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Mountain Home Air Force base gets tactical gear for women

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Natalie Rubenak
U.S. Air Force SrA Anna Hale, 366th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, stands in front of the main gate Feb. 24, 2019, on Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Hale is one of seven women in Security Forces who were issued the new female cut plate carrier.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Mountain Home Air Force Base is changing some of its equipment to make sure women in the security forces have properly tailored protection.

Sgt. Steven Pyott, with the 366th Security Forces Squadron, says the base is one of the first to have purchased and tested a large supply of the tactical vests shaped to fit women, Boise television station KBOI reported. The vests carry steel ballistic plates and can hold the tools that security force members use as they guard the base.

Senior Airman Anna Hale said she likes the new vests, which distribute weight more evenly and provide a better anatomical fit.

"I really like it," Hale said. "It's more easy to move around in. When I'm firing it helps with my aim and everything because I don't have things in the way."

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