We Are Diminished: Pat Rogers Passes Away - ITS Tactical
 

We Are Diminished: Pat Rogers Passes Away

By Bryan Black

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I’m disheartened to be posting today that Pat Rogers, a true pioneer and industry icon has passed away. While I haven’t been able to track down anything more than this, to say we’re diminished is putting it lightly. I was working with Pat on an impending interview at ITS and I’m almost beyond words at today’s news. I had just spoken to him recently and everything seemed to be fine. He had the same salty air to him that he had when I met him during the first instructional course I took outside of the military back in 2009, just before founding ITS.

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Pat wasn’t only known for his training company, EAG Tactical, but for his time as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, a Sergeant with the New York Police Department, a free fall photographer and one of the most respected and prolific writers around. He always considered himself a student first and could find humor in any situation, especially in awarding his beloved moose cock patch that will forever live in infamy.

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Fair Winds and Following Seas, Pat. You are truly missed…

 

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Discussion

48 comments
Paul Heubeck
Paul Heubeck

I just heard the news about Pat and so very sorry.  God Speed.


Paul Heubeck D-3375

Mike Grace
Mike Grace

Thanks. Any additional info that comes your way about services or anything please pass it along. Thanks for posting this guys!

Chris White
Chris White

He has truly been an inspiration in my life and one of the prolific voices in my head while I attempt to make myself better at what I do. I wear my Moosecock proudly... ....FUCKIN A!!!

randyho2
randyho2

Well, shit. 

RIP, Pat. 

Barry Carrier
Barry Carrier

He will be missed, a trainers trainer! RIP Brother

norgedane
norgedane

Pat Rodgers rare skill was distilling knowledge from life and career as a Marine, as a Police Officer (two career-length tenures--truly remarkable), and as a Citizen into a coherent and logical approach to protecting oneself in almost any environment.

He was generous and incredibly prolific with that knowledge on the firing line, in the pages of SWAT Magazine, online forums and finally online video (where his wit almost matched his knowledge). His insight into the Profession of Arms, Industry and even Teaching (evidenced by the incredible course AARs he published) was truly awe-inspiring.


His standard line when recognizing someone's passing was to state, "We are diminished."


With Pat's passing, it WE who are TRULY diminished.

Gerald Barbo
Gerald Barbo

This is very sad news. Rest in peace, Pat. We miss you.

Skip Harris
Skip Harris

Pat is literally responsible for most of my weapons skills and all of my teaching skills.


I am crushed.


He was the best!



eodltc
eodltc

I always learned from him and truly enjoyed his company.  We are diminished and I will miss him.

Doc L
Doc L

It is amazing the lives he influenced and the people he helped.

Fair winds, brother.  Oorah


Yes, "We are diminished"


fm842
fm842

A great man who will truly be missed!

rottenit
rottenit

Holy crap I just spoke with a week ago :(

MarineFO
MarineFO

Fair winds and following seas, Semper Fidelis brother!

CarlosSantillan
CarlosSantillan

I am still in shock about this.  I last saw and talked to Pat April 16th when I attended his AK Familiarization Course.  His knowledge, expertise and humor will be sorely missed.

David Potts
David Potts

Rest in Peace. We are TRULY diminished.

J.B. Knopp
J.B. Knopp

I met him a few years back. A really cool guy and True American!!! God Speed good sir.

Bryan Watts
Bryan Watts

Reported as a heart attack over in Primary & Secondary. RIP.

Frank Aguirre
Frank Aguirre

Idk how I feel about Pat, thankful that he served our country but he always had this weird vague racism about his posts.

Robert Bull
Robert Bull

GTFO Bernie Bro. I promise, he didn't give a fuck what ethnicity you claim.

Jimmy Bumpus
Jimmy Bumpus

Dude shut the hell up. You are an idiot.

Frank Aguirre
Frank Aguirre

Ok I changed my mind, thanks for telling me to shut up, that really cleared things up.

CarlosSantillan
CarlosSantillan

I can tell you without any doubt that your prejudice about Pat is absolutely wrong.  I am an Immigrant myself and I consider Pat a good friend and one heck of an instructor.  I last saw him at his AK Familiarization Course April 16th at High View, WV.


If you avoided attending any of Pat's courses because of some "weird vague racism" your feeble mind conjured up based on something your read on the internet, then you missed out on one of the best Tactical Firearms Instructors who offered courses that are not limited to LEOs or Military personnel.


There is a time and place when you should post how you personally feel about one of the greatest Americans you will never meet.  And the eve of his death is not it.  Now show some class and STFU!!

Turker Nayan
Turker Nayan

I always hoped to be able to meet him at Shot Show in the Las Vegas "We are diminished" :'(

Luke
Luke

Pat never one attended any SHOT show

Antonio Tobias
Antonio Tobias

Terrible news. I had always hoped to be able to meet him and attend some of his trainings. What a loss. "We are diminished"

Ben Crabtree
Ben Crabtree

Does the Rogers/Surefire flashlight technique (syringe grip) bear his name ? Or is it named for a different Mr Rogers ?

lear60
lear60

Bill Rogers.

rogersshootingschool.com

Chris Albin
Chris Albin

I never had the privilege of meeting the man or training with him but we chatted about training , firearms , and both of us having been through the NYPD HNT training . The world has lost a true gentleman and a warrior scholar . Rest In Peace Brother

Chris Christensen
Chris Christensen

That really sucks. I followed him here on FB; he was a smart and interesting guy. Shit.

Shannon
Shannon

I just saw this news online and am so sad. He was a giant and will be missed.

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