The Air Force has just released a policy update on wear of the new Airman Battle Uniform, now that it is becoming more prevalent, reports SSgt. Monique Randolph. For one thing, the message reaffirms that November 2011 is the date when all airmen must have and wear the new ABU. Until then, the service will sport the old battle dress uniform and the new ABU. The new one is more costly and that’s one reason for the lengthy transition. The service plans to increase the clothing allowance beginning next month. There was no hint in this report of claims by some airmen that the new ABU jacket is a little hard to take in extreme heat.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.