Late next month, Jordan Brand is set to release a two sneaker tribute to James Ronald “Ronnie” Jordan. Ronnie Jordan, Michael Jordan’s older brother, served 31 years in the Armed Forces, 1 more year than the required serving time as he chose to accompany his brigade through a 1 year tour of duty through Iraq. At the time of his retirement, Ronnie held the rank of Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade, the Army’s only airborne signal brigade. His rank is the top job for an enlisted signal soldier.
To commemorate Ronnie Jordan’s time of service, Jordan Brand created the Armed Forces Pack. As part of this pack, Jordan Brand is set to release two pairs of Air Jordan Retro 1s. The first “Armed Forces” Air Jordan Retro 1 features a Dark Brown Nubuck/Light Brown Pebbled Leather upper with a frayed Army Green Canvas swoosh. The color choice was selected to mirror the colors on a soldiers uniform. To commemorate, Ronnie’s rank, Jordan Brand placed an embroidered rank emblem at the outer heel of the sneaker. The rank emblem closely resembles the rank emblem Ronnie held but was slightly altered to respect the Armed Service and the soldiers that obtain the rank.
The “Armed Forces” Air Jordan Retro 1 is scheduled to release in late May in the States and has already released overseas.
For more on the “Armed Forces” Air Jordan Retro 1, [watch the KATC StockRoom for April 2008]
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