Kruger, a native of Townsend, Wis., is an explosive ordnance disposal flight commander based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. He recently returned to Minot after several months of deployment at Baghdad International Airport and is home for Thanksgiving. His other deployments include Tallil Airbase in Iraq and Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan. He also has been based at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and Osan Airbase in Korea.
Kruger will be joined on the field for recognition by his mother, Deb, father, Marty and a friend, Steve. Also joining the group at the game are several other members of his family.
'Operation Fan Mail' is a program of the Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods that recognizes military families at each Packers home game. The program, which debuted in 2007, will salute the family on the field during pregame activities.
To choose families, the Packers and Festival Foods are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular family 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 online at www.packers.com.
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 $100 gift certificate to Festival Foods.