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Urban Outfitters Rolls Out Central Issue Facility Fall Catalog
The military usually isn’t the first organization that pops into your mind when someone says “fall fashion.” Just take a quick look around the barracks at the boot Marines and junior soldiers rocking tucked-in polos with undershirts and sneakers for a night out at the local watering hole — not necessarily what you’d expect walking the streets of Madison Avenue. But the times they are a changin,’ and even the biggest brands want a piece of that warfighter style.
Introducing the Vintage Surplus Cozy Fleece Jacket from Urban Outfitters:
There’s something strikingly familiar about this particular garment. Not sure if I’ve seen it paired with a high-waisted jean skirt before, but I’ve certainly seen it somewhere … Oh, that’s right:
New York Army National Guard soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 101 Signal Company, prepare to close off entrances to Interstate 287 in response to Winter Storm Stella at Camp Smith, N.Y., March 14, 2017.Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis
Urban Outfitters’ Vintage Surplus Cozy Fleece Jacket, which comes in at $59 and went on sale in late September, is essentially a vaguely stylish knockoff of the off-grey or coyote brown Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) Fleece Jacket issued to active-duty troops. While it’s certainly cozy, it’s not really vintage — more like the post-9/11 Central Issue Facility fall and winter catalog.
This is hardly the first time an apparel company has pulled inspiration from post-9/11 gear to produce something akin to combat chic, with Nike debuting a familiar — really familiar — set of new kicks in November 2016. But say what you will about seeing a piece of weathered combat garb on the clothing rack at Urban Outfitters: $59 is still a hell of a lot cheaper than a four-year enlistment — even if unit patches don’t come included with this particular jacket.
H/t to Lindsey Kibler for flagging this deadringer for Project Runway: Kandahar.
The prison complex at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba naval station built after the Sept. 11 attacks that was billed as the venue for the "worst of the worst" in international terrorism now seems be the site of the "worst of the worst" in government excess.
As reporter Carole Rosenberg wrote in The New York Times on Monday, the total cost in 2018 for housing just 40 prisoners, paying the guards, and running the military tribunals there is somewhere north of $540 million, or roughly $13 million per prisoner.
Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland -- The U.S. Air Force will call its new trainer the T-7A "Red Hawk."
Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan announced the name of the jet, known previously as the T-X, on Monday, alongside retired Col. Charles McGee, who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.
"The name, Red Hawk, honors the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, and pays homage to their signature red-tailed aircraft from World War II," Donovan said here during the annual Air, Space and Cyber conference.
The Special Forces community is honoring the life of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, whom his commander described as a superlative soldier and beloved teammate.
"He was a warrior - an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces soldier that will never be forgotten," Col. Owen G. Ray, commander of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said in a news release. "We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran held talks with a delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, a week after peace talks between the United States and the Islamist insurgents collapsed.
Iran said in December it had been meeting with Taliban representatives with the knowledge of the Afghan government, after reports of U.S.-Taliban talks about a ceasefire and a possible withdrawal of foreign troops.
The Marine lieutenant colonel who was removed from command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May is accused of lying to investigators looking into allegations of misconduct, according to a copy of his charge sheet provided to Task & Purpose on Monday.