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GRP 112-Silence and Light: The story of a special operations rock band


We have two great guest on for this week’s podcast. They are both veterans of the special operations community and members of a band called Silence and Light.


J Bradford is a retired Army Special Missions operator who first saw combat in Mogadishu, Somalia during the Black Hawk Down incident as a young Ranger. Shortly before 9/11 he went onto try out and get selected to serve in the Army’s Special Missions unit where he served for over 10 years. Tyson is a retired Marine Raider Officer with multiple rotations into combat.


We talked about the band including the other members who were not on for this podcast. Jason Everman was a member of Sound Garden, and Nirvana before he joined the Army and became a Special Forces Green Beret. We touched on the stresses of combat among several other subjects. Enjoy.  


0:00-Scot Spooner intro


4:56-J Bradford’s and Tyson’s musical backgrounds.


9:15-Combat stress


21:53- J Bradford’s military background. October 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia. Tyson’s military background.


41:28-Military specialties and combat applications


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