Monday, March 25, 2013

Help CCSO Show Staff Sgt. John Ognibene Some 50th Birthday Love!

Please join the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in wishing a happy 50th birthday to Army Staff Sgt. John Ognibene, who will be celebrating this milestone April 7 in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Ognibene is part of the CCSO family. His wife Tina is a jail technician and has been with the agency since 2004.

If you would like to send a birthday card to Staff Sgt. Ognibene, his address is:

SSG Ognibene, John
320th MP CO
FOB Walton
APO, AE 09367

Also, CCSO has posted a photo of Tina Ognibene on the agency’s Facebook Page.  She is holding a sign that says, “How Many Likes Can We Get For Army Staff Sgt. John Ognibene’s 50th Birthday?” The agency is asking the community to like, leave comments and share the post via social media as a show of birthday support and appreciation for Staff Sgt. Ognibene.

Staff Sgt. Ognibene moved to Naples in 1967 and is a Lely High School graduate. He served three years in the U.S. Army and one year in the Army National Guard after graduating high school in 1981. 

While he enjoyed his life as a civilian after leaving the military, he missed serving his country. In 2005, with Tina’s blessing, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve.

In 2006/2007 he served his first six-month deployment to Afghanistan. His second six-month deployment followed in 2007/2008. After his return from that deployment his unit, the 723rd Maintenance Support Co (A), was closed and he was assigned to the 320th MP CO about four months before that unit returned from its deployment. In October 2012 he was called to active duty again. First he spent time training in Fort Bliss, Texas. On Dec. 23 his unit left again for Afghanistan. This time the deployment is expected to last a year.

Tina Ognibene is a native of Germany, and all of her family members live there. She considers her CCSO friends to be her local family. Agency members have donated 58 pounds worth of items that she has mailed to her husband’s unit while he has been deployed. Another 4 pounds are ready to be shipped. The items include lip balm, bug repellant, wipes, small toiletries. and candy.