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New Direction for Female-Specific Flight Equipment

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) —

The Air Force is working to redesign the gear used by female pilots across the force after facing challenges with current flight equipment.

“We have women performing in every combat mission, and we owe it to them to have gear that fits, is suited for a woman’s frame and (one) can be in for hours on end,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, March 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The majority of the equipment currently worn by pilots was built off anthropometric data from the 1960s, a time when only men were in aviator roles.

The lack of variety and representation in the current designs have caused multiple issues for women, said Col. Samantha Weeks, the 14th Flying Training Wing commander, assigned to Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Many of the uniform issues circulate around G-suits, flight suits, urinary devices and survival vests.

“The challenges other female aviators and I face are the fit and availability of our flight equipment,” said Capt. Lauren Ellis, 57th Adversary Tactics Group executive officer.

Limited sizes and accessibility often force aircrew to order the wrong size and have it extensively altered to fit properly, taking time and money away from the mission, Ellis said.

“All of the bladders on my G-suit need to be modified,” Ellis said. “It’s a lot of work for the Aircrew Flight Equipment, or AFE, Airmen. Even after they’re modified, the proportions don’t fit.”

G-suits are vital anti-gravity gear for aviators. The bladders in the suit fill with air and apply pressure to the pilot’s body to prevent a loss of consciousness during high levels of acceleration. Not having a properly fitted G-suit could lead to hypoxia followed by unconsciousness.

Ellis said ill-fitting flight suits are a common problem for men and women. Aircrew who are significantly above or below average height have a hard time finding suits that fit their body type.

Even if a woman found a flight suit close to her size, the flight-suit zipper is designed for men—not women. Female aircrew struggle with relieving themselves during flights because the flight-suit zipper isn’t designed low enough for them to properly use their urinary devices.

“There are flight suits that were designed with longer zippers for women, but they’re almost never available,” Ellis said. “It’s common for females to have to wait months to receive the flight suit they’ve ordered which causes them to have to wear the male one.”

Along with the possibility of injury and discomfort associated with G-suits and flight suits, women struggle to get their life-saving gear to fit accordingly. The process of ejecting is so powerful, even pilots with well-fitting gear are at a serious risk of injury. It’s important for aviators to be heard and the modernization of equipment for everyone continues, Ellis said.

“In certain situations, having ill-fitting gear, such as harnesses and survival vests, can result in a loss of life,” Ellis said. “If an aircrew member ejects from the aircraft with equipment that doesn’t fit, they can be severely injured or lose their life.”

The Air Force and Air Combat Command are working to find a feasible solution for aircrew members.

Part of the strategy to correct the uniform problem was to take part in several collaborative Female Flight Equipment Workshops at AFWERX Vegas. Female Airmen stationed across the globe traveled to the innovation hub and attended the workshops to explore areas of opportunity and come up with proposed solutions.

“The purpose of the workshops is to bring together female aviators, Aircrew Flight Equipment, Human Systems Program Office personnel and subject matter experts to understand the current products, the acquisition process and the actual needs from the field,” Weeks said.

Throughout the workshops, aviators participated in briefings, as well as discussions and exercises with the agencies involved in the design and distribution of their gear.

“The Human Systems Program Office acquires and sustains all equipment for male and female Airmen,” said Lt. Col. Elaine Bryant Human Systems Program Office deputy chief, assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. “We are committed to hearing our consumers’ voices, and we will make the changes necessary to our current process to meet their needs.”

The workshops established the communication needed between the consumer, designers and suppliers to reach a mutual goal of understanding and development.

“We now have some pretty clear actions coming out of the Female Flight Equipment Workshops,” Bryant said. “We’ve heard the feedback, and we want to make sure we have actionable things we’re accomplishing within specific time frames for our consumers.”

The Human Systems Program Office will strive to make progressive changes within their operations and better their acquisition process, explained Bryant.

“We will take the field up on their offers of coming out to the units and meeting the aircrew for whom we supply,” Bryant said. “We’ll ensure we maintain the lines of communication needed to better our program.”

Another major improvement for female aviators is the adoption of the Battlefield Airmen Rapid Resource Replenishment System, a centrally managed equipment facility. BARS is capable of shipping needed resources directly to female aircrew. Using this system will allow women to acquire the proper fitting equipment they need within an acceptable timeline.

“BARS is a step in the right direction,” Ellis said. “Everyone deserves to have equipment that fits them. There are certain things we have to adapt to, but as long as we’re trying to improve and modernize our gear, we can be a more ready and lethal force.”

“The Air Force has evolved over the years and continues to evolve,” Weeks echoed. “Female aviators entering the Air Force now will not have the same issues I had over the last 21 years.”

Information from an ACC news feature was used in this story.

By Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

SIG SAUER Academy Adds Women’s Concealed Carry to Course Schedule

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 8, 2019) – SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of Women’s Concealed Carry to the 2019 Course Schedule.

For women the decision to carry is a lifestyle choice, and the proper training for self-defense is necessary to gain confidence when it’s time to react.  This unique curriculum was written and designed by female instructors whom have carried firearms for years as law enforcement officers, and everyday civilians. This course will cover all the objectives for a concealed carry lifestyle for women, from choosing the right firearm for your everyday activities, to clothing selection based on your body mechanics.  Led by a female instructor, students will learn how to properly present and recover from concealment, utilize cover, and master scenarios in which defensive tactics from concealment are required for survival. 

Women’s Concealed Carry offers students the opportunity to test a variety of concealed carry firearms, including the award-winning SIG SAUER P365 high-capacity, micro compact pistol, to understand the nuances of each carry option, and find the most comfortable fit.  

The first offering of Women’s Concealed Carry is April 18, 2019  – April 19, 2019.

To register and review the course outline for Women’s Concealed Carry, find additional upcoming course dates, or review the comprehensive course offering for SIG SAUER Academy visit sigsaueracademy.com.

SIG SAUER Becomes 2019 Title Sponsor for A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 25, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce its new partnership with A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) as the league’s Title Sponsor for the 2019 competitive shooting season.

“We are very excited to support the A Girl & A Gun organization and to support their mission of empowering women through the shooting sports,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The organization also provides invaluable education and training for women on home defense, concealed carry, and safe firearms handling through their local and national events that we here at SIG feel are important to support. We are looking forward to being a very active sponsor with the A Girl & A Gun organization, and encouraging women to become involved in shooting sports.”

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League is a competitive shooting league established by women, for women. The league welcomes women pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooters from beginner to expert and provides opportunities to improve their skill levels for self-defense and competitive shooting through recreation, education, competition, and community.

“We are delighted to welcome SIG SAUER as the Title Sponsor of our two biggest events, and to bring their industry-leading quality and innovation to our league,” said Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “SIG’s commitment to AG & AG demonstrated its belief in the direction of our organization and further corroborates our long-term goals.”

To learn more about A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, upcoming events, and local chapters, visit agirlandagun.com

Marines Begin Issuing New Dress Blues Coat for Females

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Historic uniform change for Female Marines; ‘there will be no doubts that they are U.S. Marines in the dress blue uniform’

Marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion wait in line Nov. 9, 2018 to have their uniforms examined by base fitters at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The clothing team at Marine Corps Systems Command was tasked to develop the dress blue coat which features a white belt, form-fitted coat and a standing collar. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Hlavac)

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.— A white belt, form-fitted coat and a standing collar are a few features female Marines can expect to see on the new dress blue uniform. Based on a 2014 Marine Corps initiative, Marine Corps Systems Command was tasked to develop a dress blue coat for women that was similar to the male uniform.

The goal was to make the Corps look unified while also offering female Marines a more tailored fit. Marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island were the first to don the new uniforms during their graduation ceremony Nov. 16. MCSC’s Sgt. Maj. Robin Fortner served as the parade reviewing official.

“I was honored to be a part of history and stand out on the renowned parade deck to witness the newest Marines who will enter into the operating forces,” , Fortner said. “All the Marines looked sharp. The uniform represents the United States Marine Corps and its proud, rich legacy, which was exemplified by the Marines.”

MCSC’s Infantry Combat Equipment conducted extensive research with female Marines through surveys and roadshows to ensure their voices were heard. To gather input, the team visited I and II Marine Expeditionary Forces, and conducted onsite surveys with 2,632 Marines from the National Capital Region, Parris Island, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point, Yuma and the entire west coast. Nearly 3,000 additional Marines elected to take the survey online instead of attending a roadshow.

“It was important for MCSC to get this right for the institution,” Fortner said. “I appreciate the diligence that went into this effort from the beginning and the follow on support to the Depot.”

The coat MCSC fielded is the third iteration of prototypes, said Louis Curcio, ICE clothing designer. The main additions are a white belt and standing collar (previously a standard lapel).

“Throughout the process, we conducted three different surveys to figure out if the new coat was something Marines actually wanted—and we only surveyed females,” Curcio said. “We gave all of the results to the commandant, and he made the final decision based on their input.”

Designers also added a seam to the upper-torso area to make the uniform easier to alter to fit different body types. Additionally, the coat was lengthened 1.5 inches to give it more structure and balance with the trousers, which also offered greater range of motion and mobility.

“With this change, all Marines will have the uniform of the Corps, and there will be no doubts that they are U.S. Marines in the dress blue uniform,” Curcio said.

During the roadshow tour, Lt. Col. Jeniffer Ballard and Sgt. Lucy Schroder traveled with Curcio and his team to model the uniforms and answer any questions from fellow Marines. Current Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller asked their opinions directly along with other female Marines to ensure he was hearing the information straight from the source.

Ballard, section head for Operations, Plans, Integration, and Distribution for the Manpower Management Integration branch at Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said she was surprised by some of the feedback they received while on the roadshow. Some women were worried that the new coats would take away from their femininity, while others said they would lose their tradition as female Marines.

Looking back over the course of the Marine Corps, there have always been changes and options for women, Ballard said.

“It was important for us to show what the uniform looked like in person versus in an online survey, and some Marines were pleasantly surprised saying it exceeded their expectations,” she said.

At first, Ballard said she was not a fan of the uniform changes because she thought it would be an exact replica of the male coat with the same pockets and collar.

“Over the course of time the coat grew on me, and I really like it now because it helps modernize the force, so there isn’t such a distinction between male and female uniforms,” she said.

Sgt. Schroder, who works for the Wounded Warrior Regiment aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, said Marines need to actually try the blue coat on before forming a negative opinion, because this is a huge step for the Marine Corps.

“Before I joined the service, my first impression was the iconic male uniform coat I saw on commercials,” she said. “When I got to boot camp and they gave me my coat, I was confused because it looked different than what I expected. The more we progress in time, the more female Marines are having a voice and opinions on how they want to look, which will hopefully draw the attention of future recruits.”

The new dress blue uniform is now available for purchase at Marine Corps Exchanges. By fiscal year 2022, every female Marine will be required to wear the new uniform.

“We cannot be afraid of change, often times a new era brings about changes,” Fortner said. “Many Marines have adapted throughout their careers, and this is no different. We must take it on and own it.”

Marine Corps Systems Command serves as the Department of the Navy’s systems command for Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology system programs in order to equip and sustain Marine forces with full-spectrum capabilities.

Competitors Unite for A Girl & A Gun’s Fall Festival

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

AUSTIN — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted its 2018 AG & AG Fall Festival on Oct 2-7, 2018. Fall Fest comprised three shooting events: one two-day training course, a two-day three-gun match, and a one-day pistol match at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky.

“A Girl & A Gun Fall Fest is the most remarkable experience,” said Dianna Muller, professional shooter. “So much growth from the women who come to this match, for some, their first match ever!!” For 41 participants, Fall Fest was only their first or second major match. To help them navigate the stages, every squad was led by a pro with the help of a Squad Mom, who is a traveling Range Officer (RO) that shoots with their squads, helps competitors prepare for the stages, keeps the squads on time, assists stage ROs with tasks, and serves as a go-to staff member if competitors need help. This structure is indicative of the AG & AG culture — the stages and skills are tough, while the community is kind and supportive.

The Fall Fest events began with 3-Gun University Presented by TROY Industries, two days of clinics with professional shooters. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 35 participants attended rifle sight-in, rifle positions, chrono/ballistic data, pistol skills, rifle skills, and shotgun skills clinics with Tina Martin, Dianna Muller, Janna Reeves, Cindy DeSplinter, Ursula Williams, Beth Walker, and Dakota Overland. These classes gave students time to work with pros to hone their skills for the match. Participants also had guided stage walk-throughs to help them develop their strategies for tackling stages in the multigun match.

The Brownells Ladies Multigun Championship was a two-day three-gun match that took place on Friday and Saturday. Squads comprised 120 competitors and staff that shot 8 challenging stages designed by Bryan Corry. The division winners were:

Open: Dianna Muller
Tac Ops: Dakota Overland
2×4: Lena Miculek
Limited: Rhonda Allen
2-Gun: Laurel Walters

The SIG SAUER Ladies Handgun Championship was a one-day USPSA-style pistol match with eight fun stages designed by Rick VanBlaricum. Lena Miculek was the overall winner out of 92 competitors. The division winners were:

Production: Ashley Rheuark
Limited: Dianna Muller
PCC: Lena Miculek
Open: Cassie Beahr
Carry Optics: Denise Katz
Single Stack: Susan Maurer

Throughout the week, participants and guests were able to meet with vendors and sponsors. SIG SAUER instructor Tina Perrone offered demos of the new SIG SAUER P365 pistol and 365 ammunition. Phillip Goldsmith from GLOCK led individuals through a GSSF course of fire with the new GLOCK 45, and Tony Pignato from STI International facilitated a team 3-woman challenge using the new STI Staccato pistol. Tracy Barnes from Check Outside provided rental equipment for some of the stages. Stag Arms offered demos of their rifles and some full-auto fun. JP Precision, Ranger Proof, U.S. Law Shield, PrimEar, and Zero In were on site to showcase their products.

Fall Fest included two draw-dropping prizes tables, random-draw prizes, and fantastic swag and gifts for participants! Thank you to sponsors SIG SAUER, Brownells, Troy, GLOCK, Red Stitch Targets, Savage, Stag Arms, Sentry, STI, Voodoo Tactical, JP Precision, Safariland, XS Sights, Ranger Proof, and all of the partners that gave support and prizes. Thank you to Rockcastle for hosting the amazing event.

Learn more at agirlandagunclub.net.

Female Officers Attend 2nd Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ Presented by GLOCK

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

AUSTIN — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted eleven law enforcement officers for the 2nd Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ Presented by GLOCK. The event took place Sept 25-28, 2018, in north Texas at the Texas Handgun Academy in Dallas and Mission 160 Range in Whitewright. Participants included female officers, deputies, constables, and troopers representing large municipalities, rural counties, and state agencies from five different states.

“It was extremely gratifying to see a tremendous amount of support for the badge that I’m very proud to put on every day to protect and serve my community,” said Officer Meghan Vold of the Park Forest (IL) Police Department. “Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer. Being afforded stellar training like this aids us in carrying out our mission with honor and integrity.”

Training included behavioral analysis, body language cues and pre-attack indicators, communication skills, team building, situational decision-making skills, and advanced firearms skills. Range time culminated with Simunitions scenarios to allow officers put their training into practice. With significant support from GLOCK, ammunition provided by Federal Premium, targets provided by Action Target, and scenario cars provided by Beard’s Towing, AG & AG was able to provide the the training materials, range fees, hotel, and all meals for the officers.

Lead instructor Heather Eckert is the owner of E4Defense, which sponsored training for the event. Heather holds multiple certifications, including Master Firearms Instructor in Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, and Handgun; RBT/Force on Force; and Specialty Training Certifications. She is an active member of ILEETA, IALEFI, and IAWP, and is a Texas DPS PSB Level III Instructor. Detective Josh White is an Army Veteran, Texas Peace Officer, TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Force on Force Instructor, and DT Instructor. He is Double Brown belt in Shuri Ryu Karate and Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.

“The friendship bonds and camaraderie I made this week will stay with me forever,” said Sergeant Kimberly Gill of the Sunset Valley (TX) Police Department. “The incredible generosity of the event sponsors and the gracious efforts by A Girl & A Gun was awe inspiring.”

AG & AG is scheduling additional training events for female officers, as well as a training course designed specifically for wives of LEOs, whose lives face uncertain dangers due to the nature of their spouses’ careers. For more information, visit AGirlandAGun.org/back-the-blue.

Kimbo’s

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The tag line for Kimbo’s is “Don’t Per Half-Naked.” The idea is that the crotch Zip allows the ladies to relive themselves without having to drop trou.

They’re made from a 4-way stretch 80/20 nylon tricot spandex mix with a Nylon Coil zipper with an internal flap for comfort. Available in Black or Olive, sizes XS – XL.

superkimbos.com

Military Uniform Breastfeeding T-shirts

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Miss Military Mom has introduced a line of short and long-sleeved t-shirts in various colors, designed to accommodate the breastfeeding mother in uniform.

As you can see, the design is pretty straight forward and it’s wear is already being added to the USAF’s clothing instruction, AFI 36-2903.

www.missmilitarymom.com/collections/uniform-breastfeeding-t-shirts