Brad Israel (Major, U.S. Army) is a lifelong learner committed to the study and application of leadership. From a young age, he has been involved in leadership roles and mentored by significant and selfless leaders helping shape him in to the best form of himself. When 9/11 occurred, Brad, like countless numbers of other American Patriots, took on the responsibility to serve his country and lead men in combat.
Beginning in 2005, Brad joined the Army, earning his commission through the Officer Candidate School (OCS) as an Infantry Officer. After successfully graduating from Ranger and Airborne School, Brad was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. He led an Airborne Rifle Platoon, a Heavy Weapons Platoon, and a Scout Reconnaissance Platoon, all in combat in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan.
Brad earned a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device for Valor in battle; he also published a photography book, “Faces of the Future” from his time working with the locals in the villages. Brad went through the Special Forces Assessment Selection in 2008 and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course earning the coveted “Green Beret” and Special Forces Tab in February 2011. He was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group and served as a Detachment Commander for an elite mountain detachment in southern Afghanistan and led a water infiltration detachment in Colombia, South America; he earned his second Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership in 7th Special Forces Group. Brad’s earned numerous other military medals and achievements over the course of eleven years of service.
One of Brad’s former Commanders had this to say, “As your Company Commander of just over two months and an observer of your performance over the past year in this Battalion, I am most impressed with your leadership qualities. You have a charismatic quality that draws your Soldiers to you and builds confidence in them of your ability to make sound decisions under stressful conditions. I now have over two years deployed in a combat zone and have yet to see a leader with better calm under fire.”
His passion is now speaking and consulting with corporations, groups, and at conferences about values based & servant leadership and how it enabled his units to grow and become cohesive and competent organizations. The parallels he makes for the civilian workforce prove that these timeless principles of leadership and relationships do not change.
“Brad Israel is an extraordinarily knowledgeable leader and innovator who is completely committed to excellence in all that he does. His vast experiences in the U.S. military and private sector make him a valuable asset or guest for any organization. While working together as young infantry officers and later remaining professional friends as commanders in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Brad always impressed me with his professionalism, calm demeanor, and positive attitude. One of my most vivid memories of serving in Afghanistan came during only my second or third night in-country, when Brad’s outpost was attacked and I had the privilege to listen to him calmly direct return fire and airstrikes against enemy forces over the radio. A humble, yet confident man, Brad will impress any audience with his ability to communicate his remarkable experiences to a wide array of listeners. Those lucky enough to hear him speak will not be disappointed!"
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Former US Army Special Forces Commander
"To be a Force Multiplier is to actively create impacts and significance in the lives of others, thus maximizing their leadership potential, extending beyond comfort zones into a life of depth, meaningful relationships, and with defining moments of positive growth.
Becoming a Force Multiplier takes intentional design and effort.”
Values Based Leadership
Change, Uncertainty, and Overcoming Adversity
Improving the Team and the Process
The Power of Relationships