JD at Professional Soldier sent us a link from the Bend Bulletin, one of Joel Lisson‘s local newspapers. I guess he’s not such a braggart these days that he wants to talk to the local media about his special forces career;
Lisson didn’t come to the door of his Bend home when The Bulletin stopped by last week. Instead a woman with a dog answered. After checking with Lisson about an interview request, she passed a card for Christopher Heaps, a Bend attorney, and said to talk to him.
Asked about the questions surrounding his client’s military service record, Heaps said, “We don’t have any comment on it.”
Heaps also said Lisson was not interested in speaking with the newspaper.
The Jewells got in touch with retired Master Sgt. Jeff “J.D.” Hinton, who served in the Special Forces. Hinton runs a website called professionalsoldiers.com.
“They wanted to find out if basically what he was telling was true,” said Hinton, who lives in Arizona.
Hinton said he was in the 5th Special Forces Group, the same group Shawn Jewell said Lisson claims to have been part of when in the Army, and he served around the same time Lisson would have in the 1980s. But Hinton doesn’t remember Lisson being one of his fellow soldiers.
Ooops, big mistake. There’s always someone who should know you. Some of my Facebook friends are people with whom I served all the way back to 1975. The internet is a very small place, especially in the military.
The reporter did his job, in this case. He talked to JD, Mary and Doug Sterner who are all interviewed in the article. You should click over and read the whole thing. Basically, Shawn Jewell, the owner of Reality Environment Applied Combat Tactics (REACT) should have checked out Lisson’s creds, since he was taking on Lisson as a partner with skills and supposed expertise Jewell needed for his business, but I understand, we all want to be told the truth and stop being so skeptical about people. But guys like Lisson don’t make that possible.
Category: Phony soldiers