GREEN BAY, Wisconsin
Nov. 11, 2013
The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to Wisconsin Air National Guard Lt. Col. James Lenzendorf, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., during Sunday’s Packers-Eagles game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.’
Currently, Lenzendorf serves as the director of operations for the Air Command Alert squadron of the 115th Fighter Wing, as part of the Homeland Defense Mission. He works 24-hour shifts in addition to his multiple flying duties to protect the air from any threats.
Throughout his career, Lenzendorf has been deployed multiple times to Iraq and Saudi Arabia, where he has flown combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Lenzendorf will retire in 2016.
Lenzendorf attended the game with his wife, Leah, and his two sons, Jared and Garett.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2013 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. A total of 61 families have been recognized with through the program.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan 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 to the Packers online at
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.
About WPS Health Insurance
Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer, offering affordable individual health insurance, family health insurance, high-deductible health insurance, and short-term health plans, as well as flexible and affordable group plans and cost-effective benefit plan administration for businesses. The WPS Medicare division administers Part A and B benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS TRICARE division serves millions more members of the U.S. military and their families. In 2013, the international Ethisphere® Institute named WPS one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the fourth straight year. WPS is the only health insurance company to earn this distinction four times. For more information about WPS Health Insurance, visit www.wpsic.com.