Tony O'Brien, Navy veteran
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Preacher's kid, Gulf War vet, IRONMAN triathlete & Dad, Coach Tony served in the Marines & SEALs, following his Dad Deacon Don who served in the Marines. Their Blue Star family has members serving today.

He was raised in Brockton, Mass. where his heroic Mom (age 28) & brother (age 1) died as a result of a home fire when Tony was age 6;  his family is forever grateful to firefighters who rescued his family.
His Dad Deacon Don of St. Edward Church later remarried Lorraine, also a widow also with 3 young children, and he grew up in a wonderful step-family with 7 siblings.
We later lost Lorraine to cancer & ask you to join us in donating to cancer research in her memory.
His Dad later remarried Andrea, also a widow also with 7 children, for a more wonderful step-family with 14 siblings.

At Cardinal Spellman High, he was selected to the National Honor Society for academics. After failing to make the junior varsity teams in football & baseball, he was recruited to the track & cross-country teams by Coach Nick Siciliano who was also his English teacher.
He helped turn around the cross-country team from a 2-8 win-loss record to 7-3, became a co-captain winning several team & individual awards placing in state & regional races, and in his senior year finished three marathons (26.2 miles) including Philadelphia, Boston & the New England AAU Junior Championship where he was awarded the second place silver medal.
While working his way through school in several jobs including delivering newspapers starting in 5th grade and later as a restaurant worker & Teamster warehouseman, he played hockey & baseball in regional leagues, competed in local golf tournaments, coached youth basketball & baseball, and volunteered in his Church with his Dad and served in the Scouts.
While in the military, he continued his competitive running career winning several awards placing overall and in age & team divisions, finished 15 marathons (26.2 mi.), and represented the Navy in many races throughout the U.S. & overseas.
While expanding to cycling races & triathlons (swim, bike, run), he had similar success winning many awards highlighted by finishing the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship (swim 2.4 mi, bike 112 mi, run 26.2 mi) in Hawaii including as a member of the Navy’s IRONMAN team that finished second in the team division.
After adding more body weight & weight training to his workout program, he competed in a 10 mile(s) race & he won first place in the Clydesdale division (over 200 lbs).  
While in the military, he also competed in golf, rugby, marksmanship, softball & boxing tournaments, and earned his FAA pilot license plus instructor certifications in rock climbing, skiing, swimming & shooting.   

For longtime participation in & support of his alma mater's theater program, he was inducted to the Cardinal Spellman High Robert McEwan Drama Hall of Fame in 2011.
He and his brother Donny were members of the team that are two-time winners of the annual Cardinal Spellman High Joey Glynn Memorial golf tournament with one of the largest golf fields at 216 golfers who contribute to the wonderful fundraiser for his alma mater.
He is coaching his sons as runners who participate and earn awards in local road races improving strength, endurance & toughness.
Besides his awesome Moms & Dad Deacon Don, Tony most credits his track Coach Siciliano & theater director Mr. McEwan as top mentors that best prepared him for & had greatest impact on his adulthood & lifetime of determination & service.   

In the Marine Corps, he served in the infantry with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment & 1st Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton CA then at recruit training at Bootcamp Parris Island SC and received the French Fourragere award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Achievement Medals & Army Airborne (parachutist) insignia (plus attended Army Jumpmaster course). His Recon platoon served as extras in the Clint Eastwood movie Heartbreak Ridge.

Then the Secretary of the Navy selected him for transfer to the Navy & he completed SEAL basic training (cl. 156; at age 28) considered one of the most challenging military training programs 
with some of the most physically fit military personnel in the world whose expertise incl. international crisis response, disaster relief and search & rescue.  

Highlights of his service as a SEAL incl. being assigned to SEAL Team FIVE and SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE serving throughout the U.S. and overseas onboard several ships & submarines and was awarded Navy Unit Commendations, Combat Action Ribbon, Southwest Asia Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal & Battle Effectiveness Award. 
In Korea during a heavy snow storm, his SEAL platoon led a high-altitude rescue of a local woman who was pregnant & severely-injured. 
During the Gulf War he was selected SEAL operations officer for ComPhibTaskForce ADM Clarey and supported SEAL Team THREE & SEAL Team EIGHT operations as part of the coalition of 38 countries that defeated Iraq;  his SEAL Task Force processed 1,500 POW's during combat operations.  
Then his SEAL task force was redeployed as the first response team of the international disaster relief operations for the cyclone in India & Bangladesh that killed 135,000 & left 10 million homeless (deadliest cyclone ever recorded) and was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award & Humanitarian Service Medal. 
Then he was assigned as maritime counter-terrorism operations chief for USCINCPAC ADM Larson coordinating operations for multiple federal agencies in Asia, Australia & middle east incl. working with several U.S. Secret Service details & was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.                              
In his last SEAL assignment as SEAL Training Officer for NSWG-2 coordinating training for SEAL Teams in the eastern US, the advanced SEAL training course (STT), and sniper & breacher courses, he also was selected SEAL operations officer for a JSOC task force where ADM Olson awarded him the Joint Service Achievement Medal; attended Army Ranger School (cl. 11-00; at age 41, one of only 3 graduates ever in their 40s) where GEN LeMoyne (brother of SEAL ADM Chuck Lemoyne) awarded him the distinguished leadership award; and selected SEAL Detachment Commander in Kosovo supporting SEAL Team TWO conducting peacekeeping operations & working with the US Secret Service during the President's Europe trip when GEN Brooks awarded O'Brien the Army Achievement Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal & NATO Peacekeeping Medal; for his service with NSWG-2, Commodore Heinz awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal.

His decorations also include the SEAL insignia, U.S. Presidential & Secretary of Defense commendations (from President Bush Jr.), Army Ranger tab, Army freefall parachutist insignia, National officer of the year award (from US Association of the Navy), and unit & campaign awards.

He was also selected as a US Presidential Management Fellow by the Bush Jr. administration and served with the Dept. of Energy as a budget analyst & Congressional liaison officer coordinating multi-billion dollar budgets with world-wide offices incl. responsibility for nuclear security operations and with offices of Congress & their sub-committees.
Then he led the security detail in Anbar province, Iraq for an American female author who wrote a book about middle east combat.
He enjoys continuing his service locally as a leader assisting many causes important to him & his family and maximizing his time with his children Anthony & James Donald who was named after his grandfathers.

He has received recognition from many business, charity & government offices for his service in several leadership positions in the region including as VFW post commander in Whitman & VFW district commander in Plymouth County, on the town (finance) advisory committee & board of county commissioners, and as a Scout Leader & Coach for youth basketball & baseball, and still  on alumni committees at his alma maters and as an executive & volunteer for several nonprofits & committees assisting veterans, the disabled & homeless, and low-income families in need.
He also still serves at Whitman VFW as Judge Advocate, Trustee & Director continuing his work helping veterans & his community - besides his dedication to his family, service to our veterans is the cause of his life.  
He works as the Hospital Service Coordinator (DAV) with VA Healthcare System Boston.
And he serves as a military spokesperson and motivational speaker and provides services as a Leadership Coach for businesses, groups & individuals incl. consulting in fitness & weight-loss, email, call or text him for advice1.
Please contact him for a copy of his DD-214 military discharge form. 
He & his family are grateful for countless blessings esp. faith & health and family, friends & colleagues who are so supportive, most esp. our Gold Star & Blue Star families who sacrificed so much for all of us.

Contact:  cell (508) 868-2547                                                                                                         PO Box 67 Whitman MA 02382

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