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美国大兵为爱国拒穿中国靴参战 称心里难受 [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-6-28 14:54:43 |Display all floors

资料图:中国制造的美军军靴

美国《空军时报》网站6月25日报道称,美军军士长史蒂夫-阿达奇称,不愿意穿着部队发给他的中国制造的靴子去为自己的国家战斗。
  
美媒称,阿达奇说:“有多少美国工人是因为军装在国外生产而失业?”阿达奇是一名预备役军人,被派往阿富汗做顾问,在他出发前,部队发给他一双绿靴子,这是空军的标准装备。令他吃惊的是,这靴子是中国制造的,他去基地的补给品仓库询问为什么发给他中国造的靴子,但是管理员告诉他,中国造的靴子比美国造的便宜。但是阿达奇不依不饶,他辩称自己觉得穿着中国制造的靴子参战心里难受。最后他成功的换到了美国制造的靴子。但事情还没结束,阿达奇抵达阿富汗后领到的棕黄色靴子依然是中国制造的。他发了一连串邮件询问如何更换美国制造的靴子,回答是:“祝你好运。”
  
美媒称,美国国防后勤局称,阿达奇的靴子并非来自国防后勤局,实际上,阿达奇的靴子是所属部队向承包商购买的,该承包商称,这种中国制造的靴子比美国的靴子轻且便宜,使军人能携带更多装备节约体力。
  
美媒称,阿达奇宣称,一旦他换到了美国制造的靴子,将会把它当做一次胜利,因为这关乎爱不爱国。

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Post time 2012-6-28 15:00:13 |Display all floors
U.S. Airman Says No to Chinese-Made Boots

Master Sgt. Steve Adachi is willing to fight for his country, but not in the Chinese-made boots his U.S. Air Force 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 recent letter to Air Force Times, a sister publication of Defense News. “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 a pair of green boots — standard wear for his airman battle uniform. Much to his dismay, they were made in China. He tried to exchange them at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam clothing store, but he was in store for another surprise.

“I was told that the boots were not compliant with the Berry Amendment, and I could not exchange them,” Adachi said.

The Berry Amendment requires the food, clothing, fabrics and other textiles the Pentagon buys to be grown or made in the U.S.
Adachi turned red, white and blue.

“I went back to the reserves supply warehouse and asked the supply manager why I was issued Chinese-made boots,” he said. “He told me that they were less expensive as opposed to the U.S.-made ones. I urged him to reissue me U.S. boots, citing that I did not feel comfortable ‘going to war’ wearing boots made in China.”

Adachi refused to let the matter drop, and he succeeded in getting a smaller pair of U.S.-made boots, which he was able to exchange for American boots in his size.

But that wasn’t the end of it. After he got to Afghanistan, he was issued his new uniform — Army Operation Enduring Freedom camouflage, known as OCP — and asked for a pair of the required tan boots. He was told he had to go through his unit, which sent him another pair of boots made in — wait for it — China.

After a flurry of emails, he asked his unit’s supply manager via email how he could exchange the boots for ones made in America. The response: “Good luck.”

So how did we get to this point?

First, Adachi’s boots didn’t come from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, which supplies troops with just about everything, said agency spokeswoman Mimi Schirmacher.

“Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support has an ample supply of the standard Air Force green boots, as well as tan boots worn with the Army Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform,” Schirmacher said in an email. “DLA Troop Support purchases products that we provide to the services in accordance with the Berry Amendment, and does not purchase combat boots or other uniform items made outside the United States.”

What happened was Adachi’s unit purchased two pairs of the boots from U.S. Patriot LLC in South Carolina.

Company President Paul Yoo doesn’t know exactly why Adachi’s unit wanted those boots, but they do have some advantages over American-made boots.

The boots are lighter and less expensive than those made in the U.S., Yoo said.

Because they are lighter, they can take between 2 and 3 pounds off troops’ feet, he said. That allows them to carry more gear and reduces wear and tear on their bodies.

Yoo offered to exchange Adachi’s boots free for American-made ones.

“Our organization is staffed, managed and owned primarily by veterans,” he said. “I am a five-year veteran of the United States Army. My second in command in my retail stores, he was a command sergeant major in the Ranger battalions. The husband and wife owners of the company are ex-Army officers. This is the way that we operate.”

Adachi is taking Yoo up on his offer.

“Once I receive these boots, [at a minimum] I believe this to be a victory,” Adachi said in an email.

As for the Berry Amendment, the person who refused to exchange Adachi’s boots for American-made boots may not have been on firm legal footing after all.

Since this was a relatively small order, the Berry Amendment did not apply because the law can be waived for purchases under $150,000, Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy said.

The law also has an exception for contingency operations, said Jim Schweiter, an attorney based in Washington who specializes in government contracts.

“If the item is to be purchased for use in support of contingency operations, or the purchase occurs outside the U.S. in support of combat operations, the Berry Amendment doesn’t apply, and the item doesn’t have to be produced in the U.S.,” Schweiter said in an email.

So the boots may comply with the law, but Adachi refuses to wear them. Until he gets his new boots from Yoo, he’s sticking with his Air Force ABUs so he can wear his green boots that were made in America.

“I am a career airman with 31 years of continuous service to country,” Adachi said. “My concerns are not borne out of retribution — I am not in some kind of administrative trouble, this is not about sour grapes. This is about the countless Americans who are struggling to feed their families; Americans whose livelihoods have been taken away in this so-called global economy.

“This is about patriotism,” he said. “This is about following the [Berry Amendment] set forth over 60 years ago. This is about American soldiers wearing our country’s uniform made by Americans.”

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Post time 2012-6-30 06:37:53 |Display all floors
Ha solder, you waste your country's military expenditure after you wear such a expensive uniform...

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