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Say Goodbye To The Navy’s Blue-And-Gray Camouflage Uniforms
The Navy plans to phase out its blue-and-gray camouflage uniform that was widely mocked for hiding only sailors who fell overboard and needed to be rescued, the service announced Thursday.
The Navy beginning Oct. 1 will transition to a green camouflage uniform that’s worn by expeditionary forces like SEALs, making it the standard throughout the service.
It will take three years to completely phase out the blue-and-gray uniforms, officially called Navy Working Uniform Type I and unofficially referred to as “blueberries.”
The woodland camouflage uniforms have a reputation for being more comfortable than the blue-and-grays, and sailors frequently requested to wear the former during all-hands call meetings with the Navy’s top leaders.
“As the CNO and I travel to see Sailors deployed around the world, one of the issues they consistently want to talk about are uniforms,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. “They want uniforms that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable … and they want fewer of them. We have heard the feedback and we are acting on it.”
The green camouflage uniforms will be issued to recruits beginning Oct. 1, 2017. By Oct. 1, 2019, all sailors will be expected to wear the green camouflage – known as Navy Working Uniform Type III – as their primary attire when ashore or in port.
Other uniform changes also are coming. The Navy will transition to a black cold-weather parka starting Oct. 1, 2018, as outerwear with the service and service dress uniform, the Navy said. That means the Navy all-weather coat, peacoat and reefer coat will become optional items. The mandatory implementation date for the parka is Oct. 1, 2020.
The Navy said the uniform and outerwear changes will cost $180 million over five years.
The Navy said sailors will be able to buy the green camouflage uniforms for personal wear through the Navy Exchange and call centers once there is enough inventory available. The Navy said it is developing an incremental regional fielding plan to phase in the new uniforms while allowing sailors to get their money’s worth out of their existing ones.
The Navy will cover the cost of the new uniforms for enlisted personnel, but officers will have to pay out of their own pockets, as required by law. Officers are given a $400 uniform stipend at the beginning of their careers.
© 2016 The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 soldiers and National Guard in the north of the country to stem the flow of illegal immigration across the border into the United States, the head of the Mexican Army said on Monday.
Mexico has not traditionally used security forces to stop undocumented foreign citizens leaving the country for the United States, and photographs of militarized police catching Central American and Cuban women at the border in recent days have met with criticism.
Mexico is trying to curb a surge of migrants from third countries crossing its territory in order to reach the United States, under the threat of tariffs on its exports by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made tightening border security a priority.
Packages containing suspected heroin were found in the home of the driver charged with killing seven motorcyclists Friday in the North Country, authorities said Monday.
Massachusetts State Police said the packages were discovered when its Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and New Hampshire State police arrested Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, at his West Springfield home. The packages will be tested for heroin, they said.
Zhukovskyy faces seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the North Country crash on Friday evening that killed seven riders associated with Jarhead Motorcycle Club, a club for Marines and select Navy corpsmen.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.