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Aeronautical Systems Center. Air Force Clothing Office Oct 2006. Chief: Libby Glade. AFCO Responsibilities. Research & Development for Air Force Clothing Develop Patterns Research Textiles Garment Fit & Wear Testing Develop Procurement Documentation Sustainment

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Air force clothing office oct 2006

Aeronautical Systems Center

Air Force Clothing Office Oct 2006

Chief: Libby Glade


Afco responsibilities

AFCO Responsibilities

  • Research & Development for Air Force Clothing

    • Develop Patterns

    • Research Textiles

    • Garment Fit & Wear Testing

    • Develop Procurement Documentation

  • Sustainment

    • Configuration control (patterns, components, fabrics)

    • Continuous improvements


Afco responsibilities1

AFCO Responsibilities

  • Primary Responsibility in Past was Dress Clothing

  • Assist With Flight Clothing, Footwear, etc, (as needed)

  • Current Responsibilities include:

    • Physical Fitness Clothing

    • Utility Uniform and accessories


Af procurements

AF Procurements

  • AF only buys textiles & garments for:

    • Sample Items

    • Fit and Wear Test Garments

      LARGE QUANTITY BUYS ARE THROUGH:

  • Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia (DSCP)

    • Issue Items in the Inventory

  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

    • Optional Items


Afco projects

AFCO Projects

  • Challenges

  • Keeping Up With High Performance / Affordable Fabrics

  • - Comfort

  • - Safety

  • - Durability

  • - New Technologies & Finishes

  • - Wrinkle free

  • - Stain resistant

  • - Anti-odor/anti-microbial

  • - FR / “safe” garments

  • - Permethrin


Airman battle uniform abu

Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)

  • AF All Purpose Environment Clothing System (Marine configuration) will replace current Army BDU ECWCS

    • Textile: Brushed Nylon with PTFE barrier in AF Digitized Tiger Stripe

  • AF Improved Rain Suit (IRS) will replace current Army Field Coat

    • IRS will still use Field Coat liner

    • Textile: Nylon with waterproof coating (sateen going away)

  • ABU - Firefighter Uniform – projected to be 100% cotton (no details yet)


Airman battle uniform

Airman Battle Uniform

  • AF Digitized Tiger Strip (AFDTS)

    • 50% Nylon/50% Carded Cotton Twill

    • Garment dipped permanent press finish

    • Hat is Quarpel treated

  • ABU shares 3 colors with ACU

    • Air Force will use Army solid colored item

      • Sand T-shirt, Green socks, tan belt, etc

  • ABU colorway is similar to ACU

    • AF will use Army Universal Print field gear

      • Protective vests, field packs, etc


Abu t shirt

ABU T-Shirt

  • ABU T-shirt -

    • Sharing Army sand polyester T-shirt

    • AF will use a 100% cotton sand T-shirt

    • Other T-shirts TBD

  • Printed T-shirt

    • Design TBD


Physical training gear

Physical Training Gear

  • Physical Training Gear:

    • Improved PT Suit fabrics on hold.

    • Shorts – lining, moisture wicking, length

    • Sweatshirt - weight, quality, reflexivity

    • T-shirt - weight, quality, reflexivity


Flight suit

Flight Suit

  • Flight Suits:

    • Currently looking at low-pill technology for NomexTM fabrics

    • Potential for testing alternate flightsuit/FR fabrics in the future

  • Also testing t-shirts

    • 100% Wool

    • Two different NomexTM knits.


Service dress jacket

Service Dress Jacket

  • Two Prototypes made last January

    • Billy Mitchell (WWI style) similar to Marine chocker collar

    • Hap Arnold (WWII style) similar to Army Service Coat

  • The appearance of the service dress uniform needs to communicate the Air Force’s rich military heritage as well as foster the feelings of pride, dignity, and honor associated with that heritage in the individual wearing the uniform

  • Currently refining design concepts


Air force clothing office oct 2006

AFCO Contact Information

AAFES Certification:

Gina Rice, AAFES POC

(937)255-6073

[email protected]

Yvonne Wilson, Clothing Design

(937)255-2382

[email protected]

Carol Neri, Battelle Contractor

(215)737-3854

[email protected]

New technologies:

PDs for new buys:


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