See how much the Army’s uniform has changed over the last 240 years.
See how much the Army’s uniform has changed over the last 240 years.
Source: Defense News
While rumors of each branch of the military switching to the same uniform pattern have swirled for years, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell put those rumors to rest at a recent Air Force Association conference panel. Troxell stated definitively that there are no plans for a joint uniform pattern, adding that while the standard principles of war still apply, each service has a different culture and way of doing business.
Source: Navy Times
The Navy announced a two-year rollout plan for putting the new Navy Working Uniform Type IIIs in every sailor’s seabag. The transition went into effect Oct. 1 and ends on the same date in 2019, when everyone in the service will be required to have the green uniform in their seabags — and the current “blueberries” will be no more.
The rules of engagement in the world of protective gear are changing. Chemical warfare, for example, is no longer just a possibility. It’s a growing offshore battlefield threat and a Homeland Security concern as well. Meanwhile other disasters, including a growing number of 100-year floods and massive hurricanes, appear to be on the rise.
These and other factors have increased the need for protective gear worn by the personnel brought in to mop up chemical spills, or work in other dangerous, contaminated environments. Recent events in the world, prefaced by two US Army events this past summer attended by W. L. Gore & Associates’ ChemBio teams, underscore this fact.
At the 2017 CBRN Exhibition held at Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri, Gore’s ChemBio scientists and product experts showcased several life-protecting innovations, including their ground-breaking protective outerwear, made from GORE® CHEMPAK® fabric with stretch technology. CBRN stands for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear. Garments made from this fabric are ideal for operations that potentially involve chemical and biological threats in vapor, aerosol and liquid form.
Fort Wood is training headquarters for the U.S. Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear school. The fourth annual CBRN Exhibition was hosted by the Chemical Corps Regimental Association (CCRA) and took place during the CBRN Senior Executive Leader’s Symposium at Fort Wood. The Exhibition coincides with briefings with the commandant of the training school. It was an important setting to discuss the multiple protective capabilities of Gore’s chemical and biological protective fabric solutions.
Designed for increased mobility and to remain highly protective against ChemBio hazards during physically-demanding missions, the GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric is lightweight and flexible, providing wearers with unencumbered movement, increased range of movement and improved peripheral visibility. The fabric’s breathable performance helps minimize thermal impact by allowing perspiration vapor (sweat) to escape and the stretch construction of the close-fitting undergarment provides additional comfort by eliminating the thermal insulating layer that surrounds your body.
Applications include search and rescue, SWAT and high-risk entry, hazardous material emergency missions, WMD or terrorist incidents and contamination and decontamination.
The CBRN Exhibition at Fort Wood is considered one of the leading gatherings of US military, government, academic and industry leadership in the CBRN and WMD (weapons of mass destruction) sectors. The Exhibition is a showcase for leading technologies and practices that can be used to by the defense industry and others in the event of a nuclear disaster, chemical warfare event or ChemBio disaster.
GORE® CHEMPAK® products were also showcased a few weeks ago at the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)-CBRN defense Conference and Exhibition, which took place in August in Wilmington, Delaware. The purpose of that annual show is to promote the exchange of new scientific, technical and operational information to defense, private industry and homeland security decision makers. Here, Gore’s ChemBio team brought samples of their new protective outerwear designed with GORE® CHEMPAK® with stretch technology.
For over 30 years, Gore has been a pioneer developing high-performance barrier fabrics for the military, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS personnel and more and staying at the forefront of R&D in protective gear is a key mission.
For more information, you can go to: GORE® Chemical/Biological Protective Clothing System
Finding safety gear that meets multiple criteria needs has always been a challenge for military and corporate safety apparel procurers.
In the past, soldiers – or private industry workers exposed to rain, wind, snow and fire hazards – have had to sacrifice one protective quality for another, or give up comfort for FR apparel that provides adequate protection against the elements.
It’s a dilemma, but one that can now live in the past with the introduction of GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology to the world of safety apparel. And with this advance, products such as Drifire’s new FR Rain Jacket and Pant made from Gore’s revolutionary, self-extinguishing PYRAD® fabric are now entering the market.
Since the mid 1990’s, Drifire has specialized in bringing first-generation, moisture-management FR products to market, primarily targeted toward a military audience. GORE PYRAD®, which is not only self-extinguishing but also windproof, waterproof and breathes, is a perfect fit with Drifire’s mission.
By eliminating flame propagation, adding thermal insulation and maintaining thermal stability, GORE® PYRAD® fabric technologies deliver protection against flash fires, pool fires, electric arcs, hot water and high pressure steam splash, in addition to hot molten liquid splash hazards.
The Drifire jacket features internal pockets, a removable hood and a bias cut that overlaps the pant. In addition to providing FR protection, this safety rain suit is durable, and also made from a fabric flexible and comfortable enough to support ease of movement.
PYRAD® has passed multiple torch and fire tests at the famed NC State College of Textiles Pyroman lab and the Drifire jacket and pant were recently the focus of a brief article in Soldier Systems.
The Drifire PYRAD® FR rain jacket and pant will be available this fall.
For more information on the Drifire PYRAD® FR rain jacket and pant and GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology go to:
Injuries from explosives and other fire hazards on the battlefield represent one of the toughest dangers facing war fighters today. Burn-related hospital stays are often long and expensive. But the impact of a fire injury on a war fighter is potentially much greater and can have devastating, life-altering, debilitating consequences.
Ever wary of this battlefield menace, the US Department of Defense is continually looking for Fire Retardant and Flame Resistant (FR) gear that can provide multiple levels of protection. In response, W.L. Gore & Associates is investing heavily in the time, talent and testing capabilities to support their commitment to the development of next-gen FR.
For decades, Gore has been at the forefront of the development of next generation heat and flame protective textiles and to this end, last fall unveiled a new, state-of-the-art Heat and Flame Protection Laboratory. Housed at Gore’s headquarters in Elkton, Maryland, USA, the new lab allows Gore’s textile scientists to precisely measure and analyze the ability of the new materials they’ve developed for three key elements of burn protection: flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability.
The lab is four times the size of Gore’s former heat and flame testing lab at 1,350 square feet and is home to a new generation of high tech testing equipment and technology.
In a presentation at the annual AATCC International 2017 Conference, held this year in Wilmington, NC, USA, Gore scientist Mustafa Arifoglu discussed the new lab’s capabilities.
This includes a Micro Combustion Calorimeter, Cone Calorimeter, testing for Thermal Protection Performance (TPP) and the technology to conduct the Stored Energy Test (SET), Vertical Flame Test, the Folded Edge Flame Test and the Surface Impingement Test.
These in-house capabilities support Gore’s development of novel heat and flame protection technologies at the component, laminate and composite level and include the ability to measure Flame Resistance, Thermal Insulation and Thermal Stability.
The new lab also underscores Gore’s science-based culture and history as a developer of advanced materials that enhance performance and provide protection in even the harshest and most demanding environments. This includes gear and uniforms for the military, as well as firefighters, oil and gas workers and police officers.
GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology, a self-extinguishing fabric developed recently by Gore, is just one FR innovation from Gore’s Heat & Flame Protection scientists. GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology delivers protection beyond ASTM F1891 and ASTM F2733 requirements and its revolutionary self-extinguishing properties provide durable and comfortable protection while additionally protecting the wearer from incidental heat and flame injury.
The new lab can set the stage for yet even more advanced FR capabilities. This applies not only to personnel apparel and outerwear, but tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and other textile materials commonly needed in battle.
For more information on the new labs, Gore’s Heat and Flame Protection Technologies, and the Fire and Safety Unit, go to:
Gore Military’s next-generation protective outerwear innovations are continuing to gain attention from war fighters around the globe. A recent example is the LANPAC 2017 Symposium & Exposition in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, which took place in late May.
LANPAC is an international event sponsored by the Association of the US Army that focuses on the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and their contributions to the Joint Force in peace and war.
Several of Gore’s latest outerwear innovations were showcased here, including our breakthrough GORE® Katana Fabric uniform by Arc’teryx, and the Outdoor Research MultiCam Infiltrator Jacket made in part from GORE-TEX Fabric with Stretch Technology. The GORE® PYRAD® FR Lightweight (LWL) Loft Jacket and the GORE-TEX PYRAD® Hardshell Jacket were also on display as well as our Gen III Level 6 ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System).
The reception to all of the above from key military personnel was overwhelmingly positive. A perfect example was GORE® Katana Fabric, a new fabric designed for outerwear worn in hot arid and hot tropical regions. GORE® Katana Fabric provides a durable, breathable, quick dry alternative to the fabrics currently being used in uniforms worn by war fighters stationed in the Asia-Pacific theater. With training underway in this region by the US Army — and predictions that this region could become an area of potential conflict — GORE® Katana Fabric offers a new uniform option specifically designed to support mission success under this region’s demanding climate conditions.
GORE® Katana Fabric is a blend of ePTFE, Nylon and Cotton (NYCO) fibers that provides an ideal combination of air permeability, fast dry time, strength-to-weight ratio and no melt/no drip.
GORE-TEX Fabric with Stretch Technology was also showcased. This GORE-TEX innovation provides enhanced maneuverability in jackets, whether or not insulative materials are worn underneath. The PYRAD products showcased our dedication to developing outerwear materials that are lightweight and breathable but also provide enhanced FR capabilities. PYRAD, for example, is self-extinguishing.
Gore was the only exhibitor at this show displaying protective outerwear products designed to provide protection against both a wide spectrum of weather conditions and flash-fire. Altogether, the materials on display demonstrate Gore’s continued research into the strategic needs of war fighters in various climates and our focus on R&D efforts dedicated to developing forward-thinking innovations for future combat needs.
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At the 2017 SOFIC Conference and Exhibition in Tampa, Florida, USA, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. showcased a new generation of high tech, tactical uniforms and protective clothing developed to support Special Operations Forces Command personnel on missions around the globe.
From durable clothing designed to protect war fighters from a broad range of chemical and biological agents, to uniforms specially developed for extended wear in dry hot, hot humid and tropical environments, these products showcased are made from fabrics enhanced with Gore’s ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) technologies.
You can learn more through this story on Soldier Systems.
SOFIC, which is formally known as the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, took place May 16-18 at the Tampa Convention Center. You can learn more about the show at SOFIC 2017.
Product details can be viewed at Gore Tactical Uniforms & Chem/Bio Outerwear.
Last week W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) featured products from GORE® Military Fabrics, GORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials and GORE®Cables and Materials at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN.
At Booth 1045, Gore exhibited their extensive collection of high-performance technical solutions that incorporate the latest materials science — ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) — to meet the military’s complex functional needs and rigorous industry requirements.
From Military Fabrics, this included the Fire-Resistant Environmental Ensemble, also known as FREE, which provides fire protection and breathable comfort in extreme weather. FREE has been engineered with specialized flame-retardant and antistatic properties. This lightweight Fire-Resistant Environmental Ensemble withstands the heat and flame threats that soldiers may encounter in combat vehicles and on aviation missions.
We also showcased the Massif® Battleshield™ and Battleshield X™ collection of clothing products and accessories made with GORE® FR Stretch Technology. Massif delivers lightweight, highly breathable, durable tactical garments with enhanced flash-fire protection in a soft and comfortable form. Massif® also combines breathability with protection from wind and light rain exposure.
Also on display was Gore’s portfolio of durable GORE® Cables and Materials engineered to perform reliably now and over time. Products highlighted included small, lightweight high data rate cables; no-cure, lightweight GORE™ SKFYLEX™ Aerospace Materials; and excellent shielding materials.
More and more W. L. Gore and Associates brand partners in the US and abroad have begun incorporating GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology into outerwear for war fighters. This includes European brands developing high tech, insulated outerwear for missions in extremely cold settings.
A recent example is Carinthia, an Austrian military gear brand. At this year’s International Weapons Exhibition (IWA) in Germany, Carinthia introduced a cold weather garment featuring GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology.
Carinthia is well known for high-performing cold weather clothing, sleep systems and shelters, and the new PYRAD® jacket introduced at IWA is geared toward military and tactical markets in the European Union. In addition to leveraging GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology’s revolutionary self-extinguishing properties, the jacket is cold and wind resistant to -30°F and supports dangerous missions in higher elevations and extreme cold conditions.
When laminated to nylon, polyester, and other fabrics, self-extinguishing GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology provides exceptional protection against heat and fire by balancing flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability. This is key, as militaries around the globe are increasingly looking for textile technologies that meet both FR and no melt, no drip requirements while allowing the fabric to still insulate, wick and breathe.
You can learn more about GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology and Carinthia at the links below.