1-26 Blue Spaders Recon Unit
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The Blue Spaders are a Sniper Recon Unit that operated in the Korengal
Valley (the Valley of Death) for over sixth months receiving support from
the BVA AAP the entire time. We supplied them with cold weather boots and
gear for the harsh winter. During this time we lost three of them and
one wounded. Boots cost us dearly at $230 a piece for 30 men, but was
worth it considering the job that these brave warriors were performing.
Typically they watched and waited, called in drone strikes and then picked
off surviving Taliban scrambling out of caves. The National AAP helped to
fund the purchase of the boots and JC Penny donated the sneakers. Lt
Deen and his crew were very generous with pictures and emails keeping us up
to date on how they were doing. They also took part in working with in
the towns working with the village elders to protect them from the Taliban.
We got the boots in just in time
for Christmas and what an awesome gift.
My guys couldn't believe it. Thanks to Adopt-A-Platoon, the
holidays aren't as bad. The boots are just what we needed. We will
send pictures soon.
I can't thank you enough, Lt. Sam Deen
|Sorry I have been out of the loop for a while. We have received
the sneakers, woobies, and ghillie suits. Both are great and we
really appreciate it. My guys are digging the lightweight and
breathable suits...so they are being used. I have also set up a
new operation downtown, hence my not being able to check email.
The electric skillets you guys sent a while back are being used
almost daily too. Things are going well. My guys are getting
along pretty good with some recently successful missions.
Thanks again, and I just wanted to drop you a line to let you
know how things are going.
Pictured from left to right - SPC Richard Dyal, Lt. Sam Deen,
SPC Lenneth Kim. Look closely and you are staring into the
botton of the Korongal Valley. There is a town down at the
bottom left. This is the units COP where they would
typically go out in small units on recon and sniper missions.
Recon unit in Afghanistan (photo above and below).
Kym Jennings (right) of the JC Penney store at Roosevelt Field
presents Ken Erickson of Brookhaven Lab's Adopt-a-Platoon
program with 32 pairs of new sneakers, which will be delivered
next month to U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
The members of U.S. Army reconnaissance platoon 1-26IN will be
able to run faster and jump higher next month. On February 13,
the JC Penney department store of Roosevelt Field donated 32
pairs of new sneakers to the soldiers through the local chapter
of the Adopt-a-Platoon program, which is based at Brookhaven
"We are so grateful for the donation from JC Penney, and the
sneakers will go directly to soldiers in the front lines," said
Ken Erickson, a Ridge resident and Brookhaven Lab employee who
heads the local Adopt-a-Platoon chapter. "Most of these soldiers
in the platoon are about 19 years old and they're somebody's
kids. We want to do whatever we can to boost their morale and
make them comfortable while they're there."
The sneakers are scheduled to arrive in the Middle East next
month and will then be delivered via helicopter to the soldiers
who are stationed in the mountains of Afghanistan. While the
platoon originally requested 32 pairs of sneakers (one for each
soldier), only 29 will be used. Since the original request, two
members of the platoon have been killed and one has been
Adopt-a-Platoon Soldier Support Effort is a national nonprofit
organization that helps civilians to "adopt" a soldier or an
entire platoon of soldiers by providing them with letters and
items that they request including winter boots, shaving razors,
magazines, snacks, and even backup generators. Adopt-a-Platoon
accepts supplies and financial donations from individuals as
well as local, regional, and national businesses.
The Brookhaven Veterans Association's Adopt-a-Platoon team
has supported several platoons as well as deployed BNL employees
and their children since its inception two years ago. Anyone who
would like to adopt a soldier or a platoon, or contribute to the
Adopt-a-Platoon program should contact
2009-1103 | Media & Communications Office
October 15th was the Fourth Annual 'Unity Day' for DOE’s Brookhaven Site
Office (photo below). For them, Unity Day was a time to reflect upon
their different genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds and celebrate how
they unify us and make us a wonderful office. This year’s theme was “We Are
All Americans” and “Adopt-a-Platoon” was the main event. They collected and
shipped items to the Recon unit and thanked them for representing our Nation
so very far from home. 10/15/08
Last Modified: March 15, 2010
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