Blues Security ForcesThe Air Force issued a contract to Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. to provide black nylon gear for Security Forces airmen’s blues uniforms for the next five years. 

The contract includes the utility belt, belt keepers, handcuff case, radio case, single magazine M9 ammo pouch, triple magazine M4 ammo pouch, chemical spray holder, baton holder, silent key ring holder and glove pouch. The contract runs from January 2014 to January 2019.

Security Forces airmen rarely, if ever, wore their blues up until the mandate for blues Fridays. Since then, Security Forces are wearing their blues uniforms more often and needed to update their utility belts, ammo pouches and handcuff cases.

Any future purchases of this related gear must be made through Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., according to an Air Force memorandum issued March 6. The company, which is based in Virginia Beach, Va., sounds like it should be supplying flippers and snorkel masks, but it’s actually a major equipment provider for the Defense Department.

In 2010, Atlantic Diving Supply did enter a legal battle with a non-profit that supplied boots to through the U.S. State Department to African troops. Those boots never made it to the African troops because the non-profit, Bancroft Global Development, accused the company of supplying 18,000 boots “akin to costume boots never intended for daily use, much less military training,” according to court documents.

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defensor fortisimo March 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

One of the perks of working overseas is I've dodged the bullet of blues days. I do not envy the poor stateside bastards.
And this still begs the question what would happen if they had to don personal protection or, God forbid, actually have to chase after someone.
Moral of the story, leadership did not think this one through. What a twist.


Dave March 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Over the last decade-plus the AF has not been particularly noteworthy when it comes to leadership. It's a bit of an old fashion concept apparently.


Moondawg March 18, 2014 at 1:44 am

The AF doesn't have enough $$ to keep it's planes in the air, but has lots of $$ to buy unnecessary, and unneeded webgear, just so it's SP's can wear blues on Fridays? Insanity. It just goes to show how serious our military really is about saving the taxpayers' $$.


Jlee March 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

Forgot the Shark Repellant Bat Spray!


Moondawg March 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Was there a competitive bid for this web gear? Is the tax payer getting the best price for a given quality?


Slag March 19, 2014 at 10:13 am

Probably not.


Moondawg March 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

So, what is wrong with the web gear they wear with their utility or field uniform they wear the other six days of the week?. It is already paid for, and in use. Why not save some allegedly scarce defense dollars?


defensor fortisimo March 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

Well considering the whole point of blues days is "looking professional," I'm pretty sure that would be considered the tactical equivalent of wearing socks with sandals. Plus the DFLECS leaves a lot to be desired in any case.


CDS March 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Honestly, even "blues Fridays" or "blues Mondays" rarely mattered. In every unit I've been in, the cops posting out wore their BDUs or ABUs. Because every cop values the fact those uniforms are better for wrestling with troublemakers and other dirty work the cops on flight have to do. I would put down money that the driving force behind this is that someone who is NOT a cop, but who has ducks or stars on his / her uniform sat back one day and said "I remember when the cops at the gate wore blues, and I thought it looked great, so let's do that…"


Alan Ruechel March 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Are they sure all that will fit on the required and much sought after 32" waist? Never did like wearing the blues. Camos were more comfortable and I think projected a better image of readiness and proficiency. In fact I always thought the blues should be reserved for special occasions and outings.


Garry Bowman April 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

While critics have always to say something negative, I think this is a great step to sign the contract. This is, after all, about ensuring safety of both the Security Forces and the civilians.


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