize the load in the cargo pockets. They also added a zippered lower leg opening in order facilitate donning and doffing.

Today, when readers learn about BDS and the Charcoal colored Gore-Tex undergarment they are surprised that it wasn’t the outer most layer but beginning in the mid-80s there were lightweight 3-layer undergarments available commercially. This was before ECWCS or other camouflage shells were commonly available. The Gore undergarments were used by a variety of troops and worn under their BDUs in order to maintain camouflage. It also gave them a lightweight waterproof breathable layer.

With its solid grey color the item was rejected, primarily due to institutional prejudice. When LEP was adopted finally adopted later in the decade, it was without the SOF BDU.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – New Base Layer Bottoms

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Meet the all new Base Layer Bottoms from FirstSpear’s Advanced Clothing Materials Line (ACM). Featuring three available styles a Boxer Brief, Calf Length, and Full Length. All three are built with FirstSpear’s ACM BASE-100 a super light wool package providing excellent natural moisture wicking properties. All three feature a front facing fly, gusseted crotch and flat seamed technology.

The full length is a traditional full length inseam finished with a low ankle cuff, the Calf Length is cut just below the knee designed to pick up where your boot sock stops reducing clutter under footwear and increasing comfort. The Boxer brief is finished in a traditional boxer brief length. 100% American Made with American Materials, now shipping on

Kitanica – Rampart FR Hoodie

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

The American made Rampart FR Hoodie is crafted from 200 gram Nomex fleece and Nomex thread. It features Contoured Sleeves, a Cinching Hood with brim, Front “Kangaroo Pocket”, and 3×4″ Velcro shoulder patch.

Offered in Olive, sizes Small Through XXX-Large.

On Station Apparel – Captain AmeriCAS Designs

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Seen here are the Captain AmeriCAS logos for Special Tactics and Special Forces.

These and others are available on T-shirts in several colors from

Trooper Clothing

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Trooper Clothing makes uniforms for kids.

Their latest offering is the Overwatch Battle Shirt and Combat Pant made from Woodland Camouflage ripstop fabric.

They also offer other colors like OD, Black and MultiCam as well as other styles including Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniforms, Navy Working Uniforms, Coast Guard Operational Dress Uniforms, and the Army Combat Uniform as well as flight suits.

Crye Precision G4 Pant Pocket Configuration

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Here’s a inside look at the storage features of the G4 Combat Pant:

(1) Hand pockets incorporate mesh for ventilation and the right one has a reinforced knife/light holder.

(2) Zip thigh pockets are sized for a phone, with mesh for ventilation and a secure closure.

(3) Two charge loops and one knife/light/baton holder allow long items be stowed in the cargo pocket.

(4) Cargo pockets are low profile with bellows at the back for expansion. They feature thermo-bonded flaps that tuck away cleanly, internal water/bottle/magazine stabilizers and mesh for ventilation.

Sneak Peek – ECHO NiNER Tigerstripe Softshell Jacket

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Coming Soon, the E9 TS Softshell Jacket.