Anthony O'Brien, Sr. is a former Navy SEAL & Gulf War veteran. He first joined the Marine Corps inspired by his father "Deacon Don" & family members who served with commitment to Duty, Honor, Country.
Don was an ordnanceman with 1st Air Wing in Korea. Uncle Dick was a Vietnamese linguist-interrogator, CO of 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment; and National Commandant of the Marine Corps League. Uncle Dave was CO of the USS Constitution. Anthony's brother David was a Marine Corps helicopter mechanic.
Anthony was raised in Brockton, Mass. where his Dad was the first Deacon at St. Edward Church where his parents, Don & Lorraine, led a "Pre-Cana" Christian marriage preparation program for 20 years & where Anthony was an altar boy, choir member, Eucharistic minister & member of the Boy Scouts.
Anthony served as a platoon commander in the Marine Corps infantry (1st Bn., 5th Regt. then 1st Recon Bn.) at Camp Pendleton CA then as a series commander of Drill Instructors with recruit training at USMC Bootcamp Parris Island SC & received the French Fourragere Award, Navy Achievement Medal & Meritorious Unit Citation. The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful).
In the Marines, he attended Navy Diving School in San Diego; Army Airborne Course & Army Jumpmaster School at Ft. Benning GA, and Submarine Diving Supervisor Course trained by the Navy SEALs.
He was then selected
to transfer to the Navy & attended basic training for Navy SEALs aka Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL ("BUD/S") Training where he earned the Top Shooter Award & his Navy SEAL qualification.
The 6 months BUD/S course is considered the world's most challenging military training in physical conditioning and combat diving, weapons & tactics highlighted by the infamous "Hell Week" with even greater intensity & maximum sleep deprivation, graduation beach run of 14 miles & graduation ocean swim of 6 miles. BUD/S graduation rate is less than 30%.
The SEALs were established in 1962 by President Kennedy from the Navy "Frogmen" UDT (Underwater Demolition Teams) - SEALs still call each other "Frogman" with utmost respect to their predecessors.
The acronym SEAL stands for their SEa, Air, and Land capabilities. The SEAL motto is "the only easy day was yesterday."
He was first assigned to SEAL Team 5 in San Diego as a platoon commander & received the Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation & National Defense Service Medal.
Navy SEALs are highly-trained in diving, demolitions & parachuting in hazardous, high-stress conditions for no-notice crisis-response, disaster-relief,
and search & rescue missions.
He was next assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 as a platoon commander where he was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and Battle Effectiveness Award for his service with several submarines.
Anthony trained in 25 states, made 8 deployments to 30 countries in Asia, Europe and the middle-east and is a veteran of the Gulf War (awarded Southwest Asia Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal), Kosovo conflict (in 2001 awarded NATO Medal & Kosovo Campaign Medal with SEAL Team 2), disaster-relief operations including 1991 Bangladesh cyclone disaster (awarded Humanitarian Service Medal with SEAL Team 3), service with Secret Service details for 3 U.S. Presidents & several other operations.
He also served as Chief of the Maritime Counter-terrorism Operations Section for the Commander-in-Chief Pacific theater where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Besides being a Jumpmaster and Diving Supervisor, his military instructor certifications include rock-climbing, skiing, water safety-survival & shooting. He earned his FAA pilot license in Columbia SC.
During his military service, he was a member of the Marine Corps Virginia Rugby team and won awards in military boxing & shooting tournaments, road races, biathlons (ski-shoot), triathlons (swim-bike-run) and finished 15 marathons including the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.
He was selected National Officer of the Year in 1997 by the Association of the U.S. Navy. The top Navy core values are Honor, Courage, Commitment.
In the Navy, he attended Navy SERE School (Survival, Evade, Resist, Escape MIA-POW training), Army Freefall-HALO (high-altitude, low-opening) Parachutist Course, Ft. Bragg NC (via course challenge with MTT in Yuma AZ) and, upon completion of Army Ranger School in 2000, he received their Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of the U.S. Army. The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way.
Lieutenant Commander O'Brien's last assignment was at Norfolk VA when he served as NSW Group 2 Training Officer, Director of the Sniper and Breacher Courses, Maritime Operations Officer for SOCOM/JSOC Y2K Task Force & Commander of Navy SEAL/Army Special Forces Recon & Surveillance Detachment Kosovo and received the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal & U.S. Presidential Commendation.
He received other personal, unit & campaign awards during his military service. He was selected for a US Presidential Management Fellowship in Washington DC & served with the VFW and county government in his home state of Massachusetts.
His decades of leadership and staff experience include management of personnel, budgets and facilities and countless staff functions while conducting highly-classified worldwide operations and assisting many countries, communities, governments, businesses & charities.
His family's lifelong passion for public & community service and helping veterans is dedicated to uniformed patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country and those who continue to Stand the Watch. The motto of the VFW is Honor the Dead by Helping the Living.
He & his wife Staci & their two children Anthony Jr., and James Donald, live in Pembroke, Mass. Staci is a part-time nurse at Mass. General Hospital & her family are long-time fundraisers for breast cancer research - walk for the cure!
We are all in this together. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any reason.
Contact: AnthonyThomasOBrien@yahoo.com cell (508) 868-2547 PO Box 18 Pembroke Ma 02359 www.facebook.com/TonyStaciO'Brien