Navy Capt. Michael Petzold, a Seymour, Wis., resident, and his family were recognized by the Packers and Festival Foods at Sunday's game vs. the Dallas Cowboys for 'Operation Fan Mail.'
Capt. Petzold received his commission in the Navy through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at Marquette University in May 1983. His active duty assignments include his first sea-duty onboard USS CAMDEN (AOE 2), where he served as damage control assistant. From November 2001 until June 2002, he was mobilized to CINCPACFLT, where he worked in future operations and for PACOM as J3 information manager. From May 2005 to July 2006, Petzold served as officer-in-charge of the COMUSNAVCENT N11 Internal Augmentation Cell in the USCENTCOM Theater and is currently serving in Millington, Tenn., in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
A Plymouth, Wis., native, Petzold is married to Jennifer and the couple has seven children, Pamela, Nicole, Alexander, Eric, John (Jack), Oskar and Barbara. Prior to his current mobilization, Petzold was employed with MCL Industries, Inc., in Pulaski, Wis., as director of supply chain management.
He was joined at the game by Jennifer, Jack and Oskar.
'Operation Fan Mail' returns this season with the Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods recognizing military families at each 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.