DALLAS -- As the Air Force transitions to the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, officials are issuing a reminder that on-installation Military Clothing stores are the only source for government-certified, authentic uniforms.

"AAFES is the authorized source for offering uniforms to our service members," said Col. Stephen Thomas, project manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment at PEO Soldier. "The uniforms are produced by government approved vendors, meet uniform quality standards, and comply with regulatory specifications."

At the request of the services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service began operating Military Clothing stores in 1975 for the Air Force and in 1980 for the Army. Today, the Exchange provides uniforms at cost through nearly 170 Military Clothing stores worldwide.

All uniforms sold by the Exchange have the government-certified contract number on the inside label and comply with the Berry Amendment. Without that label, there is no guarantee that the uniform has been produced to military specifications.

Soldiers and Airmen can find their nearest Military Clothing store through the Exchange's store locator link at shopmyexchange.com (see full link below).