The Air Force uniform reflects their Army Air Corps roots combined with the start of a new tradition of their own which began on January 18, 1949, when President Truman approved the distinctive Air Force blue uniform. The Air Force has several uniforms including the Service Dress, Dress, and Battle Dress uniforms, which, like the other services, have differing components and manner of dress depending on the situation and therank of the Airman.
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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- When it comes to Air Force physical fitness training, reflective belts are out and black socks are in. Hot-pink cell phones are now OK too, while in uniform, as are morale T-shirts and patches -- but only on Fridays. Changes in what airmen can and cannot wear while working out or while on the job are spelled o... more
Some U.S. Air Force personnel will suit up in the Army's new camouflage pattern next year, but most airmen will have to keep wearing their service's distinctive tiger-stripe pattern. The Air Force has decided not to follow the Army's recent decision to replace its digital camouflage pattern. The ruling marks a reversal from a decade ago whe... more
WASHINGTON — Under pressure from lawmakers, the Army, Navy and Air Force changed their uniform policies Monday to allow female servicemembers to sport previously banned hairstyles. The changes came after a DOD-wide hairstyle policy review directed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel earlier this year. Some servicemembers and members of ... more
1947 -- The U.S. Air Force Gains its IndependenceWorld War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The U.S. Air Force thus entered a new era in which airpower became firmly established as a major element of the nation's... more
Early Years On Aug. 1, 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take "charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects." The Signal Corps began testing its first airplane at Fort Myer, Va., on Aug. 20, 1908, and on Sept. 9, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, flying with O... more