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Exchange to transition to rip-stop airman battle uniform

DALLAS -- As the Air Force transitions from the airman battle uniform, or ABU, to the rip-stop airman battle uniform, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will no longer be able to order the ABU once the Defense Logistics Agency's stock is depleted.

"While the ABUs will still be authorized for wear, they will not be carried in Exchange Military Clothing Stores as the RABU will completely replace the older, heavier ABU," said Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, the Exchange's senior enlisted advisor.

The RABU is a lighter, nylon and cotton blend that has been available for Airmen at Military Clothing Stores since June 2012. The RABU is also cooler than the ABU and features a wrinkle-resistant finish.

Military members can access the Exchange's Military Clothing Store at by clicking "Military Clothing Store" under the store locator link at the bottom of the page or locate the nearest Military Clothing brick and mortar location through the store locator link at

(Information courtesy of Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs)

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