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131st Bomb Wing completes issuing OCP uniforms

Master Sgt. Carissa Allen, a materials management supervisor with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, issues operational camouflage pattern uniforms to an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2020. 131LRS was able to issue the new uniforms to all wing Airmen 6 months ahead of the Air Force’s deadline. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Master Sgt. Carissa Allen, a materials management supervisor with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, issues operational camouflage pattern uniforms to an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2020. 131LRS was able to issue the new uniforms to all wing Airmen 6 months ahead of the Air Force’s deadline. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Staff Sgt. Dariyn Olas, a material management specialist with 131st LRS tests the integrity of an M-50 general purpose gas mask. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Staff Sgt. Dariyn Olas, a material management specialist with 131st LRS tests the integrity of an M-50 general purpose gas mask. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Master Sgt. Carissa Allen, a materials management supervisor with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, issues operational camouflage pattern uniforms to an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2020. The squadron was able to issue the new uniforms to all wing Airmen six months ahead of the Air Force’s deadline. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Master Sgt. Carissa Allen, a materials management supervisor with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, issues operational camouflage pattern uniforms to an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2020. The squadron was able to issue the new uniforms to all wing Airmen six months ahead of the Air Force’s deadline. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Master Sgt. Brian Bilbruck, a material management specialist with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspects returned weapons cases during Unit Training Assembly November 14, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

Master Sgt. Brian Bilbruck, a material management specialist with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspects returned weapons cases during Unit Training Assembly November 14, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- The 131st Bomb Wing’s Logistics Readiness Squadron successfully completed issuing new operational camouflage pattern (OCP) uniforms to all Airmen in the wing six months ahead of the Air Force’s April 2021 deadline.

The 131st Bomb Wing is one of only four wings in the Air National Guard that fully completed outfitting Airmen with the new OCP uniform in fiscal year 2020.

“Preparation by unit leaders to collect Airmen’s sizing information was instrumental in achieving this goal.” Said Master Sgt. Brian Bilbruck, a material management specialist with the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron. “When funding became available, we were able to purchase uniforms quickly and efficiently.”

In contrast to their active-duty counterparts who are provided an annual stipend to purchase uniform pieces as needed, Air National Guard members rely on their units to source and distribute uniforms and equipment. The wing was also able to take advantage of available resources to ensure deploying Airmen had OCP wet weather gear and new first aid kits.

“This team never fails on mission,” said 131st LRS Commander Lt. Col. Jeff Bishop. “They always step up and find creative ways to get the mission done. They had to create a process from scratch to accurately size, sort, package, and distribute uniforms to 1200 Airmen who need them in 22 units across three locations – and do it on a tight deadline.”