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Senior Airman Tyler Collins, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, looks through his new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Defenders who travel out to the missile field received new gear and uniforms as part of the 20th Air Force Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Senior Airman Tyler Collins, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, looks through his new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Defenders who travel out to the missile field received new gear and uniforms as part of the 20th Air Force Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Staff Sgt. Morran, 90th Security Support Squadron assistant NCO-in-charge of mobility, helps Airman Ryan Jones, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, check items off the list of new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern gear Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Airmen received new equipment and uniforms as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Staff Sgt. Morran, 90th Security Support Squadron assistant NCO-in-charge of mobility, helps Airman Ryan Jones, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, check items off the list of new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern gear Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Airmen received new equipment and uniforms as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Airman Chelsea Kidman, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, inspects her new uniforms as Staff Sgt. Richard Roesch, 90th Security Support Squadron assistant NCO-in-charge of supply, checks the gear off a list Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The new uniform’s design helps defenders blend in to the operating environment of F.E. Warren and the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Airman Chelsea Kidman, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, inspects her new uniforms as Staff Sgt. Richard Roesch, 90th Security Support Squadron assistant NCO-in-charge of supply, checks the gear off a list Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The new uniform’s design helps defenders blend in to the operating environment of F.E. Warren and the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

New Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms line shelves in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The first set of Security Forces Airmen received the new uniforms Feb. 2, 2015, and will begin wearing the uniforms while traveling to the missile field Feb. 9, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

New Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms line shelves in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The first set of Security Forces Airmen received the new uniforms Feb. 2, 2015, and will begin wearing the uniforms while traveling to the missile field Feb. 9, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Airman Chelsea Kidman, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, checks the last item of her gear off the list as she receives new name tags and rank insignias Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The new tags attach to the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms missile field defenders were issued. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Airman Chelsea Kidman, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, checks the last item of her gear off the list as she receives new name tags and rank insignias Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The new tags attach to the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms missile field defenders were issued. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Senior Airman Demetris Ross, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, models the new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniform Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Defenders across the 20th Air Force who travel out and protect the missile fields will receive the new uniforms as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

Senior Airman Demetris Ross, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team, models the new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniform Feb. 2, 2015, in the Peacekeeper High Bay on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Defenders across the 20th Air Force who travel out and protect the missile fields will receive the new uniforms as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Model Defender Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Security forces Airmen across 20th Air Force began receiving the new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniform Feb. 2, 2015.

The OCP includes cold-weather gear, which provides seven levels of protection against the extreme conditions encountered at northern-tier bases, as well as new duty gear and personal protective equipment that has been redesigned with the missile field mission in mind.

The defenders at Minot AFB, North Dakota, Malmstrom AFB, Montana, F.E. Warren AFB and Camp Guernsey, Wyoming, are no strangers to the harsh weather those bases can bring as well as challenges typical with missile field terrain.

"They're a camouflage uniform that blends with our operating environment to provide better concealment, functionality and survivability advantages," said Lt. Col. Michelle Stringer, 20th AF director of security.

The OCP uniform is part of the Model Defender Program which provides new optics for weapons and 40 other pieces of equipment, Stinger said.

These items include ballistic glasses, new pouches, knee and elbow pads, multi-tools, plate carriers and extreme weather clothing.

"Our Airmen are vital to our national mission, and the initiative makes them the best equipped defenders in the world," she said.

When receiving the new uniforms for the first time, many Airmen expressed their excitement to get the improved uniforms.

"I think the new uniforms are really cool," said Airman Dean Fedrizzi, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron Security Support Team. "I wasn't excited at first, but now that I see them, I'm really psyched to get them."

The first group of defenders will begin wearing the uniform Feb. 9, 2015. Distribution of the gear is expected to be complete by the end of March.

The Model Defender Program is one piece of the Force Improvement Program where leadership made wholesale changes to better empower the Airmen to ensure they had the resources needed to be effective in their jobs. The command collected more than 300 FIP recommendations from the Airmen in the field and the roll-out of the OCP uniform is one of the ideas being implemented.