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

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

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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

 

Follow my co-host and my pages on social media. Links below.

 

Follow J Bradford on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/jbradford_official

 

Follow Tyson on Instagram at:

www.instagram.com/Stahler_61

 

 

                                    

Global Recon:

www.Globalrecon.net

 

https://www.instagram.com/igrecon

 

https://www.instagram.com/blackopsmatter

 

 

www.twitter.com/igrecon

 

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalReconPodcast/

 

 

HP Lefler:

https://www.instagram.com/4runner.freyja

 

 

Chantel Taylor:

https://www.instagram.com/mission_critical

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/altern8rv

 

Music provided by Caspian:

 

www.caspianmusic.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GRP 78- Don’t Fear The Reaper: Nick Irving's Journey as a Sniper in the GWOT

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GRP 78- Don’t Fear The Reaper: Nick Irving's Journey as a Sniper in the GWOT

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GRP 78-On for this week's episode is former Army Ranger Sniper and New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Irving. Nick served for several years in the military all with Ranger battalion. We discussed his journey as the child of two military parents and what motivated him to join the Army. We talked about mindset and some of the qualities that you need to succeed in anything you want to do in life. There is a lot of laughing going on in this episode so please bare with us. We talked some of the psychology of being a sniper which you guys might find interesting. Nick also shared some combat stories from his time as a sniper with the 3rd Ranger battalion. Below is an excerpt:

 

Nick Irving: I didn't learn until the first time I pulled the trigger with a sniper rifle is how intimate it is. We weren't getting shot at. There were 6 Taliban guys. A certain portion of Helmand province was shut down and Taliban commanders were killed that day. Me and my spotter are zooming in with our scopes, and we see the outline of a chest rack. Then we can see the outline of an AK-47. I remember getting the call for clearance to shoot these guys and right as we got that call a round cracks passed us. I remember dumping one guy and they started to scatter, but then they stopped and stood there. It was the strangest thing.

 

My first mission into Helmand province we got ambushed from this rooftop. I got off the helo and once we got off the ramp the skyline lit up. Maybe its a party I don’t know. I remember this tracer round whizzing passed and we got lit up a little bit. We got up onto this roof. I and my spotter get up on the roof and his gun jams. I'm like dude screw it just light me up. He puts on his IR flood and lights up the targets. You can see the enemy's eyes blinking.  I remember putting the cross hairs right in between this dude's eyeballs. I squeeze off a round the round misses. As dumb as he is the guy sticks his head back up and the next shot connects.

Nick Irving:

www.reaper33.com

 

OfficalReaper33-Instagram

 

Global Recon:

www.globalrecon.net

 

IgRecon – Instagram

BlackOpsMatter- Instagram

Mission_Critical – Instagram

IgRecon- Twitter

 

Chantel Taylor:

Instagram: Mission_Critical

Facebook: Battleworn

 

Music provided by Caspian:

www.caspianmusic.net

 

 

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Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue

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Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue

GRP 28- Today’s episode is a special Memorial Day tribute to our fallen countrymen from all wars past till present. There will be multiple post highlighting this episode, this is an excerpt from former Army Ranger John Lovell.

Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue

 

John Hendricks: What do you think about when you think of Memorial Day?

 

John Lovell: Today I’m thinking about Pat Tillman. Tillman was somebody I served with in 2nd Ranger Battalion. I didn’t know em well. Aside from just seeing him around I didn’t have much interaction with him. The reason I’m thinking of Pat Tillman today is because of the feelings his story represents to me now. I honor Pat as a patriot and a hero.

 

I think of those who were with him on the battlefield. Often times I think of whoever it was who killed him accidently by friendly fire. It’s a weird place that my heart goes to on memorial day, I think about how I would feel if I accidently killed my brother. I would rather prefer that I died instead. Friendly fire is a reality of war. I know how many veterans walk around wounded by the thought of that they failed their brothers. If only they’d fought a little harder, or fought a little better they could have saved their brothers.

 

There’s a lot of Vietnam vets, GWOT vets, that really wished that they had died instead, and their dying a little bit inside everyday because of it. Those that carry around a horrible burden I don’t judge these guys. I wanted any soldiers out there that are possibly carrying around shame, to those who feel they somehow let their brothers down. I cannot know this for sure, but I feel like if one of my brothers was responsible for my death on the battlefield I’d have forgiveness for them.

 

I’d say its part of war man, you did your best, there’s nothing more you could have done. Let go of your shame and live, live for me, or in you I’d die twice. On memorial day I don’t just think of the veterans who died, I think of the veterans who are limping through life still. My message is one for them. 

 

Check out Justin Howard on Facebook:  Panjwayi Valley Gun Club

Instagram: Panjwayi

 

Check out John Lovell on Instagram: WarriorPoetSociety

John’s website: www.globalrecon.net

John’s Facebook: FB Recon

John’s Instagram: IgRecon, GlobalRecon_Inc

John’s Twitter: IgRecon

LinkedIn: Global Recon

 

Music provided by Caspian: www.caspianmusic.net

 

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