During Saturday’s Army-Navy football game, the Army will be wearing uniforms honoring the 10th Mountain Division.
The 10th Mountain Division is known for fighting in the harshest of terrains across the world.
“Once again, our friends at Nike and the USMA Department of History allowed us to tell a story of a division of the Army through a uniform,” Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said in a statement. “There are so many stories of our Army. Our ability to tell them through our uniforms and the Army-Navy game has become our duty.”
Bill Bowerman, one of Nike’s co-founders, served time in the 10th Mountain Division.
Since 2004, the football teams have worn special uniforms honoring parts of their service.
This year, the Navy football team will be wearing Navy Blue Angels uniforms.
Last year, the Army broke the Navy’s 14-game winning streak wearing uniforms honoring the 82nd Airborne Division.
“Our team is honored to represent the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division this Saturday in Philadelphia,” Head Coach Jeff Monken said in a statement. “As a team, we take pride in remembering and honoring those that have come before us. To be aligned with such a great division of the United States Army that has fought on some of the harshest terrain in the world, makes this opportunity special and there is no better way to show our appreciation than to wear their patches for the greatest rivalry in all of sports.”
To find out more about the thought processes behind the colors, patches and other parts of the uniform, check out Climb to Glory.