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What is The Air National Guard Trying To Say?

This Air National Guard photo by TSgt Daniel Ter Haar, was intended to inform Guard members about the upcoming switch from the Airman Battle Uniform in Digital Tiger Stripe to the Army Combat Uniform in the Operational Camouflage Pattern. If a picture tells a thousand words, this one didn’t transmit the intended message.

22 Responses to “What is The Air National Guard Trying To Say?”

  1. JM Gavin says:

    All it tells me is that someone forgot to crop the picture before releasing it.

  2. Ryan says:

    Seems like its meant to showcase the evolution of Air Force uniforms. Pretty clear the pants were meant to be cropped out. Seems kind of unnecessary to throw this out there as a low key zero context meme level jab at an entire branch of service……..

    • SSD says:

      If an entire service can release an image that isn’t ready, how much are they going to screw up the important stuff?

      This in indicative of a culture of mediocrity and I am retired from the Air Force.

      • Ryan says:

        If a well respected forum of information with a respectable track record of quality content can take a petty swipe at an entire branch of service, then double down by insinuating that its indicative of some much larger culture of failure, how petty and low will they go in the future?

        “I was in the Air Force” isn’t an excuse. You used your well regarded platform to take a petty weak meme-level jab at an entire branch over something ridiculously petty. I simply cant believe that SSD just lowered itself to sh**posting. Worst yet, you put the troop who took the photo on FULL NAME AND RANK blast without even getting his side of the story first. What a Blue Falcon.

        • SSD says:

          Of course I put his name and rank on there. That was an official Air Force photo. He put it out with the photo you dolt.

          You are obviously an Airman. No other service can be this whiny.
          This is what decades of focus on off duty education and volunteerism has wrought, Airmen who can’t perform on their jobs. I’m not sure what’s worse. This half-assed effort passed off as good enough or your attempt to defend it. Let me guess, you’ve been Airman of the Quarter, right?

          • Ryan says:

            Now you’re just attacking readers with insults. Nice.

            I was an Airmen yes. Did half a career on AD and finished as a SNCO on the ANG side. Not sure what your career path was, but mine gave me concrete belief that both AD and ANG share the same problems in the same ways.

            Active Duty is mediocre on a full time basis, with full funding, modern equipment, and full support of the federal government. Their Airmen focus daily on their jobs with peace of mind, knowing their families will always have a roof over their head and food on their table due to a plethora of pay benefits that will always be there regardless of job performance.

            ANG Airmen are mediocre on a part time basis, with less funding, hand-me down aged equipment, while balancing a civilian career in the back of their minds at all times. They generally hold TWO careers afloat the best they can, while their Active Duty peers kick their feet up without a care. But where does ANG mediocrity come from? Do they go to their own BMT? Do they attend their own Tech Schools, CBTs, PMEs? Nope…..sure don’t.

            ANG released a piss poor photo. Active Duty shipped nuclear weapons across the country in violation of SALT because their Officers we’re too high on drugs to get away with cheating on their correspondence courses and making sure their Airmen could differentiate between a live weapon and a dummy…..

            You clearly have some kind of petty axe to grind against the people who put their lives on hold to come to the aid of Active Duty Air Force in their time of need. It’s really odd to see someone hold a grudge against their backup.

            We can leave it at this though. I never thought I’d see such petty crap from SSD. Not sure what leaves me more disappointed, the fact I’ve lost respect for this site or the fact I’m sure you don’t care.

            • SSD says:

              First off, I’m not attacking readers, I’m responding to you. You see, I’m retired, I don’t have to be nice to you. Nowhere in my job description does it say say that I have to be nice and smooth wounded egos. If you’re part of the problem, and you’re piss poor attitude has indicated you are, expect to get called out.

              I’m not picking on the Guard, I’m picking on the Air Force. It’s a football bat right now.

              And on a final note, no, I don’t care. Maybe someone will read this and aspire to something more than the Volunteer Service Medal.

  3. SPEC9 says:

    Could be poor photo editing but, to me it says we’re changing uniform patterns too often. How many millions were spent in development and fielding per pattern? I still miss OD green.

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  5. jellydonut says:

    Dude in the three-color is looking very unimpressed too, don’t think he was expecting his mug to be in the final crop either..

    • Sean says:

      Gramps looks pretty annoyed that he got called away from his oatmeal, black coffee, and NYT crossword puzzle routine for this.

  6. Pete says:

    Rank goes jumps around or only goes backwards?
    The Air Force ages like Merlin the Magician?

    Actually, it is a solid picture showing the progression of uniforms over approximately one 20+ year career. I can say the same for the police job or even my present corporate job – business casual means different things over time.

  7. Ray Forest says:

    I get it but it’s the pants that throw off the photo. They were too lazy to change pants. “Hey you guys, take off you blouses and put in these old BDU tops”. If they’d just framed out the pants it makes sense.

  8. 32sbct says:

    Not to mention that they are out of order. The woodland BDU was introduced in 1981. The three color DCU was about ten years later in 1990/1991. Plus, for the majority of those who wore them, the three color DCU was only worn while deployed, not as an everyday world wide uniform.

  9. Philip says:

    Looks like any other day in the Air Force.