When I learned that Nick Coffman was departing SOFREP for greener pastures I felt as many of you do. Gut punched. I’d known Nick for about a year in total and only worked with him for a handful of months, but in that short time, I witnessed his unerring quality and his commitment to the work, the writers, and the SOFREP community. Nick’s the guy you want in your foxhole; the guy you want next to you on the firing line. His departure marks a huge loss for SOFREP. 

To make matters worse, his departure is preceded by that of Stavros Atlamazoglou, a man who’s earned the respect of everyone who knows him. While I’ve only ever conversed with Stavros online, I could sense immediately that he possesses the rare combination of grit, selflessness, and intellect. For every article he wrote or edited, there were a hundred tasks — most of them thankless — that he carried out every day without so much as a raised eyebrow. 

It’s in this difficult place which I find myself. 

Let’s call a spade a spade. I’m a relative nobody, maybe even an interloper. I’m an Army Reservist who did a single tour in Afghanistan. I don’t have any tabs. I’m neither an operator nor a grey man.