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Sunday, January 31, 2010

You Can Do Anything But Stay Off My Green Suede Combat Boots

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Forget wild blue yonder. Researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio have recommended new footwear for troops -- sage-green leather combat boots. The new design would replace suede green boots that have been standard issue for a while. Apparently, the suede can become stained. The Air Force disclosed results of its final combat boot test results two days ago. Sage green it is:
"In 2008, the Air Force Uniform Office here began investigating various options for increasing the stain-resistant properties of the current issue suede ABU combat boots. The first test of a stain-resistant boot was unsuccessful in meeting the needs of Airmen. As a result, AFUO officials conducted a follow-on test with different materials. This follow-on wear and lab testing provided the research and development project team with data to make the best selection for acceptable stain-resistant ABU combat boots. 'The latest test boots have smooth leather, like the old black boots,' said Richard Keefer, AFUO chief. 'The intent was to try a boot that is easy to clean, will not stain and hides scuffs and wear from industrial use.'
The Air Force has gotten six comments about the new combat boots on its portal, and three wonder why the footwear is green. One says the color is awful:
1/30/2010 12:58:54 AM ET I think that the fact that the Air Force has invested and continues to invest considerable resources towards the design/development of a distinctive uniform is a clear example of mis-prioritization of funds. In my opinion the expenditure of our taxpayers' money on frivolous activities especially during our current economic downturn borders on being criminal. The Air Force should have let the Army foot the bill for developing the ACU and used it. I'm not pointing blame at just the Air Force-all three services have jumped on the distinctive uniform bandwagon. Distinctive uniforms are great when funds are plentiful but when my troops have issues getting the cold/wet weather gear that they need because of money... well at least I can take comfort in the fact that those sage green boots match my distinctive ABUs.
David, Nellis AFB

1/29/2010 11:25:29 PM ET Let me be the first to say it the green boots look awful. It doesn't matter what style the boots come in - the green boots look strange. What is wrong with the tan or black boots that everyone already has
Capt G, Texas

1/29/2010 5:45:19 PM ET Why must the boot be green We look ridiculous in these sage green boots. I continue to wear my BDU's and highly polished black boots. I hope someone comes along and changes our boots back to black or tan.
Ben Dover, LA

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