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Brad Thomas spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, first as a Ranger and later as an operator in Delta Force, the Army’s Tier 1 special missions unit. Brad was deployed to Somalia and was on the ground in Mogadishu for the incident which became known as “Black Hawk Down.” Brad would later earn his way into ‘The Unit’-Delta Force, and go on to participate in some of the most consequential missions in the Global War on Terror.
A lifelong musician, Brad continued to play guitar throughout his military career and as he was getting close to retirement, linked up with former Nirvana and Soundgarden guitarist Jason Everman, who had become a Ranger and a Green Beret. Along with Tyson Stahl, Fred Cowell, and Brandon Lundeen (also veterans), they formed the band Silence and Light.
Silence and Light is dedicated to helping veterans and their transition into civilian life, with 100% of the proceeds from album, single and apparel/swag sales going to the Marine Raider Foundation and Warriors Heart.
This was a fascinating and wide ranging conversation where we covered everything from Brad’s perspective on Black Hawk Down, to what it takes to make it to Delta Force, to the formation of Silence and Light and the artistic quest for perfection. Brad’s passion for helping the soldiers he served with (and veterans in general) and making kick-ass rock n’ roll, comes through loud and clear in this conversation.
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