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Combat Story

Jan 15, 2022

Today we hear the Combat Story of Brad Thomas, a former Ranger and Delta Force operator who fought in multiple theaters from Somalia to Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, including 12 years at the Unit in the pre- and post-9/11 era.
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Brad gave up a promising musical career to serve, first with Ranger Battalion and then finding his way into Delta Force. His first combat experience was in Mogadishu in what we know as Black Hawk Down as part of 3rd Ranger Battalion in a true baptism by fire.
Since leaving the military, Brad returned to his passion: music. He gathered a group of veterans who now make up the band “Silence and Light” and saw far more success than they expected on their debut album and are releasing their second album in the near future.
Since Brad can’t help but go all in on everything he does, he and the band donate their profits to two veteran-focused charities: Marine Raider Foundation and Warriors Heart.
It’s not often you get to sit down and hear directly from someone who spent years at the Tier 1 level and survived Mogadishu so I hope you enjoy this Combat Story and brief glimpse into that world as much as I did.
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Show Notes

0:00 - Intro
0:49 - Guest introduction for Brad Thomas
1:54 - Interview begins
2:09 - The prevalence of musicians and artists in the Elite Units
4:40 - What sparked Brad’s interest in music as a kid
25:18 - Joining and knowing he wanted to be elite
38:05 - The path to Ranger School
45:48 - Going outside the wire for the first time in Mogadishu
54:25 - Reaction to the Black Hawk Down movie and what it was like for Brad
1:09:04 - Going back out the gate again
1:16:18 - The days following October 3 in Mogadishu
1:23:30 - Transition after Mogadishu
1:33:59 - Going back into combat after Mogadishu
1:37:28 - Funny story about goofing around with the team
1:39:59 - What Brad is doing now with music
1:55:24 - What did you carry into combat?
1:56:40 - Would you do it all again?
1:59:05 - Listener comments and shout outs