Big Tone, the man, the myth, the legend. If you’ve already read or are reading Love Me When I’m Gone, you know the impact which this great man had on my Special Forces upbringing and career. A senior leader on the team once I arrived, Tony and Chris were the two who I would credit as my fathers in SF. Between the two of them they helped to wash the green off of me and teach me what it truly means to be an operator on an ODA, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Tony began his life in the Army in the 82nd Airborne as Airborne Infantry. After a significant amount of time in the regular Army, Big Tone had a break in service where he went back to civilian life and worked for his family construction company. Being the warrior that he is, he came back in September of 2001 (after 9/11) and went straight to the Q-course.
Tony has participated in missions and wars all across the globe, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and the Arabian Peninsula. In his time in the Army and Special Forces he has earned several Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medials, Meritorious Service Medals, NATO ribbons, the Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, HALO certification, the 18F certification (Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant), is a SFARTEC graduate and a jump master. He is now serving as a Team Sergeant in 5th group.
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