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Mondays now blues day for Air Force members and Air Guardsmen in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Many 162nd Fighter Wing members will now be wearing the blue uniform on Mondays. 

The new uniform policy stems from a recent four-star conference where Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz discussed the issue with other senior leaders.

"Post-9/11, we've moved away from our blue uniforms almost altogether and have transformed into an Air Force that wears our utility uniform on a daily basis," General Schwartz said in a memo he sent to all service members. "During our recent four-star summit, we had several discussions concerning our uniforms ... [and] we all agreed that part of our image, culture and professionalism is instilled in our blues."

For some career fields, such as aircraft maintenance, security forces and for personnel who often work outdoors - wearing blues will not be mandatory.

Specific details about who will wear blues on Mondays will be determined at the group level. 

The policy is mandatory for most career fields across the Air Force, with installation commanders retaining the authority to adjust for mission requirements.