The Williams brothers, John, an Army lieutenant colonel, and Michael, an Army Military Police Officer staff sergeant, and their family were recognized by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance at today's game vs. the San Francisco 49ers for 'Operation Fan Mail.'
John, a 19-year Army veteran, has seen tours of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm and, more recently, in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge for combat actions while personally engaging the enemy in the "Sunni Triangle" of Iraq as Operations Officer (S3) for 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. John currently serves as a Division Chief for National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon.
Michael, a 16-year Military Police Officer Army veteran, saw multiple deployments to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Desert Storm, and more recently served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for combat actions while personally engaging the enemy in and around Fallujah, Ramadi and Bagdad as a combat military policeman with the 300th MP Co. out of Ft. Riley, Kan. Michael currently is a Senior Instructor at the United States Army Military Police Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
John and Michael, raised in Baileys Harbor, Wis., are the fourth generation of the family to serve in the military with action including WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq. The two were joined at the game by their brother, Patrick, and mother, Wendy Hopfensperger.
Now in its third season at Lambeau Field, Operation Fan Mail this year is a partnership between the Packers and WPS Health Insurance. Designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2009 home game and introduce them on the field during pregame activities.
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 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 via Packers.com by clicking here.
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.