25 Jun '12, 12pm

Master sgt. says no to Chinese-made boots - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Master sgt. says no to Chinese-made boots - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/06/airforce-master-sergeant-no-chinese-made-boots-062512/ Master sgt. says no to Chinese-made boots By Jeff Schogol - Staff writer Posted : Monday Jun 25, 2012 7:33:32 EDT Master Sgt. Steve Adachi is willing to fight for his country, but not in the Chinese-made boots his unit gave him. “I’m troubled that the military continues to downsize because of the budget deficits — budget deficits which are in part a result of millions of unemployed American workers,” Adachi wrote in a letter to Air Force Times. “How many American workers are unemployed because military clothing is being produced in foreign countries?” Adachi is a reservist deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, with the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing as an adviser to the Afghan air force. His home unit is the 624th Regional Support Group in Hawaii. Before he deployed, his unit gave him ...

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Comments

  1. 02 Jul '12, 11am

    There is more to the story though. The boots that were issued to me in Afghanistan cost MORE than the price quote for American made tan boots at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter in HI. The company who sold the Chinese boots did make some incredulous claims "2 to 3 pounds" lighter than an American boot. This claim is false and could be easily dispelled.
    Even more compelling is the Berry Amendment with the $150K minimum. My military organization in Hawaii purchased 150 pairs of boots from China for over ten thousand dollars which is illegal. Previously, a complaint was made from American servicemen about boots made-in-China. Here is the link:
    http://www.dodig.mil/audit/reports/fy99/99-023.pdf
    Please contact me at [email protected]

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