Air Force Space Command grounds the flight suit

The Air Force Space Command said Friday that its men and women who aren't assigned to flying operations will not be allowed to wear flight suits or Air Force leather jackets after Oct. 1.

The command said the move is designed to save money and standardize appearances.

The policy affects about 1,800 personnel in space and missile operations. It applies only to Space Command, which has headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and units at 10 other installations: Los Angeles and Vandenberg Air Force bases, Calif.; Buckley and Schriever Air Force bases, Colo.; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; and Thule Air Force Base, Greenland.

Space Command said it expects to save $670,000 a year by not purchasing the flight suits and jackets.

The ban still leaves Space Command personnel with a variety of uniform options, depending on the occasion. They include the traditional "Blues" uniform, dress uniforms and camouflage air battle uniforms.