Army Football Releases Uniforms Honoring 20th-Anniversary of 9/11

by Courtney Blackann
(Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

The men and women of the Armed Services know how to commemorate a tragic event. And the Army Black Knights have done exactly that. The team recently unveiled some new uniforms as a tribute to the lives lost as a result to September 11, 2001.

Three months after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the iconic NCAA football team will wear some new uniforms as they take on the Navy Midshipmen. It’s a fantastic tribute to the lives lost during the attack on the United States and the following 20-year war.

In a post on Twitter, the Army Football shared a touching video describing the impact of September 11 and why they are choosing to wear a uniform in honor of the tragedy.

Beginning with former President George W. Bush’s address to the nation following the event, the Army showcases the sleek, sand stone uniforms which are adorned with the Army Special Forces saying, “De Opresso Liber,” which is latin for “to liberate the oppressed.”

Additionally, each uniform is appropriately numbered with an “11” on the back – throwing a reference to the historical date in history.

Noting that they are “just 10 miles away from Ground Zero,” the Army will take on the Navy December 11 at 2 p.m.

First Female Graduates from Army’s Sniper Program

In other Army news, the U.S. Army’s Sniper Course at Fort Benning, Georgia had its very first female graduate. The woman is a member of the Montana National Guard. She completed the course back in early November, though she remains unknown.

“We’re all incredibly proud of her,” said Capt. Joshua O’Neill, the OSUT company commander. “She epitomizes what it means to be an infantry soldier and there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that she would succeed in the U.S. Army Sniper Course.”

Additionally, the soldier got more praise from her superiors as well.

“We are extremely proud of this soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone for not only Montana, but the entire National Guard and Army,” Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, the adjutant general for Montana, said in a Monday statement. 

Further, the woman’s achievement is no easy feat. The course is for long-range precision shooting – something her superiors noticed she was excellent at when she first enlisted.

“Skills acquired during sniper school include advanced camouflage techniques, concealed movement, target detection, range estimation, terrain utilization, intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), relevant reporting procedures, sniper tactics, advanced marksmanship, and known and unknown distance firing,” according to the Army website, via Fox News.

Hopefully, more women in the Army will emulate this soldier’s achievements in the future.