Tech Unveils "Lone Survivor" Uniform

In conjunction with the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Under Armour, Texas Tech University will present the "Lone Survivor Game" on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Red Raiders take on the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium.

In conjunction with the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Under Armour, Texas Tech University will present the "Lone Survivor Game" on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Red Raiders take on the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Based on the harrowing story of former Navy SEAL and fellow Texan, Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Game will bring national recognition to the Lone Survivor Foundation as well as pay tribute to our nation's veterans, and the active duty personnel of the United States Military.

"It's a great honor that Texas Tech is recognizing the sacrifices of my teammates," Luttrell said. "I am grateful and appreciative of the Red Raiders and Under Armour for honoring my brothers on and off the field. God Bless Texas."

Luttrell's story will be portrayed in the upcoming Universal Pictures film "Lone Survivor," due to hit theaters across the country in early January. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and tells the incredible story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative and ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Luttrell and his Lone Survivor Foundation will be the feature of Tech's game against Kansas State and the memory of his fallen comrades will be respectfully honored on a specially designed game uniform provided by Under Armour. Red Raider fans that wish to join in the celebration of this game can purchase Under Armour Lone Survivor gear and replica jerseys at local retailers beginning today. Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game on with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the Lone Survivor Foundation.

"Texas Tech is honored to have Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Foundation, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families on our campus for a celebration of courage," Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics said. "The sacrifices of so many brave men and women, including Marcus, give all us all great reason to pause and reflect on their service in defense of our great nation. This game will be a great opportunity for Red Raider fans to show their admiration and respect for our veterans and active duty military personnel."

In addition to the celebration of the Lone Survivor Foundation, Texas Tech will host more than 400 Purple Heart recipients and their families from all across the nation. The gathering is expected to be the largest of Purple Heart recipients on American soil in history. These brave men and women will be honored for their service to our nation in a special ceremony that will also feature Tim Kingsbury (father of Kliff Kingsbury) and the late Guffrie Smith (father of head basketball coach Tubby Smith). Kingsbury and Smith were both awarded Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam and World War II, respectively.

In addition, Texas Tech will host Gold Star families from the South Plains as well as guests from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M.

The pageantry of the game will feature paratrooper and veteran Dana Bowman, who will skydive into Jones AT&T Stadium during the pregame with a parachute dedicated to Purple Heart recipients and the American flag. The Goin' Band From Raiderland will also present its "Celebrate America" halftime show.

Tickets for the Lone Survivor Game (Nov. 9) are available for purchase online at or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH. Kickoff has been set for 11 a.m. CT on ABC.

About the Uniform: Under Armour, Inc.
Winged design inspired by the LSF logo to represent Operation Red Wings. The wing design is showcased on the helmet and shoulders of the jersey.

Under Armour developed a custom "Never Quit" print for the helmet, shoulders of the jersey and pants. Number 19 prominently displayed on the helmet and jersey patch honors the 19 soldiers who gave their lives during Operation Red Wings.

About the Purple Heart
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of "combat" veterans.

Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level, from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

Wives, mothers, daughters, step-daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans' hospitals.

About the Gold Star
The Gold Star Lapel Button, also referred to as the Gold Star pin, is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the Department of Defense. The pin is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for servicemembers who have lost their lives in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The Gold Star has also appeared on flags, as was popular during WWII, which families would hang in the window to indicate that a loved one had been killed overseas. Gold Star Families, those included in this Registry, are individuals who have received the Gold Star Lapel Button from the Department of Defense for the sacrifice of their loved one.

The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States' fallen Heroes and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our nation's true heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were--not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived.

The information in the Registry is compiled from a number of different public sources including the Department of Defense and the National Archives. Adhering to Department of Defense guidelines for families who receive the `Gold Star Pin,' the Registry only includes the names of heroes who have given their lives on the battlefield.

About Cannon Air Force Base
The nearest US Air Force base to the Texas Tech University campus, Cannon Air Force Base is located 90 miles west in Clovis, N.M. The base is home to the 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW), which activated on Oct. 1, 2007, and is assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

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