The official music video was shot at Fort Irwin in California at the U.S. Army's National Training Center (NTC) and features active duty soldiers. Nine of the ten soldiers have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both. This type of access and clearance has never before been granted by the U.S. Army at Fort Irwin and they have given their full support for this project. All footage featured in the "Fight Or Flight" video was shot exclusively for the music video. Additional hyper-realistic combat scenes were shot at Strategic Operations in San Diego, CA, a civilian operated training facility for the military, border guards and police. A behind-the-scenes video was released in advance of the full-length music video and caught fire virally, having received over 12 million views to date: http://youtu.be/zUYymeLTndM.
"The cooperative effort between the music industry and the U.S. Army in the production of this video demonstrates the belief and confidence the industry has in our service members and an acknowledgement of the sacrifices military families make every day," Colonel Kurt Pinkerton, Commander of United States Army Garrison Fort Irwin, said. Lieutenant Colonel John Clearwater added, "Brilliantly executed, The Secret State's new video, 'Fight Or Flight,' is a powerful tribute to the spirit and dedication of America's warfighters."
This song and video are very personal to THE SECRET STATE: Dan Martiniano (Lead Vocals, Piano), Josh Jones (Guitar, Vocals), Hunter Schafer (Bass, Backup Vocals), Danny Espinosa (Digital Performer) and Mike Marx-Gibbons (Drums, Violin). The Baltimore-based five-some includes three members who have served in the military. Mike Marx-Gibbons enlisted in the Army on September 12, 2001 and has stayed in the Army National Guard to present. He served in Iraq from December 2003 to May 2005 as a Combat Medic. Band members Josh Jones and Danny Espinosa were in the Coast Guard and later served in Afghanistan as defense contractors.
"Throughout the process of filming the 'Fight Or Flight' video we have been privileged enough to meet some of the most selfless, courageous and humble men and women in this country," shares THE SECRET STATE. "Our goal has always been to pay tribute to them for what they do every day and give an honest and accurate account of their lives serving our country. We hope to raise a lot of money for them, a small thing we can do to thank them for their enormous sacrifice."
GallantFew, Inc's (501(c)3 Non-Profit) mission is to reduce U.S. Army Ranger veteran unemployment, homelessness and eliminate Ranger veteran suicide with a unique program of one-on-one mentoring by a Ranger veteran, now successful in civilian business, with a Ranger veteran just departed active duty. This effort is called the Darby Project (in honor of WWII's Darby's Rangers). GallantFew, Inc. meets these veterans during the process of departing from the military and coaches them through the transition process, assess their skills, desires and abilities, offers training as necessary, networks them professionally and socially back into the community, and will be a source of physical, social, professional and emotional support. Their dream is to one day be able to assist every honorably discharged veteran from every branch of the service. Co-founder Retired U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Michael Schlitz is featured in the video and was heavily involved in the filming process.
Fisher House Foundation is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. In 2012 alone, they served over 19,000 military families.