An Army Colonel from Midlothian was honored by his favorite NFL team Sunday for his service to our country.
U.S. Army Ordinance Corps Colonel Patrick Kelly was recognized on the field during Sunday's Packers-Vikings game. He and his wife, Kathy, son, Patrick, and daughter, Sarah, are all avid Green bay Packers fans. Kelly will retire from the Army after 32 years of service next summer.
Kelly was honored by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance as part of Operation Fan Mail. The program recognizes families with a member who is on active duty at Packers home games during pregame activities. A total of 53 families have been recognized with the program.
Kelly joined the Army as a Materiel Maintenance Specialist in 1976. He has held many roles within the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and, as of 2010, is the Chief of the explosive ordnance disposal directorate. He has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times as a Battalion and Brigade Commander and has earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and several other honors.
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