The Army football team is donning some sick custom uniforms for today’s Army-Navy matchup. They’re all white and feature tributes to the 10th Mountain Division, including a very-apropos-for-December skiing panda on their cleats.
But, it’s also snowing in Philadelphia, making the Black Knights nearly invisible.
Believe it or not, Navy did, in fact, kick that ball to someone.
Twitter is loving it already.
Army is dressed for the snow level in GoldenEye— Future ULL Head Coach (@PaulMyerberg) December 9, 2017
Army's all-white uniforms really do blend in with the snow on the field. You know, like ... camouflage.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) December 9, 2017
Smart of Army to go with the snow camouflage uniforms for the game. #GoNavyBeatArmy— Joshua Holley (@afonok) December 9, 2017
Camouflage uniforms: only appropriate for an Army-Navy game.
Army’s all-white uniforms commemorate World War II mountain troopers.
According to Army’s official release, the 10th Mountain Division, which was originally called the 10th Light Alpine Division, trained in some harsh weather:
These soldiers trained at 9,200 feet to learn to fight, and survive, in the most brutal mountain conditions. Bill Bowerman, who would eventually go on to co-found Nike, organized the supplies and maintained the mules for the 10th Mountain Division as a Major in the Army, serving at the time as the commander of the 86th Regiment’s First Battalion.
On the cleats, there is a panda patch, which is a tribute to the 10th Mountain Division’s roots in Pando, Colo. The patch helped identify the soldiers, who were nicknamed the Pando Commandos:
There is also a patch that has the division’s coat of arms, along with the words “Vires Montesque Vincimus,” which translates to “We Conquer Powers and Mountains.”
The patch is on the uniform’s right shoulder to honor those who served. On the back of the helmet, the unit’s Follow Me stripe is found:
10th Mountain Division soldiers operated in blustery winter conditions. To stay in formation a dark stripe was placed on the back of their uniforms known as the “Follow Me” stripe. A similar stripe will adorn Army helmets when they take the field on Dec. 9