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52 lawmakers: Don??t put troops in Chinese-made uniforms

A letter authored by Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) expresses a desire to see troops in uniforms that are 100 percent American-made.

After a U.S. airman refused to wear Chinese-made combat boots while deployed to Afghanistan this summer, a bipartisan group of legislators are calling on the Pentagon to review their uniform policies.

Authored by Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and co-signed by 50 fellow House members, a letter sent today to the Defense Department??s Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Frank Kendall expresses a desire to see troops in uniforms that are 100 percent American-made.

The letter asks Kendall to examine the Defense Department??s compliance with the 1941 Berry Amendment, which stipulates that DoD give preference in procurement to domestically manufactured goods.

??We should not rely on other countries, particularly those who may have competing global interests, to supply our forces with basic items,? the lawmakers wrote. ??This is especially true when there are millions of Americans looking for work. More importantly, our soldiers deserve to fight in uniforms, including footwear, that are made in the U.S.A.?

Air Force Times first reported in June that Air Force Master Sgt. Steve Adachi took a stand against wearing his issued Chinese-made combat boots. When he asked if he could exchange the boots for an American-made product, he was told ??good luck,? the publication reported.

Air Force officials have said the Berry Amendment does not apply to all procurement situations because its requirements can be waived for buys less than $150,000.

Last week Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also sent a letter to Kendall asking the Pentagon to comply with the Berry Amendment.

A spokesman for Kendall has told media outlets that DoD policy is to buy American boots and uniforms, and will remain so.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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52 lawmakers: Don’t put troops in Chinese-made uniforms

After a U.S. airman refused to wear Chinese-made combat boots while deployed to Afghanistan this summer, a bipartisan group of legislators are calling on the Pentagon to review their uniform policies.

Authored by Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and co-signed by 50 fellow House members, a letter sent today to the Defense Department’s Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Frank Kendall expresses a desire to see troops in uniforms that are 100 percent American-made.

The letter asks Kendall to examine the Defense Department’s compliance with the 1941 Berry Amendment, which stipulates that DoD give preference in procurement to domestically manufactured goods.

“We should not rely on other countries, particularly those who may have competing global interests, to supply our forces with basic items,” the lawmakers wrote. “This is especially true when there are millions of Americans looking for work. More importantly, our soldiers deserve to fight in uniforms, including footwear, that are made in the U.S.A.”

Air Force Times first reported in June that Air Force Master Sgt. Steve Adachi took a stand against wearing his issued Chinese-made combat boots. When he asked if he could exchange the boots for an American-made product, he was told “good luck,” the publication reported.

Air Force officials have said the Berry Amendment does not apply to all procurement situations because its requirements can be waived for buys less than $150,000.

Last week Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also sent a letter to Kendall asking the Pentagon to comply with the Berry Amendment.

A spokesman for Kendall has told media outlets that DoD policy is to buy American boots and uniforms, and will remain so.

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