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T-shirts to brighten ‘Morale Fridays’ at McChord Field

62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Published: 05:09PM July 3rd, 2014
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Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez

Senior Airman Brooke Breeden, 4th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, shows Airman 1st Class Sam Ware, 4th AS loadmaster, their squadron's abbreviated motto, 'Fly, fight, and live proud' on a morale Friday T-shirt June 20, at JBLM. Airmen are allowed to work with their leadership to design a morale T-shirt or flight patch that represents their squadron and its values.

Airmen in new, multi-colored T-shirts are making an appearance at McChord Field on Fridays. The Air Force’s change to authorized dress and appearance instructions, approved in January, has given way to “Morale Fridays.”

Under the Air Force’s recent change to instruction, Col. David Kumashiro, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, has authorized “Team McChord” squadron commanders to incorporate Morale Friday T-shirts and patches among their squadrons. Airmen are authorized to wear squadron-approved T-shirts with their Airmen battle uniforms, flight suits and physical-training uniforms on Fridays or during special events — as directed by their squadron commander.

“I think this was returned to re-instill squadron pride and team morale,” said Master Sgt. Nathan Pigza, 4th Airlift Squadron first sergeant.

Pigza said morale T-shirts play an important role for squadrons.

“If you see Airmen walking around the base wearing their morale T-shirts, you know what team they are,” said Pigza. “The morale shirts show they are proud to be part of that squadron.”

Airmen can now work with their leadership to design a morale T-shirt or flight patch that represents their squadron, if they don’t already have one. Morale T-shirts and patches must be approved by commanders and must be in good taste and reflect proper military order, discipline, morale and image.

“This is a way we can show our unity as a squadron and display the pride we take in our work outward to others,” Pigza said. “It’s more than a T-shirt; it’s about who we are.”

According to Tech. Sgt. Andrea Roberts, 62nd Maintenance Group NCO in charge of documentation, morale T-shirts are important for unit cohesion and pride.

“I wear my morale shirt to boost unit pride,” Roberts said. “We are a tight-knit, unified-group and this shirt is a token that signifies I’m part of this unit. By wearing the shirt it shows you’re proud of your squadron and what you’re a part of.”

Airmen can find out information on obtaining a morale T-shirt or morale flight patch by contacting their first sergeant. For more information on dress and appearance standards, see Air Force instruction 36-2903.