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Another domino has fallen: Global Strike Command is ending mandatory Blues Mondays, the command announced via Facebook and Twitter on Thursday.
"Global Strikers, depending on how much you love your blues, this is either an early Christmas gift or a lump of coal for you!" a message on the command's Facebook page says.
Effective Jan. 1, numbered air force and wing commanders will decide what uniforms their airmen will wear on Mondays, the message says. Commanders will make sure airmen present a "disciplined, professional image consistent with the high standards of our mission and our command."
Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Global Strike Command, decided to let commanders determine whether or not to continue Blues Mondays after consulting with his senior staff, command spokesman Lt. Col. Ron Watrous said.
"Just to kind of summarize the discussion, I think it's a contrast between those who have served longer that remember when blues were the standard uniform versus the generation — and larger group of airmen — who are serving now that came in when we had a higher op tempo with Afghanistan and Iraq and haven't had to wear the blues as often," Watrous said.