The U.S. Air Force is gathering feedback from its leaders and servicemen to “better equip and dress its force,” said the Air Force’s Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.
According to Goldfein, a team of airmen is reviewing “not only flight suits, but all the gear needed to fly for hours on end.” The team plans to make recommendations at the start of October, after which, they will be “submitted for funding consideration,” said spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.
However, some changes to flight suits and other gear are already in the works, as noted by Col. Brady Hauboldt in a statement. For female members of the aircrew, flight suits were said to be “lacking” in fit and sizes ranges.
Changes to bladder relief systems are taking place, too, with “baggies lined with absorbent sponges” being replaced with the Aircrew Mission Extender Device (AMXD), which allows aircrew to relieve themselves “without having to unstrap from the aircraft seat.” While 356 AMXD kits have already been delivered, the Air Force plans to order an additional 1,619.
Goldfein has been working with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to highlight and improve these issues.