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(Left) Ted Philips, CEO and President of the Chicago Bears, along with Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Installation Management Commander, take part in a forum discussing prevention and further awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) amongst U.S. Service-members and NFL players.
The NFL and the U.S. Army recently partnered up this season in addressing issues in hopes of future prevention of TBI. This past November 11, the Chicago Bears held their annual Veterans Day game at Soldier Field to highlight Armed Forces members for their service. Prior to the game, Ferriter met with Philips and additional panel members in an hour-long forum relating experiences and similarities between Soldiers and NFL players.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor, 85th Support Command Public Affairs Office

    Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter discusses TBI during a forum in Chicago

    121111-A-KL464-035 (Left) Ted Philips, CEO and President of the Chicago Bears, along with Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Installation Management Commander, take part in a forum discussing prevention and further awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)...

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Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, Command Group NCOIC for the 85th Support Command, carrying the U.S. Flag leads the NFL's Chicago Bears into Sunday night's game vs the Houston Texans at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, Nov. 11
The 85th Support Command supported Army Public Affairs- mid-west office in the annual Chicago Bears Veterans Day game highlighting the many service-members of the Chicago-land community. 
During this year's game, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Commanding General, Installation Management Command, visited Chicago to take part in a panel with Ted Phillips, Chicago Bears CEO/President; Otis Wilson, former Bears linebacker; Gary Fencik, former Bears Safety; and Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy. D., Board Certified neuropsychologist in continuing the US Army's partnership with the NFL to help fight against Traumatic Brain Injury.

    U.S Army Reserve Soldier leads Chicago Bears onto the field

    121111-A-KL464-076 Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, Command Group NCOIC for the 85th Support Command, carrying the U.S. Flag leads the NFL's Chicago Bears into Sunday night's game vs the Houston Texans at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, Nov. 11 The 85th...

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Spc. Kiefer Johnson, 85th Support Command Human Resources Specialist, holds a portion of a star-shaped banner, symbolizing a star from the American Flag, next to the Nation's flag which was unfurled by 100 service-members during the NFL Chicago Bears annual Veterans Day game at Soldier Field, Nov. 11. 
The 85th Support Command supported Army Public Affairs- mid-west office in the annual Chicago Bears Veterans Day game highlighting the many service-members of the Chicago-land community.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor, 85th Support Command Public Affairs Office

    100 service-member flag unfurling at Soldier Field

    121111-A-KL464-111 Spc. Kiefer Johnson, 85th Support Command Human Resources Specialist, holds a portion of a star-shaped banner, symbolizing a star from the American Flag, next to the Nation's flag which was unfurled by 100 service-members during the...

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One-hundred service-members representing each of the five Armed Forces branches display a flag unfurling during the National Anthem at the Chicago Bears Veterans Day game at Soldier Field, Nov 11.
The National Anthem was performed by the West Point Glee Club. Presentation of the colors was performed by the Chicago Recruiting Battalion. Additionally, Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, 85th Support Command, charged across the field carrying the U.S. Flag, as they introduced the Chicago Bears team onto the field.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor, 85th Support Command Public Affairs Office

    100 Service-member flag unfurling at Soldier Field

    121111-A-KL464-114 One-hundred service-members representing each of the five Armed Forces branches display a flag unfurling during the National Anthem at the Chicago Bears Veterans Day game at Soldier Field, Nov 11. The National Anthem was performed by...

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(Left) Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Soto, and Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, members from the 85th Support Command meet with Retired Maj. Gen. John E. Scully, current Civilian Aide to the Sec. of the Army for the State of Illinois, during the Chicago Bears Veterans Day game at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, Nov 11.
The 85th Support Command was one of several Army units to support in recognizing and honoring the Nation's Veterans amongst the Chicago-land community. 
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor, 85th Support Command Public Affairs Office

    USAR Soldiers meet with State of Ill. Civilian Aide for Sec. of the Army

    121111-A-KL464-129 (Left) Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Soto, and Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, members from the 85th Support Command meet with Retired Maj. Gen. John E. Scully, current Civilian Aide to the Sec. of the Army for the State of Illinois, during the...

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Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Installation Management Commander (IMCOM), shakes hands with exuberant fans after the half-time show during the Chicago Bears Veterans Day game at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, Nov 11.
Ferriter was in Chicago to attend a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) forum with Chicago Bears CEO and President Ted Phillips, and additional panel members. Following the recent partnership with the U.S. Army and NFL, Ferriter and Phillips came together for the panel discussion to address pertinent issues relating to TBI, and to take a look at the experiences and similarities between Soldiers and NFL players.

Additionally, Ferriter accompanied with Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, Command Sergeant Major of IMCOM, conducted an award ceremony awarding the Purple Heart to Staff Sergeant Daniel Douglas, Illinois Army National Guard, and a Bronze Star with Valor to Staff Sergeant Matthew Bracken, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, on center field. Afterwards, they conducted a re-enlistment ceremony in front of an audience of 62,410 roaring spectators.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor

    Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter meets with fans

    121111-A-KL464-173 Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Installation Management Commander (IMCOM), shakes hands with exuberant fans after the half-time show during the Chicago Bears Veterans Day game at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, Nov 11. Ferriter was in...

CHICAGO, Ill - Chicago remembered its Nation's Veterans this past Sunday, November 11, as the National Football League's (NFL) Chicago Bears hosted its annual Veterans Day game at Soldier Field, this year playing the Houston Texans.

The military participation, coordinated by the Army Public Affairs Mid-West office, included members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and Pentagon representatives.

The NFL and U.S. Army have partnered this season in addressing and preventing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues and furthering awareness.

In support of this effort, prior to the game, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Commanding General, Installation Management (IMCOM), took part in a Traumatic Brain Injury forum with Ted Phillips, CEO and President of the Chicago Bears, as part of a panel discussion.

During the forum moderated by Frank Luntz, service-members participated in pertinent discussions on TBI-related experiences and similarities between Soldiers and NFL players.

Also included in the TBI panel were: Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Board Certified Neuropsychologist; Otis Wilson, Linebacker with the Bears from 1980-1987; Gary Fencik, Safety with the Bears from 1976-1987 and Col. Andrea Crunkhorn, Army Medical Specialist Corps.

Following the forum, Ferriter met with service-members as they prepared to step onto the field for the 100 service-member flag unfurling; presentation of the Nation's Colors by the Chicago Recruiting Battalion; and the National Anthem, performed by the West Point Glee Club.

Leading the Chicago Bears onto the field was Master Sgt. Gilbert Garrett, 85th Support Command, charging across the field as they introduced the Bears team. Currently, the Chicago Bears are the only known NFL team led onto the field by a U.S. Soldier with the American Flag during this game.

"In looking back at all my military experiences, I would have to say that this really ranked up there," said Garrett. "It was a real honor to receive this experience."

During his visit, Garrett met with Ferriter; Retired Maj. Gen. John E. Scully, (currently the Civilian Aide to the Sec. of the Army for the State of Illinois); John May, Chairman and Alison Ruble, President and COO of the USO of Ill. and other distinguished visitors.

During the half time show, Ferriter accompanied with Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, Command Sergeant Major of IMCOM, conducted an award ceremony awarding the Purple Heart to Staff Sergeant Daniel Douglas, Illinois Army National Guard and a Bronze Star with Valor to Staff Sergeant Matthew Bracken, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, on center field. Afterwards, they conducted a re-enlistment ceremony in front of an audience of 62,410 roaring spectators at Soldier Field.

As Ferriter and service-members left the field, exuberant fans reached down in attempts to shake hands with service-members and just gain an opportunity to say 'Thank you.'

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