On Sunday, November 11, Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki received an Honorary Special Forces coin from Special Forces Soldier Master Sergeant Kevin Wise. The two actors were the special guests at Creation Entertainment’s “Salute to Supernatural and Buffy/Angel,” a convention held in Schaumburg, Illinois that was attended by numerous show fans, one of whom is Wise.
While on stage with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Wise told the crowd that the first two seasons of Supernatural are the most requested DVDs among armed forces personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wise also said that Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. and Kripke Entertainment, Inc. are shipping 3,000 DVDs to the soldiers stationed in such areas.
Wise also explained that there are currently five active Special Forces Groups, one of which has its own unique coin. Wise, a member of the Special Forces Unit ODA 045 or ?€œTeam Texas,?€? said that in order to get the coin, one must either become a Green Beret or be given one by a Green Beret. Only on rare occasions have civilians been presented with the coin.
Aside from the Special Forces coin, Wise gave Ackles and Padalecki each with a letter of gratitude from General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq.
In turn, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki gave Wise a copy of a shooting script, autographed by the cast and crew of Supernatural.
While the presentation proved touching for both the actors and the crowd, the day was also riddled with a lot of humorous antics from Ackles and Padalecki. The boys, who play brothers onscreen, spent most of their time on stage joking around with each other while answering queries from the fans.
At one point, Ackles went up on stage wearing a t-shirt with Padalecki’s picture, prompting his costar to say, “I have never been more attracted to your torso, Jensen.”