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News in Brief: May 18, 2018

Published: 02:50PM May 17th, 2018

The Air Force is transitioning to a single combat uniform by 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force leaders announced Monday the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern already in use by the Army and Airmen in combat zones and in certain jobs across the Air Force.

Starting Oct. 1, Airmen who have serviceable OCPs may wear the uniform. Uniform manufacturers will produce more uniforms, eventually outfitting the total force.

“We looked at all utility uniforms currently in our inventory to find the best-of-breed,” said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein. “We spoke to and listened to Airmen on this, and the OCP was the clear choice.”

Enlisted Airmen should start to see an increase to their annual clothing allowances starting Oct. 1. The service will fully transition to OCPs by April 1, 2021.

Airmen can find guidance for proper wear of the uniform in the coming months via an Air Force Guidance Memorandum, followed by updates published in AFI 36-2903.

Feedback from the force indicated Airmen find the OCP more functional — from the slanted, Velcro chest pockets to the easily-accessible shoulder pockets. Female Airmen have made it clear that this uniform is a better fit, as well.

Effective April 1, 2019, Airmen can purchase the uniform at any AAFES store that carries them and AAFES online services will open purchases to Airmen around October 2019. The schedule will be updated monthly on the AAFES and Air Force’s Personnel Center websites.

The delay in availability allows the supply chain to produce and field enough uniforms, boots and other associated uniform items to meet both Army and Air Force requirements. Enlisted Guard and Reserve Airmen will receive the new uniform through their unit’s clothing replacement procedures.

The Air Force will also outfit Basic Military Training, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, and Officer Training School starting Oct. 1, 2019.

Air Force News Service

The Army launches a survey for the military caregivers at JBLM

The U.S. Army Medical Command’s Army Public Health Center announced Monday the launch of a survey for Joint Base Lewis-McChord military caregivers, those family members and friends who provide assistance to a wounded, ill or injured Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.

The survey will be open to any family member or friend over the age of 18, regardless of their beneficiary status. The service member receiving caregiver support may be in a Warrior Transition Battalion or going through the Disability Evaluation System or may be suffering invisible wounds and not seeking care at all.

The survey began Monday at three other bases — Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Sill, Okla., and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Military caregivers improve the lives of service members and help speed recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Unfortunately, their tremendous devotion often comes at a cost.

According to the 2014-RAND Hidden Heroes Report, post 9-11 caregivers suffer worse health outcomes, greater relationship strain and more workplace problems than pre 9-11 or civilian caregivers.

The anonymous, 15-minute survey, at, aims to supplement what was learned in the RAND report to understand the social, economic and health impact of caregiving and identify gaps in services. Surveys can be completed from a cell phone, tablet or desktop.

U.S. Army Medical Command

Former I Corps commander gets honor for his military leadership

General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was honored by the Atlantic Council May 10 with a Distinguished Military Leadership Award in recognition of his remarkable military career, during which he facilitated cooperation and development of common approaches to shared global security challenges and fostered ties among leaders across the NATO alliance and beyond.

Scaparrotti accepted the Award on behalf of the inspiring men and women of NATO and of United States European Command.

Scaparrotti, who commanded I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 2010 to 2012, congratulated the other honorees, former President George W. Bush, Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz, stating that he was deeply humbled to be recognized amongst the group, “... a two-term president of the United States; a visionary servant-leader who built a famous, global company; a Grammy award winner and philanthropist, and then me, a Soldier from Logan, Ohio.”

General Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the award to Scaparrotti.

Every year, the Atlantic Council hosts a distinguished international leadership award ceremony to honor leaders who serve as pillars of the transatlantic community. This award is the highest honor granted by the Atlantic Council.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe