Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to U.S. Navy Boatswain Mate Nicholas Popowski of Columbus, Wis., during the Packers-Falcons game for Operation Fan Mail.
Nicholas, a lifelong Packers fan, has been serving in the Navy for 12 years as a boatswain mate (BM2), which is the oldest job in the Navy. As a BM2, Nicholas mans the lookouts, responds to man overboard alarms, resupplies the ship with food, refuels, and performs any other necessary tasks, including training new sailors assigned to the ship.
Nicholas has been assigned to the USS McFaul (destroyer), NCHB -1 Navy cargo handling battalion, USS Enterprise (aircraft carrier) and the USS Carl Vinson (aircraft carrier) throughout his career, and has traveled to every continent in the world. When Nicholas was attached to the NCHB-1, he traveled to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze as well as traveling on humanitarian trips to Senegal and Thailand. He also served eight months in Iraq with the battalion.