About Leadership in Love and War

Leadership in Love and War—Memoirs of a Special Operator provides an extraordinary look into the life and mission of a Special Operations warrior.  Author Bradford Pressley leads us through no-fail missions, romance, war, and loyal friendships.  Share the experiences of a defender of freedom.  Live active and harrowing engagements at the “tip of the spear.”  Explore depths of love, selfless service, duty, and brotherhood normally exclusive to combat veterans.  Put on the full armor for this wild ride.  Leadership in love and war just got turned on its head.

About Bradford Pressley

MSG (Retired) Bradford S. Pressley served as a Special Operations leader and helicopter crew chief for the majority of his twenty-year military career with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (ABN). He deployed in Operations: Desert Shield/Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Uphold Democracy, and undisclosed classified operations. His awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal.


MSG Pressley retired honorably from the military in 2007. He combines passions of faith, family, and service to combat the epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Leadership in Love and War is a window into the adventurous, dangerous, and romantic life of a special operator and combat veteran of faith.

Bradford Pressley,

Master Sergeant,

U.S. Army, Retired

Copyright 2013 Leadership in Love and War


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Mike Durant
CW4 U.S. Army (Retired) Author of NYT Bestseller
In the Company of Heroes

Brad’s message of Faith is something I wish we saw more of in both the military and civilian sectors of our society.  It is a fantastic tool to help when faced with extreme adversity or the simple challenges of everyday life.


Dr. Luann Callaway, MA MFT, PhD
Lighthouse Counseling Clinic, Inc., Stockbridge, Georgia

Brad Pressley has walked in the boots of a soldier.  He knows the heart of a soldier.  He has breathed the combat air and felt God’s hand in his.  As you step into the stories that shaped the man, you will walk on hallowed ground. 


Buford Thomas, Jr.
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) U.S. Army 1976-2007

I know of no other person who is more faithful to God, family, and country than Brad. It was great serving alongside Brad in our early Army career because Brad would always reach out to help others even if it meant going out of his way.  

I have known Brad since the mid 1980’s as a fellow soldier and as his senior Enlisted Army Leader in peace and war times.  I am not a bit surprised where Brad is today with his faith in God, love of family and country and still giving back to our nation’s most precious resources: its Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, to include their families through Leadership in Love and War and its “Life’s Golden Lessons.”


Chris Adsit
Branches of Valor, National Director www.branchesofvalor.org

Thanks to Brad's inspired work, you have the opportunity to learn lessons that are often best learned in the stress and trauma of combat—without actually having to go there!  Whether you are a veteran or not, you'll gain great life-insights as you read, absorb, and apply the vivid lessons Brad shares in this book.   

Here's a preview of a pervasive theme: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5, 6)  If all of us could internalize and live this truth as Brad has, we'd all experience fuller, more settled, more productive, and more thrilling lives! 


Dr. Roger P. Freeman
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, 1993-2012 President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, 2005 President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, 1992

Brad Pressley is a man of God, a soldier of the Lord and of His Country.  Serving as his pastor for several years was a great honor.

Brad is faithful to God, his wife, his church, and his duty.  He has served his country in war and peace.  The spiritual nuggets in “Life’s Golden Lessons” will help us more faithfully honor our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Pastor Timothy L. Morgan
Silent Run Baptist Church, Nebo, KY Major, U.S. Army (Retired) 1988-2012 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment 2004-2012

Brad Pressley is unequivocally the epitome of the Army adage of “what right looks like.”  Brad was one of the first men that I met from Foxtrot Company when I arrived to 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) as a newly assigned Lieutenant to the Regiment.  It took only a moment to realize that he was one of the Non- Commissioned Officer (NCO’s) that I could count on for the right answer and wise counsel.

He was never too busy for anyone, regardless of rank or position.  He was as quick to check on a superior or subordinate and was never “too good” or “too senior” to accept any task. 

Through the years I have continually witnessed Brad be the example of the finest leader our country has to offer, all the while being an example of the finest servant of The King.  Brad doesn’t wear his faith when it’s convenient; he lives it every day, day in and day out.   

His commitment to the sons and daughters of this great nation is yet again demonstrated in his sacrifice of penning the work that you are about to read, Leadership in Love and War.

Brad is the real deal.  I am humbled to call him a friend and a brother in Christ.