The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to 1st Lieutenant Infantry Officer Kent Gavin during Monday’s Packers-Vikings Veteran’s game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.’
Gavin, from Long Beach, Miss., serves the U.S. Army as an Infantry Platoon Leader. He recently returned home from a 10-month tour to Afghanistan, where he served with the 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division. While deployed, was responsible for rebuilding cities and responsible for the tactical-employment, training, administration, personnel management and logistics of his platoon.
He has received his Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Oversea Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, and National Defense Ribbon.
Gavin was accompanied by his Fiancée, Allison Wood, and her parents, Scott and Sandy.
“Operation Fan Mail is one of the best programs the Green Bay Packers organization has ever done,” said Gavin’s fiancée Allison Wood in nominating him. “It brings a sense of unity between everyone that fills the stadium.”
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2011 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. More than 38 families have been recognized during the past four-plus seasons.
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.
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.