Uniform 2019

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airflow so the uniform's cooler. We improved the fabric making it more durable, also better color fastness, a little less wrinkle…" "People were concerned with the amount of the extra material up front," said another member of the Uniform Program staff at the time, then Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave McLoughlin. He said the new ODU was redesigned with a slimmer look. They also added embroidered Coast Guard shields to the pockets of the blouse and pants, and the hook and loop fastener was replaced with buttons. C O N T I N U I N G T O I M P R O V E T H E O D U Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason Vanderhaden is currently working with the Uniform Program on a third generation of the ODU. The current uniform can be very heavy and hot in warm climates. Vanderhaden and the Uniform Program are working on a lightweight version, which just completed the testing phase and is in the final approval process. The group is also evaluating the possibility of allowing members to wear the American flag and Coast Guard ensign on the ODU. "As the Coast Guard continues to operate in a wide variety of demanding conditions, we need to outfit our members in a uniform that enables flexibility, presents a professional appearance and above all supports readiness," said Vanderhaden. "With that in mind, we're looking at improving the ODU's functionality and source stability while keeping the overall presence of a sharp military uniform on par with our sister services." The confidence that comes from wearing the Coast Guard uniform is universal, regardless of rank or time served. The uniform continues to be a point of pride among the members of the Coast Guard, and serves as a reminder to the public of the strength of the service. � " A S T H E C O A S T G U A R D C O N T I N U E S T O O P E R A T E I N A W I D E V A R I E T Y O F D E M A N D I N G C O N D I T I O N S , W E N E E D T O O U T F I T O U R M E M B E R S I N A U N I F O R M T H A T E N A B L E S F L E X I B I L I T Y , P R E S E N T S A P R O F E S S I O N A L A P P E A R A N C E A N D , A B O V E A L L , S U P P O R T S R E A D I N E S S . " — J A S O N V A N D E R H A D E N M A S T E R C H I E F P E T T Y O F F I C E R O F T H E C O A S T G U A R D WEARING THE UNTUCKED OPERATIONAL DRESS UNIFORM, ADM. KARL SCHULTZ, COAST GUARD COMMANDANT, ADDRESSES THE MEMBERS OF COAST GUARD SECTOR LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH. PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS MARK BARNEY 12 RESERVIST � Uniform Issue • 2019

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