American Woolen Company will help dress the troops. The wool mill will be weaving a number of fabrics for the U.S. Army’s recently announced “Army Greens” uniforms that were once worn by U.S. soldiers in World War II.
The Stafford Springs, Conn.-based company will produce a portion of the fabric orders for the new uniforms, which include shirts, jackets and trousers, the company said. It expects to start taking orders over the summer and to produce the fabric from the fall.
“On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, American Woolen Company is pleased to announce that our mill has been chosen to weave several fabrics for the U.S. Army’s new ‘Army Greens’ uniform, a return to the type of polished attire soldiers wore during World War II,” the company said in a statement Thursday, referring to the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944.
The U.S. Army had announced the move on Veterans Day last year to use the “Army Greens” uniform as the “everyday business wear uniform” for its soldiers, according to its statement at the time.
The Army said then that some soldiers might start wearing uniforms from the summer of 2020 and that all soldiers would have to start wearing them by 2028. The Army has also said that the uniforms would be made in the U.S.
American Woolen Co. noted that over the past decade, the Army has mostly worn camouflage fatigues.
“The United States has been at war since 9/11, so troops have worn camouflage fatigues even during non-active duty, including travel,” the company said in its statement. “Soldiers will now be allowed to wear their dress greens as they move between bases, at home and abroad.”
In May, the mill, which manufactures woolen and worsted fabrics, said it now spins and weaves alpaca at its vertical mill in Connecticut. In December, it announced its addition of an in-house dye lab at its Stafford Springs headquarters.