Tony O'Brien, Navy veteran
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Preacher's kid, Gulf War veteran, 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 in 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. 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 as a Teamster warehouseman, he played hockey & baseball in regional leagues, coached youth basketball & baseball, and volunteered in his Church with his Dad.
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 in Hawaii including as a member of the Navy’s IRONMAN team that finished second in the team division.
After adding bodybuilding weight training to his workouts, his last competition in the military was a 10 mile(s) race & he won first place in the Clydesdale division (over 200 lbs).  
While in the military, he also competed in rugby, marksmanship, softball & boxing tournaments, and earned his FAA pilot license & instructor certifications in rock climbing, skiing, swimming & shooting.  

He was inducted to the Cardinal Spellman High Robert McEwan Drama Hall of Fame in 2011 for longtime participation in & support for the school’s theater program.

In the Marine Corps, he served in the infantry with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton CA then in recruit training at Bootcamp Parris Island SC and received the French Fourragere award, Navy Achievement Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation.  

Then the Secretary of the Navy selected him for transfer to the Navy & he completed SEAL basic training (156) 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.
He served with SEAL Team FIVE and SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE throughout the U.S. and overseas incl. Asia, Europe & the middle east and onboard several ships & submarines.
He also served as SEAL operations officer for PhibRon in support of SEAL Team THREE during the Gulf War, maritime counter-terrorism operations chief for CINCPAC, SEAL training officer for NSWG-2, SEAL operations officer for a JSOC task force at Ft. Bragg NC, SEAL Detachment Commander in support of SEAL Team TWO in Kosovo, and served with U.S. Secret Service details. His decorations include the SEAL insignia, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, U.S. Presidential & Secretary of Defense commendations, Army Ranger tab & Ranger school leadership award, Army freefall parachutist insignia, National officer of the year award, 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.
Then he led the security detail in Iraq for an American female author who wrote a book about middle east combat. He has been offered positions in international security but prefers to continue his service locally as a leader assisting many causes important to him & his family and maximizing his time with his children.

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, on the town (finance) Advisory committee & board of county Commissioners, and as an executive & volunteer for several nonprofits & committees assisting veterans, the disabled & homeless, and low-income families in need, as well as service as a youth Coach for basketball & baseball and he still serves at Whitman VFW as Judge Advocate, Trustee & Director.
He also provides coaching services in fitness & weight-loss.
He serves as the Hospital Services Coordinator (DAV) with VA Healthcare System Boston.
He & his family are grateful for countless blessings esp. faith & health and family, friends & colleagues who are so supportive and our Gold Star & Blue Star families who have sacrificed so much for all of us.
Contact:  cell (508) 868-2547
PO Box 67 Whitman MA 02382

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