Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to U.S. Army Ordinance Corps Colonel Patrick Kelly during the Packers-Vikings game for Operation Fan Mail.
Patrick lived in Midlothian, Va., with his wife, Kathy, son, Patrick, and daughter, Sarah, who are all avid Packers fans. In summer 2013, Patrick retired from the Army after 32 years of service.
Joining the Army as a Materiel Maintenance Specialist in 1976, Patrick has held many roles within the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and, as of 2010, was the Chief of the explosive ordnance disposal directorate.
Patrick is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Ordnance Advanced Course and the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Indianhead, Md., the Air Command and Staff College. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College and a master’s degree in human resources management from Troy State University.
During his career, Patrick was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times as a Battalion and Brigade Commander. His service to the United States earned him several awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Accompanying Patrick to the game were his wife and two children.