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Equipment


These uniforms are called battle dress uniforms, or BDU's
, and are worn by Army and National Guard soldiers in training, in the field, and in combat. They show the uniforms' recent evolution and changes in pattern and function.
Source: All objects were loaned by the Nebraska National Guard


 

  • This Woodland pattern BDU (on the left) appeared in 1981. It is a four-color mix and was available in lighter, hot-weather and heavier cold-weather, versions. It was designed for use primarily in wooded regions.
     
  • The center version is called the Desert Camouflage Uniform (or DCU) and the pattern is similar to Woodland, although the color scheme made it more useful in desert environments. This version of the DCU emerged in the early 1990s and replaced a similar pattern that also included small areas of white and black.
     
  • This version to the right is called the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and since 2005 it has been the standard issue for all deployed troops, replacing the Woodland pattern BDU and the DCU. Its pixelated pattern is called universal because it is believed it will blend into desert, urban, and woodland environments. The ACU also features more than two hundred changes from previous BDUs to make it more functional. They include: bottom jacket pockets removed and placed on shoulder sleeves so they can be accessed while wearing body armor; buttons replaced with zippers for comfort when wearing body armor; and patches, tabs, and insignia held in place by velcro so they can easily be removed before laundering or if a soldier is threatened with capture.

 


The High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), better known as a Humvee, is used by the Nebraska National Guard both at home and during overseas deployments. Although this Humvee is painted in Woodland camouflage colors, Nebraska National Guard vehicles in Iraq are painted tan to blend in with the desert environment. This style of Humvee is being phased out in Iraq in favor of one with a v-shaped bottom that helps deflect the blast from roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

 

This Light-Medium Tactical Vehicle, better known as an LMTV, is used by the Nebraska National Guard at home and overseas for cargo and troop transport. It operates in all types of weather and can be used on trails and cross-country terrain.

 




These two weapons, an M16A2 semi-automatic rifle and an M249 squad automatic weapon, are common issue to National Guard soldiers during deployment.


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