Commentary

September 13, 2013

Does it really matter if I wear my uniform properly, with pride?

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Perry
Schriever AFB, Colo.

I have been asked countless times throughout my career and may have even asked the question myself as a young Airman sitting inside a storage area at McConnell Air Force Base. Why does it really matter if Airmen wear their uniform properly and why do the senior NCOs talk about Air Force Instruction 35-10 all the time?

First, if you do not know what 35-10 is, find a retiree or someone who has been in for 15 plus years and they will fill you in answering. Second, I believe it is important to know the history behind military uniforms before pondering the question.

Up until World War I and the invention of electronic communications, the militaries of the world wore distinctive uniforms so commanders could look out across the battle field, manage the battle and tell who was who. The transformation from brightly colored very distinct uniforms to the many versions of camouflage we have seen since World War I occurred for two reasons: trench warfare and the invention of the fighter plane, which made it very desirable for Soldiers to blend into their environment.

Whether it is an enlisted Airman, U.S. Air Force Academy in basic training, an officer in ROTC or Officer Training School, uniforms are one the first things we are issued. At that point, every Airman became something bigger than him or herself and voluntarily agrees to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their nation if called upon to do so. Even though your last name is on most uniforms you wear, it is not about your name, it is about the U.S. Air Force name tape on the left pocket of your Airman Battle Uniform or on the distinct blue uniforms we wear. This tells anyone around the world that you belong to most lethal and elite Air Force the world has ever known.

It has been argued, and something I agree with wholeheartedly, if you cannot wear your uniform properly, how can you be trusted to accomplish your daily tasks properly? Will you take short cuts on a satellite commanding checklist or not properly check every vehicle and its occupants coming through the gate? Most would consider those tasks as very simple but if not properly performed could result in bad things happening to a satellite or base personnel.

Now take a moment and think about the people who have mentored you and more importantly who you have looked up to during your career. I would bet who they always looked good in their uniforms and you never thought; they looked sloppy or needed a haircut. Most importantly without saying a word, you knew they had pride not only in the Air Force but also pride in the uniform they wore.

These are just a few examples of why everyone should wear their uniform properly and with pride.

There of course are many more and everyone has their own reasons why. Finally I will leave you with; the next time you are putting on your uniform take a moment and reflect on the fact that most Americans will never get to experience wearing a military uniform and do not forget you are representing something bigger than yourself.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs March 27, 2015

Enlisted promotion ceremony The Edwards Enlisted Promotion Ceremony is 3 p.m., March 31 in the base theater. Promotees and commanders will be in service dress. Uniform of the day for all other attendees will be uniform of the day or business casual. CPTS delayed opening The 412th Comptroller Squadron will delay opening until 11 a.m.,...
 
 

Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

Have you ever been told you didn’t have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it? I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

Edwards joint maintenance team completes significant JSF propulsion verification event

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy maintainers, DOD employees and Pratt and Whitney contractors work on an F135 engine March 17 as part of a week-long to provide verified tec...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards heroes save coworker’s life

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Left to right: Moses Zamora, Neil Edwards, Robin “Bubba” Hairston, and Derrick Shannon are heavy equipment operators with the 412th Civil Engineer Group who saved the life of their...
 
 

Edwards CAP squadron to host open house

Edwards AFB’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron will host an open house will be held at the Oasis Community Center 6-8 p.m., March 31. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the squadron cadet program demonstrations. Cadets will be sharing their CAP training experience in the following cadet programs: * Aerospace Education including remotely controlled aircraft and...
 
 
pageant

2015 Edwards Royalty crowned

Courtesy photograph The new Edwards Community Queens were crowned March 21 during the 2015 pageant held at the Oasis Community Center. They are (back row from left) Miss (Danika Blake), Teen Miss (Ariana Medina), Junior Miss (H...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>