U.S. Army Major Jeno M. Berta Saluted Sunday For Operation Fan Mail
U.S. Army Major Jeno M. Berta was recognized by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance at Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.’
Berta, a dedicated Packers fan, joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999 and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in 1999. He currently is a member of the 154th Legal Support Organization, Trial Defense Service. He has served two tours of active duty as a mobilized Army Reservist, first at Fort Dix, N.J. from 2003 through 2006. His second tour of active duty was with the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his overseas service.
Jeno is married to Dr. Dawn Berta and they have two daughters: Cassie, 12, and Carly, 4. Also joining him this evening was his father, Jeno L. Berta, who was an 18-year-old Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. After escaping the communists, he immigrated to the United States, became a citizen and now resides in Davenport, Iowa.
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 2010 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. More than 30 families have been recognized during the past three-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.