Packers To Honor Soldier Before Playoff Game

Thanks to Operation Fan Mail, a soldier injured in Afghanistan will be honored before the Packers NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday.

It’s the second time U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Haley will see the Green Bay Packers play in person, but Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field will bring a whole new level of excitement.

Haley, 22, of San Antonio, will be honored before Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Packers and New York Giants, as part of Operation Fan Mail. The partnership between the Packers and WPS Health Insurance recognizes military families at each Packers home game.

“It’s hard to say,” Haley said of how he feels about his trip to Green Bay. “It’s sort of surreal. It’s not something you’d ever think would happen.”

Haley was injured Sept. 28 in Afghanistan when a bomb went off while he was helping a fellow soldier. The explosion resulted in the loss of Haley’s right leg and damaged his left leg and arm. He also received numerous shrapnel wounds. He since has been treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Kudos to the Packers.  An already high level of energy among the fans is sure to increase tenfold as a result of honoring this true American hero.

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Tech. Sergeants Abner Berrios & Alan HunterTech. Sergeants Abner Berrios & Alan Hunter


Tech. Sergeants Abner Berrios (left) and Alan Hunter display their letter perfect “black-letter initial” aircraft checklists at Pope Field, N.C. In an effort to set a positive example for the unit’s newer crew chiefs and members, the two used their professional rivalry to try to out-work and out-inspect each other. The end result was the rarity of both crew chiefs obtaining discrepancy free checklists. Both sergeants are crew chiefs with the 440th Airlift Wing.

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Sgt. Jorge A. DiazSgt. Jorge A. Diaz
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Sgt. Jorge A. Diaz, a squad leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, receives a Bronze Star Medal with Combat V from Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force, during Glueck’s visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii with Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Fierle, III MEF sergeant major, April 28, 2011. Diaz received the award for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Sept. 17, 2010.

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Cpl. Jason A. Karella
20 years old from Anchorage, Alaska
2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
October 9, 2008
U.S. Marines

Cpl. Jason A. Karella died supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over. He had given up his, as his Father described “best seat in the armored Humvee” to the turret gunner who wasn’t feeling well that day.

“My son was proud of what he stood for,” said his father, Kevin. “He had a fiancee named Beth and he said to me, ‘Dad, I don’t have to worry about Beth getting blown up in a market over there because we’re keeping them busy here.'”

Karella grew up in a strong military family, with his father a former chief warrant officer in the Army, and his brother Josh also having served in Iraq.

Marines recognized Karella for his incredible strength, which he used to carry large amounts of ammunition with him in the battlefield. They referred to him as “the walking ammo supply point” and “the walking arsenal.” Well-respected among his peers, he was awaiting a promotion to Sergeant at the time of his death.

This page has a nice background piece on Cpl. Karell.

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