U.S. Air Force ABU (Airman Battle Uniform)
(Above: Security Forces application webpage photo with U.S. Army General in foreground)
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ABU Development History
From it’s inception in 2002, the initial tiger stripe ABU project I was tasked to organize, was never intended to develop a first class effective camouflage. USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Jumper’s focus was to simply have a “distinctive” uniform that would be recognized as U.S. Air Force.
Contrary to my professional recommendations, the initial decision was to go with the fashionable blue tiger stripe. As was told to me, fabric durability, color retention, ease of care, uniform comfort, as well as a range of female sizing were high priorities while camouflage effectiveness was essentially unnecessary and a non-issue.
Rejecting my ideas for a camouflage effective distinctive uniform, I was essentially told to “file away my camo ideas” and do my job in just making a distinctive pattern. Numerous more field worthy patterns were submitted, all at well below market values. Leadership however, rejected them all in favor of the current ineffective jagged ABU digital tiger style. Simply following the digital camouflage lead of both the U.S.M.C. and U.S. Army, USAF leadership eventually selected a very ineffective substandard camouflage design with an even less effective colorway. (see at right)
Leadership also chose to close the ABU pattern off from any free market competition and only release it to manufacturers with a currently approved contract. You could not even get fabric to make a product sample without first having an approved contract for that item. This essentially stifles new product development as well as overall product availability. Not to mention keeping product prices high. From the start, I strongly suggested
against closing any pattern off from the open market but
was, again, ignored.
The initial “bright” ABU colorway was quickly found to be a distinct disadvantage in a war zone because the uniform stood out TOO much. The ABU’s colorway was then toned down. It is no coincidence that it “just happens” to more closely resemble the U.S. Army’s UCP-ACU colorway of the time. Check out the color similarities in the photo at the top of the page. A U.S. Army General is in the foreground wearing the UPC.
U.S. Air Force personnel are not wearing the current USAF ABU pattern in Afghanistan/Iraq operations but are instead borrowing the U.S. Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform. The U.S. Army is now wearing the OCP due to the fact that their Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), with it’s ineffective colorway, has finally been found to be an overall very poor performing camouflage. The U.S. Army has now dumped their admitted failed colorway and camouflage design. Bottom line, the current U.S. Air Force ABU tiger pattern is every bit as totally inadequate as was the U.S. Army’s failed UPC pattern.
I’m truly sorry I couldn’t have been more help in providing what was submitted to USAF leadership rather than what leadership ultimately selected. My copyrighted tiger stripe pattern, as well as digital designs in general, are not all inherently bad camouflages. Experience has shown that any pattern can quickly go bad when camouflage design amateurs enter the decision making equation or when the purpose is just to make a fashion statement.
UPDATE Sept 2014:
USAF says “no” to new camouflage.
Leadership sites they like the look of
USAF personnel in the current ABU tiger and with current budget constraints, they could not undertake a major uniform upgrade at this time. They also would prefer to save the individual Airman the personal financial cost incurred by upgrading to a single combat ready camouflage uniform.
Two uniforms… really?
One for show (USAF’s ABU) and one for go (U.S. Army’s OCP)? How much is that costing the individual Airman?
If you’re paying for your own combat uniform, why not make it an outstanding effective camouflage that while unique, will not stand out in the field. Plus, you do not have to borrow from the U.S. Army. Doesn’t it just make sense to give everybody in a hostile theater a superior camouflage edge no matter what the job?All Terrain Tiger™ does that job. Still, I don’t see the sense behind one pattern for
“show” and one for “go”. Once again,
All Terrain Tiger™ would more than
easily fill both requirements.
Despite speeches and some news reports, this terror war is far from
over. It would seem the other side doesn’t care to curtail their
aggression. It’s a basic leadership concept to have everyone in an
organization feel they’re ALL part of the same team. In today’s world,
ALL Airmen need and deserve a real combat ready uniform and not a
fashion statement. Hopefully, funding will be found (soon) to finance
the much needed organizational upgrade to a SINGLE real-world
camouflage such as the All Terrain Tiger™, SPEC-OPS TIGER™,
MilCam™, or StrikeCam™. The longer one waits, the more it’s
just going to cost to finally upgrade to ONE useful uniform.
Some wonder why they just can’t change the colorway of the current
pixelated tiger pattern but it’s not that simple. First, the pattern only
has four color zones allowing for only four different colors. A premium
all-terrain pattern really comes together with more than just four colors.
More importantly, the current artwork layout and pixel style is way too
unorganized to work together as an all-terrain design. The overall design
is not capable of supporting an effective quality all-terrain look. Your
result would be the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
All Terrain Tiger™ is down range ready and is very affordable. Not
everyone in the U.S. Air Force knows about All Terrain Tiger™
(ATT™), but some installations, such as Nellis AFB, are currently
unofficially utilizing ATT™ in training with outstanding results.
Airmen, help spread the word to other bases. It is a very valuable tool
in training scenarios as well as in the field. FAST TRACK the
All Terrain Tiger™. You will not be disappointed.
Computer generated photo of what All Terrain Tiger™ could look like on ALL Airmen TODAY. Less the All Terrain Tiger™ uniform, the remaining fashion camo uniforms and mismatched equipment resembles a third world army.
Disregarding the U.S. Army General wearing the failed UPC pattern in the foreground, somebody please get these and ALL Airmen a real-world camo pattern deserving of the most powerful air power on the planet.
The U.S. Air Force’s overall one mission to defend and protect the U.S. deserves ONE professional and useful uniform for all.
*Special Offer* Both Buckley AFB and Peterson AFB are within short driving distances of my location. I would be happy to travel and give any Airman an in-person hands-on
look at the All Terrain Tiger™ pattern. Please contact me to setup an appointment. Other interested AFB’s can also contact me to make other arrangements.
“Thank You” to all the individual Airmen from the following installations for repeatedly visiting this website and reading up on the “distinctive” ABU “Air Force tiger” and the significant upgrade to the outstanding real-world
All Terrain Tiger™ camouflage pattern for all Airmen.
Air Force Headquarters, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, – Pentagon
AFBs: Altus, Aviano, Beale, Columbus, Eielson, Goodfellow,
Hickham, Hurlburt, Incirlik, Kirtland, Lackland, Langley, Laughlin,
MacDill, Molesworth, Offut, Osan, Peterson (Twitter follower),
Ramstein, Shaw, Sheppard, Scott, Tinker, Vance, Vandenberg,
Wright Patterson, Yokota… many more to come.
Help spread the word to other bases.
“All one mission, All one useful camouflage uniform… All Terrain Tiger™”
Looks great and puts the Battle into the ABU
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As the designer of this great new copyrighted camouflage, peak all-terrain camouflage effectiveness was my number one priority. All Terrain Tiger™ would be a massive upgrade for both Garrison wear and Combat operations over the current USAF ABU.
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*Note; the human eye can adjust to light infinitely better than any camera. Also testing in
more sparse rocky terrain and grassland would have helped show off the pattern’s versatility.
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25 Nov 2015:
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