February 3, 2011


Local Marine earns trip to big game

Staff Writer

Performing his duty with distinction has brought extra dividends to Marine Staff Sgt. Brett R. Hayes from Marathon.
Hayes and Sergeant Anica Coate, from Plymouth, Mich., were selected to attend Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas as well as the week-long festivities leading up to the game. Their trips came at the invitation of News America Marketing, the nation’s top publisher of coupons, consumer promotions and advertising services. They were chosen for the honors out of more than 130,000 active-duty Marines by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the top enlisted Marine. All of those under consideration were recommended by their commanding officers for their leadership, accomplishments and dedication to their units.
“When I first got back from my deployment at the end of November my First Sergeant told me that I was a candidate,” said Hayes, a native of Johnstown, N.Y. who has been in the Marines for 10 years and seven months and is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. “So I did my bio and some other things, and learned in late December that I had won. I was extremely excited. It’s good to see that there are people out there who would still do things like this for service members. I appreciate it a lot.”
Hayes has served as an Element leader within a Marines Special Operations Team and has displayed courage and heroism in multiple operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In addition to tickets to the big game, Hayes and Coate received transportation to and from their respective bases to Arlington, four nights’ stay at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center and invitations to the NFL’s Super Bowl Tailgate and Saturday Night Parties and News America Marketing’s own Super Bowl Kick Off Party. They wll be recognized on-stage and thanked by their hosts for their service in the armed forces.
Hayes is married to the former Erin Smithling of Marathon. They have a son, Beau, who will turn two years old next month and are expecting their second child in May. Because of his wife’s pregnancy, Hayes will be joined on the trip by fellow Marine Justin Hansen.
“I leave for Texas Thursday afternoon,” Hayes said. “News America has different parties for us to go to, and I’m also playing golf Friday morning.”
“Military service is a courageous and selfless gift that many of our employees, clients and relatives have chosen to give to our country and to their fellow countrymen,” said Chris Mixson, the president of News America Marketing. “We at News America Marketing wanted to show our appreciation by giving a small token back to them.
“We are grateful to the Pentagon for working with us for the third year in a row to select the very best of an elite group to join us for a memorable weekend celebrating the uniquely American sport of football. We thank all who serve our country, both here and abroad, for everything that they do to protect our freedom.”

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