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RECENT PROJECT SUCCESS: FEMALE BODY ARMOR


Female Body Armor (FBA) completed Full Operational Capability by delivering total force quantities, July 2021. AFLCMC Human Systems Division completed the project. 

In October 2020, AFMC commander Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., remarked about FBA, saying "Every day Airmen across the Air Force Materiel Command are delivering war-winning capabilities to our warfighters. We can win on the battlefield because we provide tailored gear that protects all our Airmen and allows them to more effectively complete their mission."
 
Dr. Daniel Mountjoy (left), Christine Villa, and Maj. Saily Rodriguez, with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Human Systems Division, perform an inspection on new body armor units designed specifically for female Airmen in Security Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo / Brian Brackens)

Photo caption: October 2020: Dr. Daniel Mountjoy (left), Christine Villa, and Maj. Saily Rodriguez, with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Human Systems Division, perform an inspection on new body armor units designed specifically for female Airmen in Security Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo / Brian Brackens)

PROJECTS IN WORK

In-Flight Bladder Relief: 
Program Goal: Provide female aircrew with improved bladder relief devices to encourage healthy hydration habits and safe flight practices to better ensure mission effectiveness and minimize long-term health concerns for aircrew.

Status:  The HSD is placing promising AFWERX vendors on contract for prototype development.  Also, we remain fully committed with NAVAIR to ground and flight test two SBIRs (estimating flight tests to occur in Winter 2021).  Finally, we are working with Omni Medical Systems to improve their current system, which is in AF inventory. The Omni Medical Systems have completed flight testing, as of August 2021.

AF Gearfit: 
The AF GearFit is a secure, user-friendly website for aircrew to report their gear issues directly to AF equipment decision-makers. Gear issues that aircrew submit are collected in a dashboard, which AF leadership can then review and manage.  By partnering with BESPIN and vendor company, Skylight, the team is bridging the communication gap between aircrew and equipment decision-makers and providing users a quick and easy way to capture gear issues they experience. This critical data will assist equipment decision-makers when developing requirements for aircrew flight equipment. 
 
Status: Live testing has been rolled out to some ACC locations, and we are expanding and improving the functionality with direct feedback from aircrew and AF leadership.  Currently, we are working with leadership and other key members in the feedback chain to ensure that submissions are routed to the appropriate action officers.  Once that is developed, we will be able to expand to a larger audience.
 
GearFit can be accessed from any device  
Reach out to the GearFit team with questions at gearfit-support@kr.af.mil

 

PROJECTS IN WORK

Maternity Flight Suits: 
Program Goal: Provide aircrew a maternity flight duty uniform that allows them to continue performing flight duties and minimizes hazards caused by ill-fitting flight suits.

Status: Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO) recently completed the Fit, Wear, and Integration Tests for the 1-piece Maternity Flight Duty Uniform. Burn testing of that garment showed no major concerns.  The AFUO completed a Safe-to-Fly declaration from aircraft program offices that have also issued a positive air worthiness determination. Initial fielding expected Spring 2022.

Advanced Aircrew Combat Uniform - Female: 
Program Goal: Provide aircrew a female-variant to the current 2-piece Advanced Aircrew Combat Uniform that allows women to continue performing flight duties and minimizes hazards caused by ill-fitting flight suits.

Status: Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO) recently completed the Fit, Wear, and Integration Tests. Burn testing of that garment showed no major concerns. The AFUO completed a Safe-to-Fly declaration from aircraft program offices that have also issued a positive air worthiness determination. Initial fielding expected late Fall 2021.

Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet: 
Program Goal: Provide all aircrew with new fixed-wing helmet. Specific benefits for female aircrew include more sizes, lighter weight, better protection and better accommodation for female anthropometric needs. 

Status: Rapid prototype development underway utilizing anthropometric data captured at female fitment events. 

Next Generation Ejection Seat: 
Program Goal: Extend weight safety limit to accommodate more aircrew. Specific benefits for female aircrew include new anthropometric range (103lbs to 245 lbs). 
 

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ALL AIR FORCE WOMEN

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