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DuPage prosecutor, Army major serves county and country

DUPAGE COUNTY, IL - NOVEMBER 19, 2012

Talk about juggling careers.

When he's not in a DuPage County courtroom prosecuting felonies, Mike O'Donnell can be found in the Middle East serving his country.

The 42-year-old Army veteran has been deployed three times in 10 years, including twice while holding down a job at the state's attorney's office.

"I often tell people that being a prosecutor and an Army Reserve soldier are similar because we're both required to get the job done, and often that means working after hours," O'Donnell said by email from Bamyan province in central Afghanistan.

O'Donnell, a DuPage County resident who grew up in West Dundee, enlisted in 1994 and served his first deployment in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. In 2008 -- about four years into his other career as a criminal prosecutor -- he was called back to Iraq for another year. On both missions, he worked in detainee operations.

Winfield resident doubles as assistant state's attorney, U.S. Army Reserve major

WINFIELD, IL - JANUARY 12, 2014

It’s been about a year since DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney Mike O’Donnell finished his latest deployment overseas, training Afghan police.

O’Donnell’s a busy man, managing careers in the State’s Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Army Reserve, but with his passion for both, he finds a way.

“When I’m here, it’s my State’s Attorney work. When I get home, that’s when I deal with the Reserve world,” O’Donnell said.

In his off time from the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Winfield resident serves as the executive officer for the 327th Military Police Battalion in Arlington Heights, filling the role of a chief-of-staff for the battalion by making sure everything runs smoothly.

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290 South County Farm Road, Suite O, Wheaton, IL 60187

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Wheaton, IL 60187

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