Sean Lydon Cassidy was born Oct. 16, 1960, in New York and enlisted at 17 years old. His first six years in the service were with the Navy. He then switched branches to the Army. Cassidy joined the Army because of the Army’s presence on his college campus.
Cassidy deployed in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Cassidy’s unit distributed money and resources for local populations. His work consisted of making sure humanitarian assistance, funds and resources delivered into Iraq helped Iraqis succeed. Cassidy served with the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, tasked with meeting the needs of the civilian population during a time of war. His work helped set up hospitals, ministries and schools.
After Cassidy’s deployment to Iraq, he returned to a civil affairs command stateside.
He then transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia, and served as battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment. He oversaw the training of drill sergeants who train new soldiers.
During his service, Cassidy received two Bronze Star Medals and a Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Cassidy retired as a lieutenant colonel.
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