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CRW Airmen receive approval to wear ‘CR’ tabs

CRW Airmen receive approval to wear 'CR' tabs

Members of the 621st Contingency Response Wing are now authorized to wear the distinguishing “CR” tabs on their operational camouflage pattern uniforms. After a long-standing effort, Headquarters Air Force approved the use of tabs to be worn by all contingency response Airmen, to include active duty, guard and reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the 621st Contingency Response Wing are now authorized to wear the distinguishing “CR” tabs on their operational camouflage pattern uniforms.

After a long-standing effort, Headquarters Air Force approved the use of tabs to be worn by all contingency response Airmen, to include active duty, guard and reserve.

“This is a victory for us,” said Chief Master Sgt. Tony Jenkins, 621st Contingency Response Wing command chief. “Not only does the tab readily identify contingency response Airmen in the operational environment, it also provides identity to the uniquely-skilled Airmen that are the foundation of our wing.”

The idea of this distinctive tab began in September 2017 when Chief Jenkins’ predecessor, Chief Master Sgt. David Abell, was leading the wing’s enlisted force.

“We’ve felt the need for this for some time,” said Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Whitley, 821st Contingency Response Group superintendent. “When we’re out in the field, our sister services and other agencies have a difficult time differentiating us from other Airmen. This solves that problem. And this will give our Airmen a sense of pride to wear a tab that shows that they have achieved a skill-set that many don’t have.”

CRW Airmen can acquire these patches from their designated squadron representatives.