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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.
An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.
On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.