When I started my company 20 years ago, there were three amazing men who mentored me, supported me, and inspired my designs. They were Chris Dwiggins, Ben Lennett and Pat Rogers. I smile remembering meet ups at Gunsite (a shooting training center in Prescott, AZ) of the four of us talking over SOTech's newest designs.
These were not just SOTech's hallmark designs, but every SOCOM member got issued an IFAK derived from these designs, and tens of thousands of troops and Marines were issued a chest rig derived from those early designs. Those early days inspired me and they drove me.
Chris died about 10 years ago, Ben died about 2 years ago, and now Pat is gone.
There were three great men in that circle, and one guy who was just lucky to be there. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to embed their ideas in some good gear that has saved so many lives.
Semper Fi Pat.
There is another hole in the ranks at S.O.Tech. An ever present smile, an uplifting sense of humor and the touch of a true craftsman. For over a decade, Chuy’s blade cut sheets that became the gear that protected and supported soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and officers of the law. His crafted pieces saw service from the streets of our cities to far away battlefields. He left an impact on the world’s warriors, and he left an impact on our family. It was Chuy’s sweat that built our company, and we stood by him as he fought the disease. A great craftsman and a good friend, he will be missed.