The Army West Point football program will wear alternate uniforms during its annual rivalry game with Navy that honor the members of the Special Forces who deployed to Afghanistan in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The “United We Stand” uniforms are tan and feature a desert camouflage pattern on the helmet, shoulder yoke and down the sides of the pants. There is a Task Force Dagger patch on the left sleeve and an American flag with the numbers of various Operational Detachment Alpha Units above it on the right sleeve.
The front of the uniform includes Army’s primary logo on a patch at the base of the collar, as well as collar devices worn by members of the Special Forces (U.S. and crossed arrows). There’s also nameplates above the brown numbers which read “Army” and “De Oppresso Liber,” which is Latin for “from (being) an oppressed man, (to being) a free one.”
The Nike logo is sewn into a raised patch on the left shoulder, as well, while the phrase “United We Stand” is on the back nameplate.
The uniform is complete with many smaller details, including the Special Forces crest and date of the terrorist attacks on the front of the helmet and crossed arrows, an American flag and insignias from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers), Special Activities Division of the Central Intelligence Agency or Air Force Special Operations Command unit on the back of the helmet.
There’s also a pentagon-shaped logo with a keystone and the twin towers of the World Trade Center on the cleats.
After playing last year’s game on campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Knights will take on the Midshipmen at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Dec. 11. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on CBS.
Photos courtesy of @ArmyWP_Football on Twitter.