Midlothian, VA—A soldier from the Richmond area was honored today by the Green Bay Packers, during the Packers-Vikings game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.'
U.S. Army Ordinance Corps Colonel Patrick Kelly, of Midlothian, will retire from the army next summer, after 32 years of service in the Army.
Joining the Army as a Materiel Maintenance Specialist in 1976, Kelly has held many roles within the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and, as of 2010, is the Chief of the explosive ordnance disposal directorate.
Throughout his career, Kelly has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times as a Battalion and Brigade Commander. His service to the United States has earned him several awards including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and Parachutist Badge.
Kelly was joined on the field by his wife and two children, who are all avid Green Bay Packers fans.
Operation Fan Mail began in 2007, and is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. So far, 53 families have been recognized by the program.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan should be saluted. Essays can be sent to: Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628. Essays also can be submitted to the Packers online at http://nfl.packers.com/gameday/gameday_promotions/operation_fan_mail.
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