Air Force Signs Contract for Utility Belts, Ammo Pouches

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.

  • defensor fortisimo

    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

      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

    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

    Forgot the Shark Repellant Bat Spray!

  • Moondawg

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

    • Slag

      Probably not.

  • Moondawg

    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

      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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Phil

    “Security Forces airmen rarely, if ever, wore their blues up until the mandate for blues Fridays”…. hmmmm back when we were called Security Police… we used to wear them all the time… then a very bad thing happened that resulted in a whole lot of changes to our career field and made us realize we needed to be ready to fight at ANY TIME to protect our fellow Airmen and that looking pretty in our Blues needed to take a backseat to functionality… guess we’ve forgotten again…

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