Last week we got our first look at the Blue Angels-inspired uniforms that the Navy Midshipmen will wear at the 118th annual Army-Navy Game and we were blown away. Honestly, we didn’t think anything the Army Black Knights came up with could compare to
Navy’s collaboration with Under Armour. We were wrong.
The United States Military Academy has teamed with Nike on state-of-the-art uniforms that pay homage to the 10th Mountain Division — a US Army infantry division with an interesting Nike connection.
Formed in 1943 as the 10th Light Alpine Division, the 10th Mountain Division soldiers trained at 9,200 feet in an effort to learn to not just survive, but also fight in the most brutal mountain conditions. And as a Major in the Army, Bill Bowerman, who would go on to co-found Nike, was tasked with organizing the supplies and maintaining the mules for the 10th Mountain Division.
Now Nike and Army are honoring the 10th Mountain Division with a uniform featuring embellishments such as a “Follow Me Stripe” on the helmets just like the stripes worn by the 10th so they can be seen in blustery conditions; a “Pando Commandos” panda patch on the tongue of the cleats representing the patch worn by the 10th; and a the division’s coat of arms, featuring the motto Vires Montesque Vincimus (“We Conquer Powers and Mountains”) placed on the uniform’s right shoulder honoring those who served.
Last year Army ended Navy’s 14-year winning streak — the longest in the game’s history — and with the season they’ve had, Army is proving that the victory was no fluke. See if they can best Navy once again at the 2017 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on December 9 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, airing at 3 PM on CBS.