Army Lt. Col. Michael K. Rosner, M.D., and his family will be recognized by the Packers and Festival Foods at Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Lions for 'Operation Fan Mail.'
Rosner, who is from Marinette, Wis., and attended Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, currently is the chief of neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He also is the program director for the National Capital Consortium Neurological Surgery residency program and director of the military's Blast Spinal Column Injury Program.
He was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the 207th Neurosurgery Team attached to the 86th Combat Support Hospital.
In 2007, Rosner was the first surgeon in the United States to use the Prestige cervical disc, the first cervical artificial disc approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S. Used to treat patients suffering from intolerable arm and neck pain due to degenerative disc disease (DDD), the procedure involves replacing the diseased neck disc with the artificial stainless steel surgical implant.
Rosner will be joined at the game by his wife, Maj. Inger Rosner, M.D., and two sons, Jacob and Nate.
'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.