The Green Bay Packers and Arise Health Plan paid special tribute to Airman Alex Monfort and his family during Sunday's Packers-Cowboys game for 'Operation Fan Mail.'
Monfort, originally from Green Bay, has served in the Air Force since 2004, after graduating from Green Bay West High School. As security forces combat arms instructor, Monfort provides marksmanship skills to Air Force personnel for pistols, rifles and machine guns for duty or deployment, and manages the shooting range scheduling program for 4,000 base personnel.
After being stationed in Wyoming and Delaware, Monfort deployed to Aviano, Italy, in 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his 11 years in the military, he has been awarded two Air Force Commendation Medals and one Air Force Achievement Medal, as well as the Commandant Leadership Award at Airman Leadership School.
Monfort and his wife, Stephanie, have been married seven years and they have two sons, Lincoln and Hudson. Their visit to Green Bay is their first time back in the U.S. since they moved to Italy. Monfort attended Sunday's game with his wife, his sister, Lisa, and his brother-in-law, Corey.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and Arise Health Plan will host a family at each 2015 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. A total of 84 individuals or families have been recognized through the program thus far.
To choose families, the Packers and Arise Health Plan 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 packers.com/gameday/gamedaypromotions/operationfan_mail.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families receive four tickets to the game and a care package from Arise Health Plan. Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.