Local Guardsman member of elite team
Soldier to train in Indiana, Poland before going to Afghanistan
AMBOY – National Guard 1st Sgt. Johnny O'Brien is destined to be a member of an elite team in Afghanistan for 6 months or more, but Saturday he was just a dad worried he'll miss his daughter.
O'Brien was the guest of honor at a deployment party at Wittenauer Used Farm Machinery. About 60 people crowded the small building to drink beer and wine, eat snacks, and send off O'Brien.
The party was "humbling," said O'Brien, 36, of Rockford, who graduated from Amboy High School in 1994.
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